LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Morris Polich & Purdy LLP is pleased to announce that Timothy J. Toohey joined the firm as a partner on November 1, 2013. A US and EU Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US and CIPP/EU), Tim is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard University and UC Berkeley School of Law.  Additionally, Tim attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. His practice is concentrated on data protection and privacy matters, complex litigation and intellectual property. An authority in the field, Tim has authored the timely book in the cyber arena Understanding Privacy & Data Protection - What You Need to Know with Thomson Reuters/Aspatore (2014). The book provides a succinct and fundamental study, offering key guidance regarding the many existing domestic and international laws while addressing technological developments that impact privacy and data security. Bringing a wealth of experience to the firm, Tim has assumed the leadership of the firm's established cyber, privacy & data security team.

Tim has handled a wide range of privacy and data breach matters, including advice regarding the Federal Credit Reporting Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and the US/EU Safe Harbor. He has handled matters relating to cloud computing, and the privacy and security implications of "smart" devices and social media. He has also advised clients regarding California's Song-Beverly Act, California Security Breach Notice requirements and international privacy and security issues, including compliance with European Union (E.U.) data protection and privacy directives.

"Tim compliments and enhances MPP's cyber, privacy and data security practice, bringing vast insight and experience gathered throughout his distinguished career," said MPP Managing Partner Don Ridge. "The expansion of the cyber, privacy & data security team is part of MPP's continuing business strategy to further support our clients by recruiting exceptionally talented and experienced attorneys who add depth to the firm's practice. Our team covers both the financial and health aspects (HIPAA) and we know the importance of this field. Tim adds another dimension to a team that protects our clients' interests, both helping to avoid issues and dealing with them quickly and effectively where they do occur."

About MPP

Morris Polich & Purdy LLP is a law firm that works with its clients on a national basis. We represent clients in every state, as well as many U.S. possessions. We also have a wealth of international affiliations. The firm established in 1969 has approximately 100 attorneys located in five offices in California and Nevada specializing in over thirty practice areas.

Our dedication to clients, combined with extensive experience, both in the trial and appellate courts, are the qualities that distinguish us from other law firms. Our attorneys are known for their vast experience and success. We provide superior legal services in a manner consistent with our clients' businesses and providing client service at the highest level.