Kathryn Rattigan

Kathryn M. Rattigan

Associate

Kathryn M. Rattigan

Associate

  • Overview

    Biography

    Kathryn Rattigan is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. Ms. Rattigan advises clients on data privacy and security, cybersecurity, and compliance with related state and federal laws. Ms. Rattigan also provides legal advice regarding the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or drones) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. She represents clients across all industries, such as insurance, health care, education, energy, and construction.

    Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Compliance

    Ms. Rattigan helps clients comply with all state and federal regulations related to data privacy and cybersecurity. She counsels clients facing government investigations over alleged non-compliance. She advises clients on the development of privacy and security plans, and how to best handle high-risk data to avoid breaches and cyber intrusions. Ms. Rattigan helps clients review, revise, and implement necessary policies and procedures under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and other federal and state laws and regulations. Ms. Rattigan assists businesses and organizations with measures to protect the security and confidentiality of personal and sensitive information. She provides guidance regarding privacy and data protection in connection with mobile devices, data storage technologies, mobile applications, and location-based services. She assists with the development of website and mobile app privacy policies and terms and conditions of use. Ms. Rattigan also advises clients on social media policies and practices, and 'Bring Your Own Device' in the workplace. She is a member of the firm's Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team.

    Unmanned Aerial Systems and FAA Compliance

    Ms. Rattigan, a member of the firm’s Drone Compliance Team, advises clients on all legal issues surrounding the use of commercial drones, including navigation of Federal Aviation Administration regulations, commercial registration requirements, and Part 107 waivers. She reviews and prepares employee and subcontractor agreements for the piloting and use of drones. She advises commercial businesses on insurance options for adequate coverage for drone use. Ms. Rattigan is well versed on various local and state laws, regulations, and ordinances which apply to a business’ drone use. Ms. Rattigan assists clients with privacy and cybersecurity policies, procedures and programs to mirror the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s voluntary best practices, as well as other industry standards. Ms. Rattigan also handles drone-related litigation, such as claims involving manufacturing defects, personal injury, or property damage. She has given numerous presentations about implementing UAS into company infrastructure and  privacy and cybersecurity issues related to drone use.

    HIPAA Compliance

    Ms. Rattigan counsels clients on HIPAA compliance, including assisting with employee training, and providing guidance on the implementation of required and recommended Privacy Rule and Security Rule policies and procedures.

    Data Breach Preparedness and Emergency Response

    Ms. Rattigan provides clients with the information needed to effectively handle potential and confirmed data breaches, including insight into state and federal regulations and requirements. If a client suffers a data breach, Ms. Rattigan assists with the follow-up response, including notification, remediation, and litigation.

    Privacy and Class Action Litigation and Enforcement

    If a data breach or cybersecurity issue results in litigation or an enforcement action, Ms. Rattigan represents clients in court and before government regulatory agencies. This includes assisting clients with matters related to the unauthorized access, use or disclosure of health, financial, or personally identifiable information.

    Pro Bono and Community Involvement 

    Ms. Rattigan is committed to doing pro bono work and being involved in the community. Her recent efforts include assisting Inner Explorer, a non-profit which works to help students focus and succeed through mindfulness practice in the classroom, and College Visions, which helps low-income students pursue a college education.

    Ms. Rattigan writes for two of the firm’s blogs, Data Privacy + Security Insider and Health Law Diagnosis.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Worked with multiple start-up organizations in developing privacy policies and terms of use for websites and mobile applications.

      • Assisted dozens of organizations with reportable data breaches, including notification, mitigation, and regulatory enforcement.

      • Counseled multiple clients in connection with drones compliance programs, including review of third-party vendor contracts and counseling regarding Part 107 compliance and waivers.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      Rhode Island Bar Association

      Rhode Island Women's Bar Association

      Massachusetts Bar Association
      Vice Chair of Health Law Section Council

      Boston Bar Association

      International Association of Privacy Professionals

      American Health Lawyers Association

      Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      2018 JD Supra Readers' Choice Top Author and the #1 author in Airlines/Aviation

      2017 JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards Top Author with readers in the Aviation industry, on the subject of Class Actions, as well as the #1 author on the topic of Drones

      2016 JD Supra Reader’s Choice Award Top Author in Airline and Aviation Industry

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Go Red for Women, American Heart Association, Rhode Island

      Inner Explorer
      Advisory Board
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Any Calls, Texts, or Photos May Be Used Against You: Warrantless Cell Phone Searches and Personal Privacy," co-authored for the Boston Bar Journal (April 2014)

      "Understanding the New Rule for Patient Access to Lab Results," published in Health Data Management

      "FTC Continues To Push Privacy Breach Enforcement," co-authored for Law360 (January 17, 2014)

