Dominic A. Paluzzi: Lawyer with McDonald Hopkins LLC

Dominic A. Paluzzi

Bloomfield Hills,  MI  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Trade Secret, Non-Compete and Unfair Competition Practice
  • Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Labor and Employment Counseling
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • Healthcare
University University of Detroit Mercy, B.S.A., summa cum laude, 2004
Law SchoolUniversity of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D./M.B.A., cum laude, 2007)
Admitted2008, Michigan; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Associations
•State Bar of Michigan
•American Bar Association
•Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
•Macomb County Bar Association
•Italian-American Bar Association
•Phi Alpha Delta
•Beta Gamma Sigma


Professional Experience

Dominic regularly advises clients regarding data privacy and cybersecurity measures, drafting of written information security programs and incident response plans, and responding to data security breaches involving sensitive personal information and protected health information. When a data breach occurs, Dominic acts as a breach coach, ensuring a client's compliance and minimizing their exposure. He also works with federal, state and local authorities, as well as third party vendors, throughout the breach notification process. Moreover, Dominic litigates matters involving data security and data privacy, including defending single plaintiff and class action litigation. His work in this area covers a myriad of industries, including, education, healthcare, hospitality, retail, automotive, accounting, finance, information technology, staffing services, manufacturing, professional employer organizations, fleet services, franchising, drug and pharmacy, and insurance. Dominic is a frequent speaker and writer in data privacy law and regularly conducts Incident Response Workshops for clients and their data breach risk management teams. If you suspect that your business has suffered a data breach, call our Hotline: 855-MH-DATA1 (855-643-2821).

Dominic also focuses his practice in the area of trade secret and non-compete law, counseling clients in nearly every industry. He has considerable nationwide experience prosecuting and defending employers and employees in non-compete, non-solicit, non-disclosure and trade secret litigation. Dominic's national practice also involves complex drafting of restrictive covenant agreements and auditing of protectable business assets.

His practice also includes business litigation and new construction litigation. Dominic has also collaborated with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) to develop a Terms and Conditions Comparative Analysis for automotive suppliers.

•Co-Author of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Blog @ the online business community- Business Advocate
• Board members beware: The SEC is watching , McDonald Hopkins Alert, August 2014
• How to brace your business against cyber attacks and avoid being the next Target , quoted in The Plain Dealer, July 17, 2014
• Florida toughens breach notice law , quoted in Data Breach Today, June 27, 2014
• Florida raises the bar on data privacy, security and breach notification with passage of new law , McDonald Hopkins Alert, June 2014
• Record settlement underscores escalating HIPAA risks, McDonald Hopkins Alert, May 2014
•“ Who enforces data security protections? A federal court says yes to the FTC ,” McDonald Hopkins Alert, April 2014
•“ HIPAA covered entities and business associates face plethora of cyber security enforcers ,” McDonald Hopkins Alert, April 2014
•“ Federal data breach bills pile up in Senate -- Same story, different year ,” McDonald Hopkins Alert, March 2014
•“ First-of-its-kind lawsuit for unnecessary delay in data breach notices -- California Attorney General expects faster breach notifications ,” McDonald Hopkins Alert, March 2014
• Detroit's employees confront data breach , McDonald Hopkins Alert, March 2014
• HIPAA covered entities face March 1 deadline for breach reports , McDonald Hopkins Alert, February 2014
• Class action puts bulls eye on Target's directors and officers , McDonald Hopkins Alert, February 2014
•“ Data Breach? The FTC may be calling ,” McDonald Hopkins Alert, January 2014
•“ A surge in healthcare data breaches: Failure to comply with HIPAA is costly ,” McDonald Hopkins Alert, January 2014
•“ Don't be a TARGET-No pun intended ,” McDonald Hopkins Alert, December 2013
•“ Data Privacy: Protecting PEO Assets, Data, and Client Information ,” PEO Insider, August 2013
• U.S. House examines state data breach notification laws and potential federal preemption ,” McDonald Hopkins Alert, August 2013
•Aloha! Uh oh! Data Breach in Hawaii after Physician's Computer is Stolen on Vacation, RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest April 2013
• Professional service firms are the new target of cyber/data thieves , McDonald Hopkins Alert, April 2013
•Risky Business: Sharing Health Data while Protecting Privacy, Trafford Publishing, 2013
•“ HITECH Final Rule Revises Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules ,” Northern Ohio Physician - Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio, March/April 2013
• Final Rule implements HITECH revisions to Privacy and Security Rules , McDonald Hopkins Alert, January 2013
• Data security is top concern for directors and general counsel , McDonald Hopkins Alert, September 2012
• Data breach survey results , McDonald Hopkins Alert, September 2012
• More changes to state breach notification laws , McDonald Hopkins Alert, September 2012
• Anatomy of a Data Breach: A 3 Part Series - Part 3: Immediate Action Items Upon a Data Breach , Risky Business - The Privacy Analytics Newsletter, August 2012
• How to minimize the risk of, or respond to, a data breach , Smart Business Magazine, August 2012
•Data Breach at Your Laboratory? Immediate Action Items! How to Deal with a PHI Violation, G2 Intelligence Compliance Report - Perspectives, July-August 2012
• Anatomy of a Data Breach: A 3 Part Series - Part 2: Proactive Measures and Requirements to Minimize the Risk of a Data Breach , Risky Business - The Privacy Analytics Newsletter, June 2012
• Data Breach? Immediate Action Items!, PEO Insider, April 2012
• Massive data breach at credit card processing company: Millions potentially affected, McDonald Hopkins Alert, April 2012
• Anatomy of a Data Breach: A 3 Part Series - Part 1: Data Privacy Regulations, Penalties and Statistics , Risky Business - The Privacy Analytics Newsletter, March 2012
•3 New state data breach notifications statutes and expiration of a grandfather clause in 2012, RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest, March 2012
• The clock is ticking..., McDonald Hopkins Alert, February 2012
• Massachusetts judge says zip code is personal identification information , McDonald Hopkins Alert, January 2012
• UCLA hospitals facing $16M class action for stolen patient information , McDonald Hopkins Alert, January 2012
• 3 new state data breach notification statutes , McDonald Hopkins Alert, January 2012
• Zappos announced today it is the latest target of a massive data breach , McDonald Hopkins Alert, January 2012
•Attorneys General and FTC continue to increase legal standards for data privacy compliance and penalties for noncompliance, RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest November 2011
• And then there were four , McDonald Hopkins Alert, August 2011
• A flurry of federal data security and data breach notification bills introduced into Congress , McDonald Hopkins Alert, August 2011
• Massachusetts Attorney General says you must practice what you preach , McDonald Hopkins Alert, August 2011
• Attorneys General continue to increase legal standards for data privacy compliance, McDonald Hopkins Alert, August 2011
• Does your Company Comply with Data Security Statutes?, McDonald Hopkins Alert, February, 2011
• Rapid Changes in the Restrictive Covenant Arena , McDonald Hopkins Alert, December 2010
• $1 Million Penalty After Wrongful Disposal of Information , McDonald Hopkins Alert, November 2010
• Illinois House Proposes New Covenants Not to Compete Act , McDonald Hopkins Alert, April 2010
• New Massachusetts Data Security Laws Go Into Effect March 1, 2010 , McDonald Hopkins Alert, February 2010
•OESA North American OEM Production P.O. Terms and Conditions Comparative Analysis, co-author, September 2008, 2009
•Trade Secrets and Agreements Not to Compete, co-author, Michigan Chapter, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Winter 2008
Beard v. Whitmore Lake School District, 84 U. DET. MERCY L. REV. 15, Fall 2006

