Steven J. Bonafonte: Lawyer with Pullman & Comley, LLC

Steven J. Bonafonte

Hartford,  CT  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Cybersecurity
  • Privacy and Infrastructure Protection
  • Business and Finance
  • Labor
  • Employment Law & Employee Benefits
  • Social Media
  • Privacy and Internet Law
  • White Collar
  • Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations
  • Insurance
  • Colleges
  • Universities and Independent Schools
University Gettysburg College, B.A.
Law SchoolQuinnipiac University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
Admitted2010, District of Columbia; Connecticut; U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

Steven J. Bonafonte is co-chair of Pullman & Comley's Cybersecurity, Privacy & Infrastructure practice group and a member of the firm's Corporate and Business Department. Steve's practice includes providing general counsel services to corporate and government entities; special privacy counsel; advising on information technology and security contracts and policy; ethics and compliance and corporate governance; and anti-fraud and corporate internal investigations.

Steve is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

Previously, Steve served as managing corporate counsel and as the enterprise privacy and corporate compliance officer at a Fortune 100 financial services company, where he led a team of attorneys and other professional staff in managing global privacy practices and diverse corporate compliance initiatives.

Steve also developed legal anti-fraud protocols and directed major case investigations and filing of affirmative civil anti-fraud RICO litigation against suspected fraudulent medical providers and other organized ring activity. Prior to these roles, he provided principal legal counsel to several diverse internal business groups including Information Technology (internal compliance, vendor contracts), Marketing and Communications (legal review and compliance) and Global Sourcing (cross-border data transfer, business continuity).

Steve was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court as a representative member on the State of Connecticut's Commission on the Death Penalty, serving from 2001-2003. He also served as a member of the City of Hartford's Civilian Police Review Board from 2000-2002 and as the City of Hartford's human relations commissioner from 2000-2002.

Steve serves as the General Counsel of the Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and is a member of the newly formed Connecticut Cybersecurity Task Force.

Community Involvement
Hartford Redevelopment Agency - chairman
Hartford's Camp Courant - volunteer director
The Knox Foundation, Inc. - volunteer director
The Metropolitan District of Hartford - commissioner, 2002-2007
Hartford Parking Authority - chairman, 2002-2003
Hartford South Downtown Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Board, 2003-2007
Bushnell Park Foundation, Inc. - board of directors, 2002-2006
Leadership Greater Hartford (Quest) - class of 2000

Honors & Awards
Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers Rising Stars list since 2013 in the area of business and corporate law
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership 2012-2013 Fellowship
Named as a New Leader of the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune, 2012
40 under 40 Award from the Hartford Business Journal, 2004

News & Events
CONFERENCE: 2015 Document Strategy Forum
CONFERENCE: 2015 Water Policy Conference
CONFERENCE: 2015 Insurance Fraud Management Conference
CONFERENCE: American Water Works Association Conference
IN THE NEWS: Steven Bonafonte Speaks On Cybersecurity Practices
NATIONAL WEBINAR: Cyber Incident Liabilities, Mitigation and Insurance hosted by Water ISAC
PRESS RELEASE: Pullman & Comley Attorneys Named to 2014 Connecticut Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
SEMINAR: ConnACCA Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Panel
SEMINAR: Is Your Public Utility Safe From a Cyber Attack
SEMINAR: Fraud, Compliance and IT Security
SEMINAR: Cybersecurity, Privacy & Infrastructure Protection
SEMINAR: Insurance Fraud Management Conference
SEMINAR: Data Privacy, Cybersecurity and Your Business: Be Prepared in 2014
WEBINAR: Water Sector Cyber Threat Briefing
CONFERENCE: 8th Annual WorkSmart Technology Summit
IN THE NEWS: Steven Bonafonte Discusses Social Media Concerns For Businesses
IN THE NEWS: Steven J. Bonafonte Named A 2013 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Daniel Rose Fellow
IN THE NEWS: Steve Bonafonte Discusses Cybersecurity Measures For Law Firms
PRESS RELEASE: Steven J. Bonafonte Named General Counsel of The Connecticut Chapter of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
SEMINAR: Chief Technology Officer Meeting
IN THE NEWS: Steve Bonafonte Comments on Corporate Privacy Issues
PROGRAM: Data Breach - Are You Protected? Managing Your Risks - Controlling the Consequences

Publications & Alerts
ALERT: October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
HIPAA Rules Overhaul Ups Compliance Ante

Reported CasesRepresentative Experience: Provide special outside counsel to Fortune 500 insurance companies on anti-fraud and privacy/data sharing issues; Serve as special counsel to regional government entity and as member of statewide Cybersecurity task force to provide counsel on operational risks; Successfully defended against unfounded claims for unemployment benefits and provided counsel to clients on properly managing reduction-in-force issues and compliance with state and federal law regarding workforce management; Actively led data breach response team to include forensic examiners, technical consultants and communications strategy in response to data breach events; Negotiate and resolve regulatory investigations relating to privacy and data breach incidents; Negotiation of complex multi-year and multi-million dollar information technology service contracts and statements of work; Drafting and review of corporate compliance manuals and privacy compliance policies and procedures; Successfully negotiated resolution to insurance coverage dispute relating to policy language and coverage for investigation expense

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Protecting Cyber Networks Act Introduced by House Intelligence Committee
Steven J. Bonafonte,Timothy G. Ronan, April 16, 2015
On March 24, 2015, members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, including Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes, the Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee, issued statements commenting on the introduction of the Protecting Cyber Networks Act.

CYBER LAW TRACKER: Privacy Victory in Europe: EU’s Highest Court Requires Google® To Comply With An Individual’s Demand “To Be Forgotten.”
Steven J. Bonafonte,Alex V. Hernandez,Edward B. Lefebvre,Timothy G. Ronan,Erick A. Russell, May 21, 2014
The European Union's highest court has issued a landmark ruling: henceforth, individuals may influence what information search engines display about them. Before Tuesday's ruling, search engines such as Yahoo®, Google®, or Microsoft's Bing® had free reign over the results they offered...

Now is the Time to Take Proactive Measures in Cybersecurity
Steven J. Bonafonte,Alex V. Hernandez,Edward B. Lefebvre,Timothy G. Ronan,Erick A. Russell, May 21, 2014
If any C-suite officer ever thought that privacy and data security was an incidental concern, they need only look to recent headlines to see the opposite is true. News of data breaches appears almost daily, and last year’s data breach at Target is being reported as one of the factors in the...
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Steven J. Bonafonte

90 State House Square
HartfordCT 06103-3702


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