Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik

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Biography

For more than 20 years, Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik has helped her insurance company clients comply with the fast-changing requirements of state and federal regulators and successfully respond to state unclaimed property and market conduct examinations and changes in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations, with a particular focus on cybersecurity. Her extensive knowledge of company operations and of insurance, unclaimed property and securities regulation and corporate governance helps clients evaluate and refine compliance procedures to improve positioning with regulators, including unclaimed property administrators and securities and insurance regulators, and to address cybersecurity risks.

Mary Jane advises on the development, disclosure and administration of life insurance products, including variable, indexed and fixed products. She assists her clients gauge legal risks and develop solutions, assessing operations and procedures of insurance companies and their affiliates for compliance with federal securities and state insurance and unclaimed property laws and regulations.

Client Tools

•Cybersecurity and Privacy Insights Blog
•California Consumer Privacy Act

Clerkships

Honorable John M. Ferren, U.S. Court of Appeals - D.C. Circuit.

Publications

“On a subject as emotion-laden as life insurance benefits, regulators would do better to spend their time developing best practices and engaging in thoughtful dialogue on how to locate beneficiaries, rather than rush to judgment.”

Legal Alerts

Legal Alert: New York Circular Letter No. 1 (2019) takes aim at accelerated underwriting (February 26, 2019)
On January 18, 2019, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issued a circular letter to all insurers authorized to write life insurance in New York State setting out the Department’s ...

Legal Alert: January’s Privacy Blizzard (February 4, 2019)
In collaboration with Eversheds Sutherland partner Paula Barrett .
As predicted, the start of 2019 provided scant respite from the frenetic pace of privacy and cybersecurity developments during 2018. This past month alone, in a blizzard of activity, regulators ...

Legal Alert: The floodgates open - Illinois Supreme Court issues landmark ruling in biometrics case (January 28, 2019)
In a unanimous decision handed down on January 25, 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a lower court opinion and held that a plaintiff need not show actual harm to seek relief under the ...

Legal Alert: SEC investment company filings during government shutdown (January 2, 2019)
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is subject to the current federal government shutdown due to lack of funding, and generally it will follow its “Operations Plan Under a Lapse in ...

Legal Alert: New guidance proposed on the extra-territorial scope of the GDPR (December 18, 2018)
In collaboration with Eversheds Sutherland attorneys Paula Barrett, Co-Lead of Global Cybersecurity and Data Privacy and Lizzie Charlton, Data Privacy Professional Support Lawyer
Companies not based in the European Union (EU) now have additional guidance to help them determine whether they have to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The European Data ...

Legal Alert: CFTC and SEC continue their efforts to regulate virtual currencies and Blockchain-based smart contracts (December 3, 2018)
For those longing for the heady days of the cryptocurrency free-for-all, this November is proving to be the start of the winter of your discontent.The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission ...

Legal Alert: SEC and CFTC continue efforts to regulate cryptocurrency (November 13, 2018)
Two important events occurred in the cryptocurrency space last week.1 The Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) gave a speech regarding regulators’ role in effectively ...

Legal Alert: SEC proposes new variable contract disclosure regime (November 6, 2018)
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) recently proposed a new disclosure framework for SEC-registered variable annuity contracts and variable life insurance policies ...

Legal Alert: Delaware jury finds retailer liable for gift card breakage in qui tam escheat litigation (September 28, 2018)
After four-plus years of litigation in a long-running dispute over unredeemed gift cards, a jury returned a verdict against Overstock.com, finding that the company violated the Delaware False Claims ...

Legal Alert: SEC permits internet delivery of investment company shareholder reports-including insurance company separate accounts (June 25, 2018)
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 5, 2018, adopted Rule 30e-3 under the Investment Company Act (the Rule), which permits “notice and access” delivery of investment company ...

Articles

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy review and update: Looking back on 2018 and planning ahead for 2019 (March 1, 2019)
From the implementation of the GDPR to the passage of the CCPA, the year 2018 proved to be a monumental one for cybersecurity and data privacy. Regulators from around the world responded to ...

California’s new data privacy law: What you need to know (Fall 2018)
Partnering Perspectives
The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 provides California residents with a potent set of new privacy rights and protections, which likely will require adjustments even for businesses that are ...

Broker-Dealers and Securities: Top Five Unclaimed Property Issues (Summer 2017)
Keanotes
First published in the Summer 2017 edition of Keanotes While securities have long been a hot spot for unclaimed property issues, the past several years have seen a continued expansion of audit ...

Big Data’s Unintended Consequences: Can an Algorithm Discriminate? (July 18, 2017)
FC&S Legal
With increasing scrutiny from regulators and the media, insurance companies that already use or are actively considering the use of big data and predictive analytics in some aspect of their business ...

