Gregory Bautista is an experienced civil litigator and data breach response specialist. He is keenly aware of the growing importance of assisting clients in developing and implementing data security risk management measures related to the receipt and use of highly sensitive and confidential data. Greg provides his clients with knowledge and guidance on information governance and e-discovery matters. He has embraced the concept of information governance, which melds the disciplines that exist in all businesses into a powerful enterprise-wide strategy.
As a member of Wilson Elser's Data Privacy & Security breach response team, Greg effectively and efficiently handles data breaches while protecting clients' reputations. He has overseen breach response for small and large organizations, including professional services firms, educational institutions, public utilities and nonprofit organizations. In addition, he collaborates with the firm's Government Relations practice to help ensure compliance on the part of his clients and to advise them in investigations. Greg is a contributing editor to Wilson Elser's ESI Case Law Update 2015, an annual compendium of cases dealing with issues and developments surrounding electronically stored information.
Areas of Focus
Data Privacy & Security / Risk Management
Greg is a member of Wilson Elser's Data Privacy & Security breach response team, effectively and efficiently handling data breaches while protecting clients' reputations. Greg has handled breaches for organizations of all sizes, including professional services firms, educational institutions, public utilities and not-for-profit organizations. He advises clients on data privacy and security risks and assists them in developing privacy policies and breach response plans. Greg helps to identify how risk can best be reduced or eliminated and assists clients in acting on the resulting objectives, which frequently include putting appropriate systems and protocols in place and conducting employee training
In counseling his clients in the realm of information governance, Greg includes the processes, roles, standards and metrics that help ensure the effective and efficient use of information and the protections necessary for an organization to meet its goals. Emphasizing accountability, Greg recommends a hierarchy that fortifies defenses against risk while allowing the organization to obtain full value from its information resources. This break from compartmentalized thinking is, he believes, the next step in the evolution of sound information management.
Greg provides his clients with knowledge and guidance on e-discovery matters, including case- and client-specific advice about meeting preservation obligations as well as “meet and confer” obligations and addressing e-discovery matters with the court. Greg also delivers cost-efficient strategies for data preservation, collection, review and production and helps clients to develop and implement document retention policies and practices.
Accountants / Class Action Defense
Greg handles complex matters involving professional liability, particularly in the accounting field. He provides comprehensive legal services to accountants and related professionals, including business managers and consultants. Greg offers advice and representation in connection with litigation, risk management, regulatory investigations, commercial negotiations, and partnership and practice issues. Greg is experienced in class action litigation, from removal under the Class Action Fairness Act, to motions to dismiss, class certification proceedings, discovery, trial, settlement, and appeal. He leverages Wilson Elser's considerable litigation experience, national footprint and cutting-edge technologies to handle these matters quickly and efficiently.
2015 ESI Case Law Update
Wilson Elser is pleased to provide the 2015 ESI Case Law Update, our annual compendium of cases dealing with issues and developments surrounding electronically stored information (ESI). Today, it is a rare case that does not involve the preservation and management of ESI, and your knowledge of the tools and regulations could mean the difference between sanctions and compliance.
Courts Interpretation of Merchant Services Agreement Limits Retailers Liability to Card Brands for Data Breach
Third Parties Pay Excess Assessments in Security Breach
March 12, 2015
A recent decision by Missouri's Eastern District Court puts businesses entering into contracts for payment processing services on notice to have such agreements reviewed by a data privacy and security attorney. The decision will likely cause processors and banks to focus more carefully on the limitation-of-liability provision related to credit card breaches.
California Amends Law to Expand Businesses' Obligations in the Wake of a Data Breach
Amendment to California's Privacy and Breach Law
December 9, 2014
On January 1, 2015, an amendment to California's privacy and breach law goes into effect that may have a significant impact on the way entities respond to data breaches. In advance of the law's effective date, in addition to evaluating their information security protocols and policies, entities that possess the personal information of California residents should review their insurance policies, first to make sure they have cyber insurance that provides data breach coverage, and second to determine if their policies will cover the potentially significant cost associated with notification and identity protection or mitigation services.
Have You Upgraded Your XP Yet?
Have You Upgraded Your XP Yet?
July 15, 2014
In April, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP Professional for embedded systems. As the saying goes, “a chain is only as strong as the weakest link” and even a single Windows XP computer could provide a potential intruder with a “window” into your network environment.
2014 ESI Case Law Update
Wilson Elsers 2014 ESI Case Law Update is ready for review. The ESI Caes Law Update recaps those ESI cases that will likely have the greatest impact on you, your business and how you prepare for and defend civil litigation.
NY First Department: Responding Party to Bear Cost of Answering Discovery Requests for Physical/Electronic Documents
March 15, 2012
Although the standard requiring that the party responding to a request from an adversary for electronically stored information (ESI) bear its own costs in doing so has been in place in the vast majority of states for some time, a New York appellate court for the first time has issued a decision that provides a definitive ruling on the issue.
New York-Las Vegas Team Prevail in Securities Fraud Case
October 17, 2013
Accountants Team Scores Victory in Defending Securities Fraud Claim Involving China-Based Company
August 9, 2013