Faculty: Justin L. Root

Root150Justin Root practices in Dickinson Wright’s Litigation Department and is a member of the firm’s Governmental Investigations & SEC Enforcement and Data Privacy Practice Groups.

Clients with cybersecurity and information privacy concerns and challenges hire Justin for his experienced, tenacious, and thorough approach to data privacy and navigating an incident response. Justin’s breadth of experience, which includes service as a Special Deputy United States Marshal on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cybercrime Task Force, is ever-present in his calming and clear analysis and strategic assessments of and approaches to cybersecurity and data privacy issues. As a result, Justin’s solutions-oriented approach reflects an appreciation for and is tailored to a client’s industry, segment, risk and dynamic needs.

With 17 years of law enforcement experience, Justin brings a unique and rare mix of legal and technical knowledge and depth to his proactive approach to cybersecurity risk assessments, mitigation and remediation, and to policy development and implementation. Justin has technical credentials unique among attorneys. He is a GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner and has received training from the SANS Institute, the National White Collar Crime Center, X-Ways Software Technology, and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. He also is a member of the Ohio Attorney General’s Legal Cybersecurity Subcommittee. Justin possesses an ideal knowledge set and perspective to design a company’s cybersecurity policy, written information security program, and incident response plan, and to formulate and execute data security incident, regulatory investigation, or ransomware attack response. Justin is also a seasoned litigator who anticipates and helps clients avoid risk exposure arising from information privacy and cybersecurity incidents.

Justin designs compliance solutions for clients’ data privacy mandates to reduce exposure to regulatory scrutiny. He has handled cybersecurity matters including network intrusions, unauthorized computer use, and data exfiltration across a broad range of industries. He has represented clients during post-breach investigations and has helped clients navigate the national patchwork of data breach notification laws. Justin’s efficiency, knowledge and results-oriented approach flexes to accommodate and addresses a broad range of industry-specific expectations and practical implementation considerations and requirements.

Drawing on years of experience as a data privacy attorney and as a cyber investigator for federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, Justin is uniquely situated to help clients anticipate and respond to data security events. Justin’s 17 years of law enforcement experience includes service as a Special Agent for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Cyber Crime Unit, a Special Deputy United States Marshal on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cybercrime Task Force, and as a police detective handling computer-related and white collar criminal investigations. Justin previously served as a techno-legal subject matter expert for the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies’ Technology Committee, assisted the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission develop a new electronic evidence lesson plan for the Ohio basic peace officer training curriculum, and testified as an expert witness on the topic of computer forensics.

Justin lectures frequently on cybercrime, cybersecurity risks, and incident prevention and response. Justin leverages his vast experience to help clients recognize, understand, and respond to cybersecurity and data privacy obligations and incidents.

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When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
7:00 am - 8:15 am (breakfast & registration)
8:15 am - 5:00 pm (followed by cocktail party)
Where: Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave, NW
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