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 and Employee Benefits
  • Social Media
  • Privacy and Internet Law
  • White Collar
  • Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations
  • Insurance
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 a member of Pullman & Comley's Corporate and Business Department and co-chairs the firm's Cybersecurity, Privacy & Infrastructure practice group. 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
• 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
• IN THE NEWS: Steven Bonafonte Discusses Cybersecurity In Smaller Businesses
• SEMINAR: Cybersecurity - A Business Tool Kit
• SEMINAR: Meeting of ICS Operators
• SEMINAR: Insurance Fraud Management Conference
• SEMINAR: Data Privacy, Cybersecurity and Your Business: Be Prepared in 2014
• WEBINAR: Water Sector Cyber Threat Briefing
• 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

Publications & Alerts
• ALERT: October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
• IN YOUR DEFENSE: The Federal Victim-Witness Act
• CYBER LAW TRACKER: Privacy Victory in Europe: EU's Highest Court Requires Google To Comply With An Individual's Demand “To Be Forgotten.”
• 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 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

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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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