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 a principal member of the 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 2013 Connecticut Super Lawyers Rising Stars list 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 theConnecticut Law Tribune,2012

40 under 40 Award from theHartford Business Journal, 2004

News & Events

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: Caveat Proceeding With Caution in Your Law Practice

SEMINAR: Insurance Fraud Management Conference

SEMINAR: Data Privacy, Cybersecurity and Your Business: Be Prepared in 2014

WEBINAR: Water Sector Cyber Threat Briefing

PRESS RELEASE: Pullman & Comley Attorneys Named to 2013 Connecticut Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Publications & Alerts

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.

CYBER LAW TRACKER: Now is the Time to Take Proactive Measures in Cybersecurity

CYBER LAW TRACKER: A Year in the Making, White House Unveils Final Cybersecurity Framework

CYBER LAW TRACKER: January 28th is Data Privacy Day!

CYBER LAW TRACKER: President Obama Announces NSA Reforms

CYBER LAW TRACKER: Recall Total v. Federal Ins. Co. - No Coverage for Data Breach under Commercial General Liability Policy

CYBER LAW TRACKER: Measures to Avoid Being Held for Ransom by CryptoLocker

CYBER LAW TRACKER: Cybersquatting Ruling in the Ninth Circuit

CYBER LAW TRACKER: CERT Updates CryptoLocker Ransomware Alert

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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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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