The law firm of Adams and Reese is proud to announce the formation of a new practice area, “Privacy, Data Security and Information Governance,” that brings together attorneys from several practices and industries to serve clients’ needs in emerging issues related to the legal and business challenges associated with the effective management of critical information.

“Information is the lifeblood of any organization,” said Jack Pringle, Partner in the Adams and Reese Columbia office and the practice team leader of Privacy, Data Security and Information Governance. “In the age of big data, a successful company must utilize its data assets wisely in order to deliver value to its owners, business partners, and customers.”

In addition, a rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape places significant privacy and information security requirements on businesses. “All enterprises must protect their sensitive information, as well as that of their employees, customers, and business partners, from unauthorized disclosure and misuse,” Pringle said.

Pringle said the consequences for failing to safeguard sensitive information are severe, from not only a legal and financial perspective, but also because of the significant and lasting injury to brand and reputation that follows.

Adams and Reese attorneys on the Privacy, Data Security and Information Governance team will draw upon their experience in intellectual property (IP), commercial and class-action litigation, health care, banking, employment and other areas, to help clients comply with the privacy and security requirements applicable to their businesses, in order to  manage and protect information effectively. The team assists clients in their compliance with state, federal, and international laws and standards regulating the collection, use, sharing, and protection of information.

Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with more than 340 attorneys and advisors strategically located in 16 offices in 15 markets throughout the southern United States and Washington, D.C. American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation's top law firms - "The Am Law 200". The National Law Journal also includes the firm on the "NLJ 350" list of the nation's largest law firms.