Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

Porzio Women’s Initiative Network CLE Event: Ethics and Eggs

12/1/2017| Event

Porzio's Women's Initiative Network (WIN) and the Women's Networking Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel New Jersey Chapter (ACC-NJ) will co-sponsor a complimentary breakfast seminar on December 1, 2017. The program, "Ethics and Eggs," will take place from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Porzio's offices in Morristown, New Jersey. 

Join us for a dynamic program designed to provide you with impactful information on ethics and hot legal topics. Gain valuable insight from experienced Porzio attorneys and our esteemed panel of Retired Judges and Justices: Justice James H. Coleman, Jr., Judge Maurice J. Gallipoli, Justice Helen E. Hoens, Justice Virginia A. Long and Judge Alvin Weiss.


8:00 AM  Breakfast and Networking
8:30 AM  Welcome
8:35 AM  Substantive Scramble:

  • Real Estate Issues Fueled By Legalization of Cannabis - The Landlord Perspective
  • Clinical Research Compliance
  • Recent Developments in Personal Jurisdiction Challenges
  • Privacy and Cybersecurity - 5 Steps to Get Started

9:35 AM  Friending, Social Media and Ethics
9:55 AM  ABA's New Anti-discrimination Rule 8.4(g)
10:15 AM  Break
10:25 AM  Table Top Scramble: Ethics Scenarios
11:15 AM  Tales from the Bench: Gender, Ethics, and Professionalism
12:15 PM  Closing Remarks

This event is complimentary, but registration is required. Click here to register. Please RSVP by November 28, 2017. 

This program is pending approval by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 4.0 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 4.0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism, 0 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law, and 0 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in criminal trial law, workers compensation law and/or matrimonial law. BCLE Reg. 302:10

Porzio's Women’s Initiatives Network provides women attorneys and managers monthly opportunities for networking, professional development and training. For more information about WIN and other firm events and initiatives, please click here

PorzioLS is Sponsoring the Life Sciences Privacy and Cyber Security Forum

10/25/2017| Event

Porzio Life Sciences (PorzioLS), in conjunction with the Morris County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC), will sponsor a Life Sciences Privacy and Cyber Security Forum. The event will take place on October 25, 2017 at Porzio's offices in Morristown, New Jersey. 

8:00 - 8:30am:  Networking and Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00am:  Threat Briefing & Implementing Effective Cyber Security Measures
10:00 - 10:25am:  Break and Networking
10:25 - 10:45am:  Life Sciences Case Study: HIPAA Enhanced Cyber Protection for Healthcare Organizations
10:45 - 11:30am:  National and International Perspectives on the Threat Environment  

Join us for two panel discussions and a case study on implementing effective cybersecurity measures, learn about national and international perspectiveson the threat environment and hear about HIPAA cyber protections. Porzio principal William J. Hughes, Jr. will moderate the Threat Briefing & Implementing Effective Cyber Security Measures session and principal Brian P. Sharkey will speak on the Life Sciences Case Study: HIPAA Enhanced Cyber Protection for Healthcare Organizations panel discussion.

To learn more about this free event or to register, please click here.

Porzio Principals Presented at CBI's Data Privacy Summit for Life Sciences

10/30/2017| Event

Porzio principals William J. Hughes, Jr. and Deirdre Wheatley-Liss presented during CBI's Data Privacy Summit for Life Sciences, in Philadelphia, PA. The session, "Playbook for Addressing a Data Breach," took place at 2:15 PM on October 30, 2017. 

In response to the recent influx of data breaches and the impact of current privacy law updates, this Summit was designed to foster an open discussion on securing the collection, transfer and use of personal data. Attendees walked away with strategies for how to prepare the threat of a breach, while exploring the unique challenges to data privacy in the life sciences industry. 

William Hughes is an experienced litigator representing clients in federal white collar investigations and criminal defense, complex commercial litigation in the areas of cybersecurity, antitrust, fraud, intellectual property, commercial and shareholder disputes.

