Lori S. Nugent focuses her practice on cybersecurity and privacy issues. She has served as lead counsel responding to and defending over 1,000 data breaches, as well ransomware situations and variety of privacy problems. Lori has defended breached operations of all sizes in a wide variety of market sectors, including retail, health care, financial institutions, energy and utilities, public entities, hospitality, high tech, and higher education, as well as for a variety of professionals.
As a first-responder to cyber crisis situations, Lori leads a team of specially trained attorneys, on call 24/7. She is the calm voice of experience in the eye of whatever cyber storm emerges. At her fingertips, Lori has a wide-ranging network of highly skilled people, including key vendors, who are ready to help contain and defend against whatever attackers try today or tomorrow.
Lori builds strong legal defenses into breach responses. Defenses she built in responding to the largest breach in our client’s market sector led to settlement of a $6.5 billion data breach class action for less than six figures. The related investigations by over 20 state and federal regulators were closed without assessment of any fines, penalties, or corrective actions.
Lori has unique insight. Her perspective helps operational teams, senior management, and boards of directors improve an organization’s cyber legal defensibility. She assists in developing practical, legally defensible solutions. Collaborating with technologists, operational leaders, and in-house lawyers, Lori adds her expertise to assist in building strong teams in the fight against ever-changing, well-funded attackers. She understands the constantly mutating attack vectors, the vulnerabilities that attackers seek, and continuously works to develop and deploy practical countermeasures that enhance legal defenses.
Mergers and acquisitions teams also seek Lori’s perspective in connection with cyber diligence for acquisitions and funding. For acquiring organizations, Lori facilitates determination of cyber risk appetite, and quick evaluation of a target’s current state. Where warranted, Lori delves deeper and provides insight concerning the time and cost needed for the target to meet the acquirer’s risk appetite for cyber risk. For emerging operations, Lori identifies cost-effective steps that enhance the organization’s ability to retain its valuation as funding or sale is sought. She also helps companies to reduce sales friction with a variety of techniques that make it easier for the organization’s product or service to meet its potential customers’ vendor management procurement requirements.
Lori also works with a variety of insurers, brokers, and companies to create and enhance insurance solutions to protect companies from the negative financial impact of cyber liabilities, including data breaches. She encourages careful analysis of cyber exposures, and facilitates thoughtful evaluation of insurance coverage and reserving options.