Colin R. Jennings is a trial lawyer focusing on complex civil and criminal matters, including responses to governmental investigations and enforcement actions. As a natural extension of his litigation practice, Colin has an active global compliance and data breach response practice. He has successfully tried numerous civil and criminal matters in various federal and state courts.
Colin’s criminal practice involves representing public and private corporations and business professionals in response to federal, state and local criminal investigations. Throughout the US and globally, he conducts internal investigations into allegations of employee misconduct, fraud or other business crimes including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, OFAC sanctions and cybercrimes.
In addition, Colin has diverse and extensive experience in complex civil litigation including matters related to tort claims, insurance and coverage matters, contract and other commercial disputes, RICO, fraud and abuse, and trade secret litigation. He also has expertise in connection with the defence and prosecution of civil and administrative matters involving allegations of fraud and criminal conduct.
Building on his experience in both civil and criminal matters, Colin regularly advises US and global companies on the design, implementation and assessment of compliance programs. He has been selected by several publically held companies, including Newell Rubbermaid, as the primary outside counsel providing legal assistance on global compliance matters. Colin is often asked to speak about compliance, and is the author of numerous articles and chapters on the topic.
Colin serves as the leader of the firm’s data privacy and protection litigation subgroup, having responded to clients’ crises in the US and internationally. He regularly interacts with federal, state and international authorities concerning data breaches, and coordinates the forensic analysis and resulting claims or litigation that inevitably follow a breach.
Colin is the former chair of the Certified Grievance Committee for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) and has served as trial counsel for the CMBA in various attorney discipline matters. He is also the former chair and a member of the leadership team for the CMBA’s Criminal Law Section, and a member of the John M. Manos Inn of Court.
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