Lori Nugent

Akerman LLP

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Ross Avenue 2001
Dallas 75201 TX US

Lori S. Nugent focuses her practice on cybersecurity and privacy issues. Having served as lead counsel responding to and defending over 1,000 data breaches and ransomware situations, among other privacy-related matters, Lori routinely advises her clients on cyber legal defensibility and provides counsel on practical steps to enhance compliance.

Lori helps operational teams, senior management, and boards of directors improve an organization’s cyber legal defensibility. She assists in developing practical, legally defensible solutions.

Collaborating with technologists, operational leaders, and in-house lawyers, Lori adds her expertise to assist in building strong teams in the fight against ever-changing, well-funded attackers. She understands the constantly mutating attack vectors, vulnerabilities that attackers seek, and continuously works to develop and deploy practical countermeasures that enhance legal defenses.

She has defended breached operations of all sizes in a wide variety of market sectors, including financial institutions, healthcare, retail, energy and utilities, public entities, hospitality, high tech, and higher education. She also defends companies in regulatory investigations involving data breaches and privacy issues, and in related litigation, arbitration, and mediation.

Lori frequently works with M&A teams in connection with cyber diligence for acquisitions and funding. She facilitates determination of cyber risk appetite, and quick evaluation of a target’s current state.

For emerging operations, Lori identifies cost-effective steps that enhance the organization’s ability to retain its valuation as funding or sale is sought. She also helps companies reduce sales friction with a variety of techniques that make it easier for the organization’s product or service to meet its potential customers’ vendor management procurement requirements.

Lori also regularly works with a variety of insurers, brokers, and companies to create and enhance insurance solutions to protect companies from the negative financial impact of cyber liabilities, including data breaches. She encourages careful analysis of cyber exposures, and facilitates thoughtful evaluation of insurance coverage and reserving options.

Education :

  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1987
  • B.A., Knox College, 1984

Bar Admissions : Texas; Illinois

Court Admissions :

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Affiliations :

  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Member
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, Member
  • The Sedona Conference, Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability, Member


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