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BakerHostetler Adds Partner to New Digital Assets Practice (1)

Jan. 21, 2020, 6:45 PMUpdated: Jan. 21, 2020, 8:27 PM

BakerHostetler hired David Sherman as part of its new minted practice group called Digital Assets and Data Management.

A former partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, Sherman will be joining BakerHostetler’s digital risk advisory and cybersecurity team in Philadelphia.

BakerHostetler announced its new multidisciplinary practice group last week that merges six teams, including privacy and cybersecurity and advertising and digital media.

More law firms have been adding to their digital and cyber security capabilities as data security has become a ranking concern for corporate clients. Hacking has become widespread across a number of industries and can jeopardize a company’s ability to do business as well as its reputation.

Sherman, who worked at Lewis Brisbois for more than seven years, including as a partner in its data privacy and cybersecurity practice in 2018 and 2019, had experience working with BakerHostetler’s digital risk advisory and cybersecurity teams.

“We will be working up front to help clients manage their digital risk, and during crises to contain and respond to an incident, and eventually to take the lessons learned from any incidents to help clients bring all the resources to bear so they are ready to address any problems across the board,” he said.

Cybersecurity risks “have always been there, but clients and the public are becoming more aware of them,” he said.

The practice group’s chair, Theodore J. Kobus III, praised Sherman’s hire, noting that he has “the skills needed to address the threats to companies’ digital assets, such as ransomware.”

Sherman is joining another Philadelphia hire. Daniel Pepper, a former Comcast vice president, deputy general counsel and privacy officer, joined the firm last fall. Pepper advises clients on proactive data security practices, data breach incident responses and regulatory compliance.

The merged data assets and cybersecurity practice, called the DADM Group, had its beginning a decade go with BakerHostetler’s privacy and data protection team, the firm said.

(Adds comment from Sherman in paragraphs 6 and 7. )

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Olson in Washington at egolson1@gmail.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com; Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com; John Crawley at jcrawley@bloomberglaw.com

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