Deirdre Wheatley-Liss helps organizations to meet regulatory requirements by assessing current data privacy and cybersecurity policies against best practice frameworks. Ms. Wheatley-Liss provides counseling pertaining to policies and pre-incident planning, in order to minimize loss in the case of a potential breach. She is a frequent lecturer on best practices and corporate governance as related to privilege and cybersecurity. 

Principal Deirdre Wheatley-Liss Presenting to Insurance Professionals on Cybersecurity Best Practices

10/27/2017| Event

Principal Deirdre R. Wheatley-Liss is presenting to the International Association of Insurance Professionals on "Cybersecurity Best Practices." The session will take place on October 27, 2017 at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway, New Jersey. 

Ms. Wheatley-Liss helps organizations to meet regulatory requirements by assessing current data privacy and cybersecurity policies against best practice frameworks. She provides counseling pertaining to policies and pre-incident planning, in order to minimize loss in the case of a potential breach.  

The International Association of Insurance Professionals serves its members by providing professional education and networking opportunities throughout the insurance industry. To learn more, please visit

William Hughes, Jr. Joins Porzio; Attends Swearing-in of Justice Gorsuch

4/10/2017| News

Effective Saturday, April 8, 2017, William (Bill) J. Hughes, Jr. has joined the law firm of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. (Porzio) as a Principal. Coincidentally, on his first day on the job at Porzio, Mr. Hughes will be attending the swearing in of his high school friend, Judge Neil Gorsuch, as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

“Today I am excited to be a part of two transitions,” said Mr. Hughes. “Not only am I honored to witness my good friend Neil Gorsuch become a member of our nation’s highest court, but I am also thrilled to be joining the preeminent Porzio, Bromberg & Newman law firm. Renowned for being a leader in litigation, Porzio prides itself on exceptional service to its clients, and provides nothing less. I look forward to joining my new colleagues and expanding Porzio’s brand into South Jersey.”

“When taking on the role of Porzio’s Managing Principal last month, my first goal was to bring new and seasoned talent to our team. With Bill joining Porzio, I know we are acquiring one of New Jersey’s best attorneys,” said Vito A. Gagliardi, Jr., Porzio’s Managing Principal. “Bill has a diverse practice focused on federal white collar investigations, criminal defense, and complex commercial litigation in the areas of cybersecurity, antitrust, fraud, and shareholder disputes. In addition to his impressive professional experience, Bill brings with him an incredible network and provides a formidable entry into the South Jersey legal community. For many years, Porzio has been looking to add a white-collar criminal practice, and Bill brings us that and more.”

Mr. Hughes most recently served as a partner at Cooper Levenson in their Atlantic City office. He is the first attorney to ever be awarded a restraining order against a federal agency. In October, a judge ordered federal agents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to cease contact with two government’s confidential informants, who say they were threatened by federal agents with losing their rare horseshoe crab harvesting permit if they did not cooperate with the government’s investigation. Mr. Hughes was defending a Lower Township tuna fisherman. 

Mr. Hughes also has experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Camden, where he prosecuted cases from tax and white-collar fraud to international drug smuggling. Mr. Hughes’s resume includes a stint as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division working on high-profile cases such as United States v. Microsoft, U.S. v. NASDAQ Market Makers, and U.S. v. Moody's Rating Services. Mr. Hughes clerked for the Honorable John F. Gerry, Chief Judge for the District Court of New Jersey and Chairman of the Executive Committee for the United States Judicial Conference. In 2014, Mr. Hughes ran for Congress in NJ-2, a seat previously held by his father.

Mr. Hughes holds a LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and a J.D. from Rutgers University Law School – Camden, a M.A. from the Eagleton Institute of Politics and Public Policy at Rutgers University, and a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College. He is a member of the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC bars. Hughes is a resident of Northfield, New Jersey. 

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