Steven B. Roosa is a partner in Holland & Knight's New York office and co-chair of the Data Privacy and Security Team. He is also a fellow emeritus at the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University. His practice focuses on advising companies on a wide spectrum of technology and legal issues pertaining to privacy and data security. Representative issues include: mobile app privacy compliance; leveraging anonymity solutions to help clients safely unlock the value of large data sets; Internet tracking; web security; geo-fencing; data breach and incident response; Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA); Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA); FTC compliance; privacy considerations of modified network protocols; California best practices for websites and mobile apps; compliance with wiretap statutes and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA); public-key infrastructure (PKI); certification authority matters pertaining to online trust; and web-based reputation and defamation issues.
Mr. Roosa's day-to-day practice includes helping companies better understand the privacy profile of their websites and mobile apps and translating that knowledge into actionable risk management options. He has helped infuse the Holland & Knight Team with a tech-focused approach in which law firm privacy counseling to clients includes:
Because privacy and security matters often relate directly to a company's industry-specific, core business model or threat landscape, Mr. Roosa actively partners with Holland & Knight's national caliber attorneys and professionals in the following areas:
In the courtroom, Mr. Roosa represents a diverse array of companies in matters relating to consumer protection, online defamation, commercial disputes, and state and federal administrative law. He also works extensively on defending putative class actions involving Flash cookies and has been instrumental in obtaining voluntary dismissals for three large clients in these recent proceedings.
Typical clients include Fortune 500 corporations, privately held companies, large retailers, technology companies and nonprofit entities.
Mr. Roosa is the co-author of "Trust Darknet: Control and Compromise in the Internet's Certificate Authority Model," appearing in the May 2013 issue of the IEEE's Internet Computing. He is also a regular contributor to Holland & Knight's Privacy Blog.
Privacy-Related Class Action Litigation Defense and Regulatory Defense: represented companies in relation to FTC inquiries, Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs), subpoenas and investigations
design and implementation of internal company policies, including information security, data and records management and retention, data classification and handling, device management and Bring Your Own Device policies, codes of conduct, white papers, marketing materials, vendor white lists and internal policies on Internet tracking
Honors & Awards
Outstanding Lawyer, Nightingale's Healthcare News, 2009 Top 40 Under 40, New Jersey Law Journal, 2008
The Most Important Issue Involving Superfish Isn’t Superfish, Holland & Knight Privacy Blog, February 26, 2015
Holland & Knight Privacy Blog, December 19, 2012
Holland & Knight Privacy Blog, November 21, 2012
Mobile Apps and Network-Aware Devices: Legal Exposure in the Collection of Data and What to Do About It, AdvaMed Webinar, November 4, 2014
Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, J.D. Cornell University, B.A.
New Jersey New York
Richard Raysman is a partner in Holland & Knight's New York office. Mr. Raysman concentrates on computer law, outsourcing, complex technology transactions and intellectual property issues. He has significant experience in structuring technology transactions, and his information technology background and understanding of the law have made him uniquely qualified to represent clients for technology issues. Mr. Raysman has been selected by Chambers USA as one of America's leading outsourcing lawyers. He has also been named by Super Lawyers as a top practitioner. He has litigated reported cases for the New York state and federal courts. Prior to practicing law, Mr.
Raysman was a systems engineer for IBM Corporation for six years. Mr. Raysman writes a monthly column on Technology Law for the New York Law Journal and is a member of the Practical Law Company Advisory Board for Intellectual Property & Technology.
Representative Transactional Matters
Honors & Awards
Brian Finch is a partner in the law firm’s Public Policy practice and is based in Pillsbury’s Washington, DC office. Named by Washingtonian magazine in 2011 as one of the top 40 federal lobbyists under the age of 40 and by Law360 as one of its “Rising Stars” in Privacy Law in 2014, Brian is a recognized authority on global security matters. He specializes in counseling on regulatory and government affairs issues involving the Department of Homeland Security, Congress, the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies. Brian in particular focuses his practice on assisting clients with matters involving cyber security, national defense and intelligence policies, homeland security concerns, and in general providing proactive advice to mitigate liability in the event of a significant security incident.
Dennis Conley, Managing Partner, Transition Partners
Mr. Conley is a managing partner with Transition Partners, a management consultancy headquartered in Reston, Virginia. He is a senior business and information technology executive and transformation leader with over 20 years of broad corporate and consulting experience. His extensive background and experience covers such areas as mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, business development, technology management, organization development, business and strategic planning, and leadership training. Recently, he has been providing strategic advice for multiple merger and acquisition activities. He has directed over dozens of business process and information technology sourcing transactions valued in range from $1 million to over $250 million per year.
Jane Shahmanesh is a Managing Director with Adherence Consulting Group, which provides outsourced regulatory compliance, general counsel and operational services to asset managers and broker-dealers. Prior to Adherence, Jane worked as an in-house legal and compliance lawyer for a Who’s Who of financial institutions - including Lehman Brothers (where she counseled the bankrupt entity’s derivative unwind), Goldman Sachs & Co. (where she ran a division of their Compliance Department), Credit Suisse (where she was the interim legal manager for CSAM and its hedge fund businesses), Citibank (where she was the General Counsel to the Private Bank), and Deutsche Asset Management (legacy Bankers Trust)(where she supervised the legal and compliance department).
