We represent clients in Louisiana and nationwide.

In today’s technological environment, stories of email being compromised, companies held hostage by ransomware and data breaches such as Target and eBay in 2014, AshleyMadison.com and even the Federal Government Office of Personnel Management, have generated more emphasis on the Privacy and Security of a company’s data.

Data Privacy and Security is not just a technological issue, but a platform being held up by three legs: technology, human resources and the law. Without one of these resources being adequately supported, that platform is destined to eventually fall. Very few attorneys and law firms have a blending of expertise in information technology, privacy and data breach law and human resource training that can guide a company to fully integrate a data privacy and information security program.

Moreover, both individuals and companies have become victim to data breaches and intrusion, and have suffered financial and personal damage as a result. Theft of personal information, proprietary company data and trade secrets are becoming all too common, either by disgruntled employees of the company or by corporate espionage.

Firm Overview

Cyber Counsel’s Data Privacy and Security practice can provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Data Privacy Policy & Notice
  • Data Breach Investigation and Response
  • Expert Testimony
  • Cybersecurity and Cybercrime
  • Social Media
  • eDiscovery
  • Information Security Policy/Procedures
  • Business Privacy Legal Compliance

Our Attorneys

Todd Slack, MS, JD, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, FIP, CISSP

Todd R. Slack concentrates his practice in the areas of data privacy & security, data breach analysis and investigation, digital forensic investigation, and digital evidence. In addition to providing technical expert review and testimony, he also advises both businesses and practicing attorneys in the areas of eDiscovery, Data Privacy and Security and the preservation, collection, handling and analysis of Digital Evidence (Digital Forensics). For over twenty years, his legal practice has ranged from representing individuals, small and medium-sized businesses and major corporations, both in civil litigation and client advising.

He holds the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is their highest level of professional excellence, and has been nominated to SuperLawyers from 2012 -2017. Mr. Slack plays a very active role in his community, serving as a Board member to several organizations including the United Way for Southeast Louisiana and also Louisiana’s highest-ranked public school, Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans.

Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1996
  • Texas, 2010
  • All United States District Courts for Louisiana
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • United States Supreme Court
Education/Certifications
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP), Awarded to less than 500 of IAPP’s 30,000+ members world-wide
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional for U.S. Sector (CIPP/US), Sept. 2016, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional, Europe (CIPP/E), Dec. 2017, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), Feb. 2017, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Champlain College, Master of Science in Digital Forensic Science, Oct. 2016
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude, May 1996
  • Grove City College, Bachelor of Arts in Computer Systems and in Accounting, May 1990
Professional Associations
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners
  • SuperLawyers (2012-current)
  • The Sedona Conference, Working Group 11 (Data Privacy & Security), Working Group 1 (Electronic Document Retention and Production)
  • United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Chairman of the Board (2015-16); Member of the Board of Directors (2009-current); Corporate Treasurer (2010-current)
  • Ben Franklin High School, New Orleans, LA; Member of the Board of Directors (2015-current)
  • Loyola University Thomas More Inn of Court; Secretary (2014-2016); President (2007-2010); President-Elect (2005-2007); Executive Committee (2001-current); Program Chairman (2001-2005)
  • Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law, Visiting Committee (2016-current)
  • Loyola Law Review Alumni Committee, Member (2002-current)
  • New Orleans Ballet Theatre; Board of Directors (2013-14)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, appointed by State Bar President to be Member of Committee on Technology (2005-current)
  • Technology Advisory Committee to the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana (2005-2008)
Publications
  • Pfiffner v. Correa: Determining the Necessity of Expert Testimony in a Medical Malpractice Claim, 41 Loyola Law Review 365 (1995).
  • Heaton v. Monogram Credit Card Bank of Georgia, 818 So.2d 240, 2001-1415 (La.App. 4 Cir. 4/10/02), also Heaton v. Monogram Credit Card Bank of Georgia, 231 F.3d 994 (5th Cir.(La.) Nov 02, 2000) (NO. 99-31341), also 297 F.3d 416, 52 Fed.R.Serv.3d 1286 (5th Cir.(La.) Jul 08, 2002) (NO. 01-30104) (banking class action that contested the applicability of the Federal Banking Laws to violations of the Louisiana Consumer Credit Law).
  • Hockerson-Halberstadt, Inc. v. Propet USA, Inc., 62 Fed.Appx. 322 (Fed.Cir. Apr 01, 2003) (upholding victory in trial court of patent infringement of a design for a midsole in an athletic shoe.  Mr. Slack was trial counsel for the jury trial in the Federal District Court).
  • Clashing Interest: A Louisiana Lawsuit Challenges Rates, Fees at a GE-Owned Bank, The Wall Street Journal, Page A, Column 1, Paul Beckett, March 30, 2001 (front page article in Wall Street Journal detailing favorable ruling obtained in Federal District Court in banking class action)
  • A Battle of Great Interest, New Orleans Times Picayune, Section F, Page 1, Mary Judice, August 12, 2001 (detailing banking class action case)

Our Affiliates

Charlie Platt, CISSP, ISSMP, EnCE, CEH

Charlie founded Bitscope Consulting in the fall of 2004 with the goal of providing consulting services to small and mid-sized companies.  Charlie holds a masters degreee in cybersecurity and management, and is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), an EnCase Cerfified Examiner (EnCE) and certified in software development and database technology as well.

Charlie’s experience includes working with large government organizations, such as The Dept. of State, Freddie Mac, NASA and The Smithsonian Institution, as well as commercial enterprises from small, local businesses to large multi-national corporations.

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesplatt/
www.bitscopeconsulting.com

BS, Computer Information Systems, Roanoke College
MS, Mgt. Secure Information Systems, George Mason Univ.
Principal Consultant, Bitscope Consulting, LLC
Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP)
Information Security System Management Professional (ISSMP)
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
Encase Certified Examiner (EnCE)
A+ Certified
Network+ Certified
Microsoft Certified Professional

Extensive experience in Cybersecurity, Forensics, and Data Analytics, including testifying as a qualified expert in multiple courts, ransomware investigations, data breach involving confidential information, international counterfeiting, insurance fraud investigation, and medical records audit trails.

Tom Matzen, Esq.

Tom is the President of Matzen Consulting Group, assisting corporations and law firms, both large and small, with their eDiscovery, Data Security and Data Privacy requirements.  Tom has spent 18 years in the e-Discovery and data security fields specializing in complex, international matters.  He has led hundreds of collections in over 30 countries in addition to leading breach response and ransomware teams.  Tom is also an Expert in search term methods/technology and e-Discovery best practices having assisted in over 100 meet and confer conferences.

Tom is an active member of multiple Sedona Conference Working Groups (an electronic discovery think thank) and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  In his “spare time,” Tom is a City Council member for the city of Bee Cave, Texas.

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-matzen-89926a1/
Twitter:  @tommatzen

BA, Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, Michigan St. Univ.
BA, International Relations, Michigan St. Univ.
JD, University of Pittsburgh
Licensed to Practice Law in Washington, D.C.
Expertise in:
GDPR Consulting
eDiscovery Vendor Selection/Meet and Confer Consulting
Data Security Assessment and Encryption Solutions
Ransomware/Cyber Attack Response and Triage
Forensic Collections
Blockchain Education and Consulting
IoT Collection and Visualization