PHILADELPHIA (June 22, 2015) – Odia Kagan, an attorney who focuses on technology transactions, privacy, and data security, has joined Ballard Spahr as of counsel in Philadelphia, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today.
Ms. Kagan regularly advises clients on compliance with privacy and data security regulations as well as on privacy aspects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and engagements of third-party vendors. She will be a member of the firm’s Privacy and Data Security and Mergers and Acquisitions Groups.
“Privacy and data security issues are critically important to our clients and the firm is committed to remaining at the forefront of developments in this key area,” said Daniel McKenna, who co-chairs Ballard Spahr’s Privacy and Data Security Group with Philip Yannella. “Odia can see around the corner on evolving privacy issues and has the skill and background we were looking for to add depth to the team. We are delighted to welcome her.”
Ms. Kagan has represented technology and emerging growth companies in information and security transactions and on questions of conducting business online. A frequent lecturer and writer on privacy issues, Ms. Kagan is a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional in the laws of the U.S. private-sector (CIPP/US) and in the laws of the European Union (CIPP/E). She teaches cybersecurity and privacy regulation at Drexel University's Kline School of Law and was selected one of Pennsylvania’s “Lawyers on the Fast Track” for 2013 by The Legal Intelligencer.
A former first lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Forces, Ms. Kagan served as a military advocate and as a legal adviser to the Military Advocate General. She also was an adviser on comparative telecommunications law to the head of the Council for Cable and Satellite Broadcasting of the Israel Ministry of Communications. She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New York, and Israel and holds inactive admissions as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in England and Wales and as a Legal Practitioner in New South Wales, Australia.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kagan practiced in law firms in Philadelphia and Israel, where she was a technology transactions, privacy, and data security attorney. The Privacy and Data Security Group at Ballard Spahr helps clients navigate the many laws designed to safeguard health, financial, and other private information. Its attorneys counsel on compliance, data mining, online marketing, mobile privacy, and response to security breaches.
“Ballard Spahr represents leading clients in sectors for whom privacy and cybersecurity issues are of particular concern—such as banking and financial services, hotels and resorts, communications, and life sciences and technology,” said Ms. Kagan. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues and helping continue to develop a national practice in privacy and data security.”
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