Rich Lee: Data Security: You Can Do More Than You Think

Attorneys are counselors and problem solvers at times when there’s a lot on the line — money, reputation and even freedom. Attorneys are trusted with highly sensitive data, like personal client information and business strategies. If the data are lost, leaked or even held for ransom, it could cause irreparable damage and even violate lawyers’ ethical rules.

With so much on the line, data security should be a consideration for all attorneys and their staff. But implementing a data security strategy often seems so daunting that many lawyers don’t know where to start.

Data security is attainable for every lawyer at every firm by first focusing on a lawyer’s personal responsibility for security. Attorneys can take control of their individual security responsibilities, often with tools they already have.

About Rich Lee

Rich Lee is general counsel at Civis Analytics, one of the fastest-growing technology companies in Chicago. In his role, Rich leads all legal, cybersecurity, data privacy, and compliance initiatives. He has helped guide the company through over 400% growth and $30M+ in funding. Civis’s client base spans many industries, including media, technology, entertainment, aerospace, and healthcare; it includes numerous Fortune 100 companies, leading non-profits, government agencies and political organizations.

Prior to Civis, Rich was SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary of Livevol, a financial technology company. He helped lead it through rapid growth, leading to an acquisition by CBOE Holdings (NASDAQ: CBOE). Prior to that, Rich led market and business development in Asia for two companies.

Rich is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and a founding member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial and Emerging Technologies Committee. He serves as a board member of Illinois Legal Aid Online and on the Legal Services Corporation’s Leader’s Council.

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