• Emerging Regulatory and Enforcement Activities and the Growing Authority of the State AG Offices , American Conference Institute's 9th National Advanced Forum on Cyber & Data Risk Insurance, September 29, 2014
• Data Privacy: Legal Risks, Mitigation and Response for Municipalities , McDonald Hopkins Webcast, July 22, 2014
• An FBI briefing on the Cyber Threat: Data Privacy in a changing legislative landscape , McDonald Hopkins Business Hour, July 16, 2014
• Mobile Technology, Health Care, and Data Security: Minimizing the Risks and Leveraging the Benefits , The American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education, Webinar, June 26, 2014
• Small entity cyber liability , NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum, June 12, 2014
• Data Security Breaches and Why HR Professionals Should Care , American Society of Employers' Selected Insights Series, May 9, 2014
•Breach Response Workshops to Insureds, October 2010-present
•The new HIPAA standards: Are you ready? McDonald Hopkins webinar, August 22, 2013
•Cyber Risk Seminar: The Maze of Legal Requirements, January 2013
•Data Breach Planning & Response Basics, Webinar, November 2012
•Privacy and Security: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Company Safe, Privacy and Security Seminar, November 2012
•Data Privacy & Security: Why It's the New Top Concern for Directors and General Counsel, presentation for Fortune 100 Company, September 2012
•The Ignored Security Crisis, February 2012
•Cyber and Privacy Liability, Seminar, November 2011
•Data Privacy and Security - Limit Exposure and Penalties, Seminar, September 2011
•Anatomy of a Data Breach, McDonald Hopkins presentation to insureds, July-September 2011
Take a Smarter Approach to Securing your Data, McDonald Hopkins, TouchWorld and IBM Data Privacy Seminar, March 2011
• Data Privacy and Security - Limit Exposure and Penalties , McDonald Hopkins Roundtable, January 2011
•“Administering New Severance Agreements, September 2009
•“Administering New Restrictive Agreements,” June 2009

Awards and Honors
•Selected for inclusion in Michigan Rising Stars (2013 and 2014)
•Jason Long Editing Award, University of Detroit Mercy Law Review
•Wall Street Journal Award, University of Detroit Mercy College of Business Administration

Community Activities
•St. John Hospital and Medical Center Guild (Board of Directors)
•University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Alumni Association (Board of Directors)
•University of Detroit Mercy College of Business Administration Alumni Association (Board of Directors)
•Run for the Ribbon (Committee Officer)


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Communications with your Cybersecurity Consultant and Forensic Reports May Now Be Protected
James J. Giszczak,Sara Hutchins Jodka,Dominic A. Paluzzi, June 22, 2015
A recent ruling in Tennessee will prove key for cybersecurity litigation everywhere. In Genesco, Inc. v. Visa U.S.A., the court ruled that when cybersecurity consultants and forensic experts are engaged through counsel, the advice and forensic reports they give to a client are subject to...

Decoding the New Payment Card Security Standard
James J. Giszczak,Sara Hutchins Jodka,Dominic A. Paluzzi, April 27, 2015
It's been a little over a year since the latest version of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) was released. Given the proliferation and severity of data breaches in the last year, the newly released standards will hopefully help mitigate risk of financial fraud when using...

President Obama Signs Executive Order Imposing Sanctions on Foreign Hackers
James J. Giszczak,Sara Hutchins Jodka,Dominic A. Paluzzi, April 15, 2015
President Barack Obama has signed an Executive Order that imposes sanctions on foreign hackers who perpetrate a cyber attack against American interests. Specifically, the sanctions enable the government to effectively freeze any U.S.-bound assets of individuals or groups deemed to be conducting...

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Dominic A. Paluzzi

39533 Woodward Avenue, Suite 318
Bloomfield HillsMI 48304


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