How Boards Can Prepare for New York’s Cybersecurity Regulation (June 2017)
Corporate Secretary - Special Edition: Governance and Boardroom
The New York State Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) much-anticipated cybersecurity regulation went into effect on March 1, 2017, introducing new requirements in a sensitive area that boards ...

Key Takeaways from Artificial Intelligence in the Driver’s Seat Event (May 3, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland has identified key takeaways from its special forum titled Transportation Disrupted: Artificial Intelligence in the Driver’s Seat. Among those findings include:Allocation ...

Delaware Re-Ups Dubious Unclaimed Property Audit Rules (April 18, 2017)
Law360
In last year's Temple-Inland v. Cook decision, a federal district court held that Delaware violated a holder’s constitutional due process rights by issuing an unclaimed property assessment. The ...

Insurance Companies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Privacy and Security Risks (April 12, 2017)
BenefitsPro
Self-driving cars, smart TVs and Fitbits all provide information that can greatly benefit insurance companies and their business partners, as well as the consumers they serve. However, ...

Addressing Data Privacy Concerns in NHTSA V2V Rules (March 2, 2017)
Law360
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications capabilities in all new light ...

Big Data and Cybersecurity: The Federal Insurance Office Explores New Frontiers for Consumer Protection (Spring 2017)
Partnering Perspectives
In their article for the Spring 2017 edition of Partnering Perspectives, Eversheds Sutherland (US) attorneys John Pruitt, Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik and Tony Ficarrotta discuss the Federal Insurance ...

Newsletters

Partnering Perspectives: Insights from Inside and Outside the Corporate Law Department (Fall 2018)
We are pleased to present the Fall 2018 edition of Partnering Perspectives, which focuses on a number of legal developments as well as offers recommendations of preventive measures that you might ...

Partnering Perspectives: Insights from Inside and Outside the Corporate Law Department (Spring 2017)
We are pleased to present the Spring 2017 edition of Partnering Perspectives, which provides insight into a number of developing legal issues with important multinational implications. Articles ...

Presentations

“I really enjoy the relationships in mentoring young people and the passing of knowledge and experience to the next generation of attorneys. The same is true for speaking at conferences-I like connecting with people in our industry and discussing the hot topics.”

Presentations

Webcast: Unclaimed property - through the looking glass (February 26, 2019)
Significant developments in unclaimed property laws have turned settled expectations upside down in a variety of areas. While states continue to press forward on audits, new legislation, new ...

Data Governance (December 13, 2018)
2018 Chief Information Officer Leadership Forum
Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partner Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik presents Data Governance at the 2018 Chief Information Officer Leadership Forum on December 13, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia.

What’s Up with Data Privacy: GDPR, PIPA and now California (November 16, 2018)
STEP Bermuda Conference
Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partner Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik presents What’s Up with Data Privacy: GDPR, PIPA and now California at the STEP Bermuda Conference on November 16, 2018, in Pembroke, Bermuda.

Webcast: What US companies need to know about the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) - Are you ready? (October 24, 2018)
The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) arrives on the heels of the expansive consumer protections offered by the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and it echoes key GDPR ...

Webcast-New York State DFS Cybersecurity Regulation: Are you ready for the next round of requirements? (May 17, 2018)
On May 17, 2018, Eversheds Sutherland (US) attorneys Michael Bahar, John S. Pruitt, Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik and Alexander F.L. Sand hosted a webcast on the New York State Department of Financial ...

Future of Data Privacy (May 9, 2018)
Financial Women's Association 2nd Annual Summit: The Future of Work
Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partner Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik joins the panel 'Future of Data Privacy at the Financial Women's Association 2nd Annual Summit: The Future of Work on May 9, 2018, in New ...

Webcast: 2017 NAIC Insurance Data Security Model Law: New Reporting Rules Following a Cybersecurity Breach (March 29, 2018)
Strafford Publications
Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partner Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik presents “2017 NAIC Insurance Data Security Model Law: New Reporting Rules Following a Cybersecurity Breach,” a webcast hosted by Strafford ...

Webcast: Unclaimed Property Audit or VDA Program: The Delaware Dilemma (November 28, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) attorneys Phil Stano, Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik, Wilson Barmeyer and Liz Cha host a webcast with Alison J. Iavarone, Delaware’s SOS VDA Administrator, about Delaware’s ...

Cybersecurity: A Regulatory Perspective (December 4 - 6, 2017)
2017 LOMA Tech and Cyber Summit
Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partner Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik presents Cybersecurity: A Regulatory Perspective at the 2017 LOMA Tech and Cyber Summit on December 5, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.

