Stephen Reynolds has joined Baker McKenzie's North America Intellectual Property and Technology ("IPTech") practice as a partner in the Chicago office, where he will advise businesses on complex cybersecurity and privacy matters.
Stephen brings years of experience responding to cybersecurity incidents, including ransomware attacks, fund transfer fraud, data breaches, and business email compromise matters. He has also litigated through trial products liability cases, construction litigation, trade secrets litigation, and general commercial litigation, and has vast experience in the healthcare industry. Stephen comes to Baker McKenzie from Ice Miller, where he co-founded the Data Security and Privacy Practice.
"Stephen's experience in the cyber incident response and privacy advisory space will enhance our capabilities and strengthen our approach to meeting clients' needs on a range of timely cybersecurity and privacy challenges," said Brian Hengesbaugh, Chair of the Firm's IPTech Global Data Privacy and Security Business Unit.
Stephen's background as a former computer programmer and IT analyst positions him to uniquely approach cases involving data security and privacy, electronic discovery, social media discovery, and computer forensics.
"By mitigating cyber threats through proactive preventative measures and navigating complex litigation on behalf of clients in cybersecurity and privacy, Stephen will lead the Firm and our clients into a new, more secure, era of doing business," said Pam Church, Chair of the Firm's North America Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group.
"Cybersecurity challenges are more sophisticated and more disruptive today than they have ever been, and their prevalence has only grown over the past year with the advent of COVID-19. With governments in the US and elsewhere issuing transformative guidance and companies innovating at rapid rates to get ahead of the problem, Baker McKenzie is positioned to be the service provider of choice for clients looking to understand what they're up against. Stephen will round out an already solid IPTech practice at the Firm." said Colin Murray, North America Chief Executive Officer.
Stephen added, "I am excited to be joining Baker McKenzie and look forward to working with the Baker McKenzie team to help our clients address these critical cybersecurity and privacy matters."
Baker McKenzie's leading team helps protect clients against cybersecurity threats by developing, managing and implementing data security policies, procedures and emergency plans. We assist in investigating data breaches, identifying reporting and notification obligations, and implementing strategies to minimize loss or damage. We also train company personnel on strategies and policies to minimize data security risks, respond to urgent data securities incidents, and represent clients in disputes and investigations following data security breaches.
Stephen received his JD from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and his BA from the University of Florida. He is a member of the board of directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).