Daniel Girard and will share insights on emerging issues in privacy and data breach litigation at an upcoming day-long panel presented by HB Litigation Conferences on February 11, 2016 in San Francisco. Daniel and fellow co-chairs have gathered distinguished plaintiff and defense attorneys and forensic experts for a series of discussions addressing court opinion on data breach litigation; best practices for collecting digital evidence; data breach case valuation and settlement structures; insurance carriers’ responses to cyberattacks and the effects on policyholders; the role of the Federal Trade Commission and Attorneys General; and what’s on the horizon in this emerging field of law. Daniel and his co-chairs will deliver opening remarks to begin the day’s discussions. Daniel Girard will continue with an analysis of recent court decisions in data breach litigation and how these decisions will impact future cases. Daniel’s analysis will also touch on why some data breach cases survive early motions while others do not. David Berger will draw on his experience for an early afternoon discussion of defenses in data breach litigation and cases against responsible third parties. Specifically, David will explore the elements of defenses in cases when data breaches don’t cause harm; lack of commonality and other hurdles to class certification; and respond to plaintiffs’ legal theories presented by earlier panelists. Girard Sharp Data Breach Leadership Girard Sharp is an established leader in data breach and privacy litigation. Daniel Girard Daniel Girard was recently appointed to serve as Lead Counsel in consolidated national litigation against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) concerning the June 2015 data breach. Mr. Girard will represent the interests of some 20 million federal employees affected by the breach, called possibly “the most devastating cyberattack in our nation’s history.” Mr. Girard also serves as Lead Counsel in In re: Sony Pictures Entertainment Data Breach, representing current and former Sony Pictures employees whose information was compromised by hackers in November 2014. Additionally, he serves as Interim Co-Lead Counsel in In re: Lenovo Adware Litigation, representing consumers who purchased Lenovo computers pre-equipped with spyware that scans users’ private data in order to serve targeted advertisements. Daniel currently serves as one of four attorneys appointed to leadership positions in In re Anthem, Inc. Data Breach Litigation, concerning one of the largest data breaches in history. Girard Sharp LLP currently represents victims of other data breaches involving Premera Blue Cross, Experian and T-Mobile, Home Depot, and Vizio. Mr. Girard has been named among The Best Lawyers in America consecutively since 2012, and have been recognized among the “Top 100” Super Lawyers in Northern California. The partners have earned AV-Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing them in the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills.