Mark P. Szpak is a leading data breach and privacy litigator and advisor whose experience includes assisting The Home Depot, Sony, Arby’s, athenahealth, Heartland Payment Systems, The TJX Companies, Neiman Marcus, Wyndham Hotels and others in dealing with the wide range of challenges that breach and privacy incidents can generate.
He has extensive experience in this burgeoning area, ranging from handling forensic investigations to responding to regulators to defending multidistrict class actions pending in both the US and Canada.
Mark brings to that work, in addition, almost 35 years of practice in complex litigation generally, representing public and private companies in a host of business and commercial disputes including consumer class actions, trademark and other intellectual property matters, securities fraud, regulatory enforcement, bankruptcy litigation, dealership disputes and transactional litigation.
- JD, Harvard Law School, 1984; Articles Office Co-Chair, Harvard Law Review
- AB, magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1977; Phi Beta Kappa
- New Hampshire, 1986
- Massachusetts, 1985
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire
CLERKSHIPS : Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
MEMBERSHIP & AFFILIATIONS :
- International Association of Privacy Professionals
- International Trademark Association
PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES :
- Hasty Pudding Theatricals Graduate Board (Harvard College)
- Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship Board (Harvard College)
- Chenery Middle School Building Committee (Town of Belmont)
- Various community organizations
- Arby’s Restaurant Group in regard to consumer claims stemming from a cybersecurity incident announced in February 2017.
- athenahealth in defending against and obtaining dismissal of a pair of federal court TCPA litigations.
- A Fortune 100 Insurance Company with respect to the consumer class litigation and multistate Attorney General investigation and settlement arising from a criminal cyber-attack on a portion of its computer network.
- Sony in investigative matters and in dealing with multiple global litigations and regulatory actions, including in the US, Canada, UK and other countries, that arose from the 2011 criminal cyberattacks on portions of Sony’s computer networks.
- Heartland Payment Systems in investigative matters and the consumer class actions, issuer class actions and regulatory inquiries resulting from the cybersecurity incident it announced in 2009.
- Carter’s Inc. in defending a national consumer class action alleging unfair pricing in 2010 and securing a successful dismissal from the trial court and affirmance by the Seventh Circuit.
- Gillette in defending a multi-district consumer class action beginning in 2005 based on advertising claims relating to its market-leading M3Power razor.
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