She was also a Partner at McGuireWoods, LLP, one of the nation’s largest law firms.
Jane currently teaches regulatory compliance at Pace Law School.
She has a BA from Barnard College and a JD from American University.
Robert M. Finkel
Robert Finkel is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group and a member of the FinTech Group. Mr. Finkel has more than 20 years of experience in private practice representing leading international corporations and financial institutions in complex commercial transactions with a particular focus on technology and outsourcing. Over the course of his career, he has represented clients in over 100 major outsourcing transactions, across a wide variety of industries and types of transactions.
Mr. Finkel has for many years been a Band 1 Chambers Global and Chambers USA ranked lawyer in the areas of Outsourcing (Global and Nationwide) and Technology (New York). He is one of only a handful of lawyers worldwide to have a Band 1 ranking in the Chambers Global USA and Chambers USA Nationwide and New York categories. Mr. Finkel is widely regarded by outside observers as being one of the leaders in the profession and has been described "as an impressively active practitioner with a sense of gravitas" and one "who gives excellent strategic, business-focused advice." In addition, his "understanding of our company and the nuances of our business is magnificent," commented a client in 2013 for a major legal directory publication.
Mr. Finkel has extensive knowledge in structuring and negotiating outsourcing transactions and other complex technology and service arrangements. Mr. Finkel’s practice also encompasses mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and software and technology licensing. His clients have included many of the leading domestic and international corporations and financial institutions. Mr. Finkel has published on a broad range of corporate, outsourcing and technology issues in such publications as the M&A Lawyer, the Computer Lawyer, Cyberspace Lawyer, the Journal of Internet Law, Intellectual Property Today, E-Commerce Adviser, Global eCommerce, Director’s Monthly and the National Law Journal, among others.
Honors & Awards
Consistently recognized as a Band 1 ranked attorney by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for his nationwide outsourcing and New York technology and outsourcing practices
Ranked in Band 1 for outsourcing by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2012, 2013 and 2014, which desribed him as "a leader in the outsourcing industry [who is] enormously respected." A source was also quoted saying "his understanding of our company and the nuances of our business is magnificent."
Recognized as a "fantastic outsourcing lawyer" by The Legal 500 US in the technology: outsourcing category. In the 2013 edition, a source stated that "he is very knowledgeable and always achieves an appropriate balance between legal requirements and business drivers."
Consistently ranked by Who’s Who in American Law for his technology and outsourcing practice
Named by LawDragon as one of the leading lawyers in the US, and recognized as an elite leading lawyer by LawDragon 3000 (previously known as ‘The Finalist’)
Recognized by Euromoney as one of the leading lawyers in both IT and media
Chosen by peers and through independent research as a "New York Super Lawyer" from 2006 through 2013
Mr. Finkel is a recent member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors. He is an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where for the past several years he has instructed an advanced seminar course on Corporate Governance. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Finkel served as an aide to the late United States Senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
JD, Stanford University, 1987
MA, International Affairs, Columbia University, 1988
BA, magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1981
Ronald Abramson is an IP litigator with Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss in New York.
Ron’s practice involves litigation in the areas of patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark infringement and anti-counterfeiting, and trade secret misappropriation.
He has practiced extensively in areas involving computer software, telecommunications networks and equipment, as well as entertainment and brand-related IP and general commercial litigation.
Mr. Abramson is past Chair of the Committee on Patents of the New York City Bar Association, and also a past Chair of Association’s Committee on Computer Law.
Ajay Ayyappan is the Deputy General Counsel of ExlService Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:EXLS). EXL is a leading provider of outsourcing and transformation services. EXL primarily serves the needs of Global 1000 companies from global delivery centers in the insurance, healthcare, utilities, banking and financial services, transportation and logistics and travel sectors.
John Gliedman is in-house counsel with Buck Consultants. Buck Consultants is a 96-year old advisor to industry and finance in the area of benefits consulting, which includes corporate HR intranet portals. John manages Buck's legal matters.
Jonathan A. Damon is an Associate General Counsel at MetLife, heading up the Intellectual Property and Global Technology Unit. He is responsible for overseeing the legal aspects of the intellectual property portfolio of MetLife and its affiliates. In addition, he assists MetLife’s Global Tech and Ops group with the implementation of enterprise-wide platforms and systems. Prior to joining MetLife in 2012, Jon was a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP in its IP/IT Department. Jon holds a J.D. from Columbia School of Law and a B.A. from Amherst College.
Robin French is currently Senior Counsel to KPMG International Cooperative, the coordinating firm of the worldwide KPMG network. Ms. French, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, began her career as a corporate associate at Cahill, Gordon and Reindel and was Assistant General Counsel at Scholastic, Inc, the children’s book publisher. Her areas of practice include global agreements for various services including technology, intellectual property, and general corporate advice, utilized by the 155 member firms and over 150,000 employees in the KPMG network.