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.
Unmanned Aerial Systems and FAA Compliance
Ms. Rattigan 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.
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.