      "FTC Continues to Push Privacy Breach Enforcement," published in Law360, co-authored with Linn F. Freedman (1/17/2014)

      "What LabMD's Data Security Breach Tells Us About FTC," co-authored for Law360 (October 3, 2013)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Drones Take Flight! An Overview of FAA Regulations, Enforcement, and Best Practices in Privacy & Security," a two hour live broadcast presented by the Federal Bar Association. (4/26/2017)
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      "Drones in the Construction Industry: Gear Up for the Revolution," co-presented with Elizabeth K. Wright, Jonathan R. Hausner and Ivan Stamatovski of Easy Aerial, at the Robinson+Cole offices in Hartford, Connecticut (1/27/2017) and in New York City (2/23/2017)
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      "Drones Take Flight in the Insurance Industry," co-presented with Carrie C. Turner and Ivan Stamatovski of Easy Aerial, at the Robinson+Cole offices in New York City (1/19/2017) and in Hartford, Connecticut (2/8/2017)
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      "Drones in the Construction Industry: Gear Up for the Revolution," co-presented with Jonathan R. Hausner and Elizabeth K. Wright, at Robinson+Cole's Boston office (11/15/2016)
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      "Co-presentation on the topic of data breaches at the 2016 Annual Health Law Symposium, hosted by the Massachusetts Bar Association," (5/20/2016)

      "Navigating Substantive Legal Development in Health Law Practices," co-presented with Kathleen E. Dion and Lorianne M. Sainsbury-Wong of Health Law Advocates in Boston, David Harlow of The Harlow Group in Newton, and Roy J. Watson of the Watson Law Offices in Cambridge (2/10/2016)
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      "Hot HIPAA Topics," presented at the 3rd Central Massachusetts Health Care Symposium (February 2016)

      "Co-presentation on Medical Record Requests, at the Annual Rhode Island Bar Association CLE Program," (June 2015)

      "Mobile Health Care Apps: Risks and Compliance," at Second Annual Central Massachusetts Health Care Symposium, held at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester (4/16/2015)

      "Co-presentation on HIPAA Training for Solo Practitioners, hosted by the Massachusetts Bar Association," (December 2014)

      "Tech Talk 101: Are you Fluent in the Language of Data Security," co-presented at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Boston (October 2014)

      "Mobile Apps Special Alert: Privacy and Security Concerns," co-presented with Federal Trade Commission Staff Attorney Ryan Mehm (October 2013)

      "Your Playdate with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act," co-presented with Federal Trade Commission Staff Attorney Kirstin Cohen (June 2013)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • March 26, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Receives “Top” Honors in JD Supra’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards

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      • March 19, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Support Annual Bryant University Women’s Summit®

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      • May 22, 2017

        Kathryn Rattigan Presents on FAA Regulations for Drones

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      • April 13, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized in JD Supra’s 2017 Readers Choice Awards

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      • March 23, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Attend Women's Summit at Bryant University

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      • March 1, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Speak on Drones in the Construction Industry

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      • February 14, 2017

        Kathryn Rattigan and Carrie Turner Speak on Drones in the Insurance Industry

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      • November 16, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Present on Drones in the Construction Industry

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      • June 20, 2016

        Kathryn Rattigan Appointed Vice Chair of MBA's Health Law Council

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      • March 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized in JD Supra’s 2016 Readers Choice Awards

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      • February 11, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Join Annual Walk to the Hill

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      • February 3, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Present at Annual Central Massachusetts Health Care Symposium

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      • May 28, 2015

        Kathryn Sylvia Presents at Central Massachusetts Health Care Symposium

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      R+C News Releases

      • March 16, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Strengthens Privacy and Data Security Team with New Lawyers

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    • Newsletters

      Newsletters

      Data Privacy + Security Insider, co-authored with Edward J. Heath and Linn F. Freedman (05/28/2015)

      Data Privacy + Security Insider, co-authored with Linn F. Freedman, Kathleen M. Porter, Jean E. Tomasco and Nuala E. Droney (04/23/2015)

      Data Privacy + Security Insider, co-authored with Linn F. Freedman and Natale V. Di Natale (04/16/2015)

      Data Privacy + Security Insider, co-authored with Linn F. Freedman and Kathleen M. Porter (04/09/2015)

      Data Privacy + Security Insider, co-authored with Linn F. Freedman, Kathleen E. Dion and Andrea Donovan Napp (04/02/2015)

      Data Privacy + Security Insider, co-authored with Linn F. Freedman, Kathleen M. Porter and Robert A. Barbieri (03/26/2015)

      Data Privacy + Security Insider, co-authored with Linn F. Freedman (3/19/2015)