Webcast: Back by popular demand: What US companies urgently need to know about the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (November 29, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partners Michael Bahar and Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik along with Eversheds Sutherland (International) Partner Gayle McFarlane present Back by popular demand: What US companies ...

News

“Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik, a lawyer for insurers, objected to the notion that insurers somehow...weren't meeting their legal obligations by not having used the [Social Security Master Death File] database earlier.” - Wall Street Journal

In the News

Unclaimed Property at the Crossroads (November 3, 2017)
Law360
Eversheds Sutherland’s videocast on the risk of unclaimed property audits faced by US companies and global companies with US operations is featured in Law360. In this video, Eversheds Sutherland ...

NAIC Proposed Insurance Data Security Model Law Explained (October 19, 2017)
Captive.com
Eversheds Sutherland’s legal alert, NAIC Takes Major Step Toward Final Approval of Insurance Data Security Model Law, was featured in this article for Captive.com.

How Life Insurers Can Sell You a Policy Without a Doctor's Visit (July 24, 2017)
CBS MoneyWatch
Eversheds Sutherland’s legal alert, NYDFS Makes Inquiry into Life Insurers’ Use of Algorithmic Underwriting, is mentioned in this CBS MoneyWatch article.

Cybersecurity and IP Are Key in Autonomous Vehicles (June 5, 2017)
Law360
In this videocast featured in Law360, Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partners Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik and Griff Griffin address the issues autonomous vehicles are facing with cybersecurity and intellectual ...

Can A.I. Defend Our Financial Institutions Against Hackers? (May 30, 2017)
Forbes
Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partner Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik is quoted in this Forbes article discussing how artificial intelligence (AI) can defend financial institutions against hackers while also ...

Unclaimed Property: 2016 in Review (January 5, 2017)
Tax Notes
Sutherland’s legal alert, Ten Things You Should Know About the 2016 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, is mentioned in this Tax Notes article.

21st Century Cybersecurity: People are the First Step (August 8, 2016)
American Bar Association Journal
Sutherland Partner Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik is quoted in an article by the American Bar Association (ABA) Journal regarding her panel presentation at ABA’s Annual Meeting, which discussed the rapidly ...

Protecting Attorney-Client Privilege (May 5, 2016)
Unclaimed Property Focus
Sutherland Partner Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik is quoted in this Unclaimed Property Focus blog post discussing the importance of attorney-client privilege during an unclaimed property examination. “It ...

NAIC Sets Model Standard for Consumer Rights, Cybersecurity (January 18, 2016)
ThirdCertainty
Partner Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik is quoted in this ThirdCertainty article regarding the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) adopting its “Roadmap for Cybersecurity Consumer ...

Advisor Warning: Vet Tech Vendors Carefully (July 31, 2015)
Financial Planning
Partners Robert Pile, Michael Steinig and Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik are featured in this Financial Planning article regarding their recent webinar, “Cloud Computing Risks in Financial Services ...

Press Releases

Eversheds Sutherland Launches BreachLawWATCH Mobile App (March 27, 2018)
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce the release of BreachLawWATCH, a unique mobile app that provides easy, consistent access to data breach statutes across the United States and a growing ...

Industry Leaders Meet to Examine Future of Driverless Vehicles and Artificial Intelligence (May 15, 2017)
NEW YORK-Industry leaders came together at the Harvard Club in New York City for a special forum titled Transportation Disrupted: Artificial Intelligence in the Driver’s Seat. The group, which ...

Sutherland Attorneys Publish Updated Insurance Regulation Answer Book with Practising Law Institute (August 31, 2016)
NEW YORK-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce the publication of the 2017 edition of the Insurance Regulation Answer Book, a high-level overview of the legal and regulatory ...

Sutherland Launches Cybersecurity and Privacy Insights Blog (March 17, 2015)
WASHINGTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce the launch of its newest blog, Cybersecurity and Privacy Insights, at sutherlandcybersecurity.com. The blog provides timely ...

Multimedia

Webcast: Back by popular demand: What US companies urgently need to know about the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (November 29, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partners Michael Bahar and Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik along with Eversheds Sutherland (International) Partner Gayle McFarlane present Back by popular demand: What US companies ...

Webcast: What US Companies Urgently Need to Know about Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): Are you Ready? (October 25, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partners Michael Bahar and Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik along with Eversheds Sutherland (International) Partner Paula Barrett present What US Companies Urgently Need to Know ...

Videocast: Unclaimed Property at the Crossroads (October 17, 2017)
US companies and global companies with US operations face the risk of unclaimed property audits as these have occurred in all economic sectors in 2017. While states continue to press their audits ...

Videocast: Cybersecurity and IP Issues with Internet of Things Devices in Autonomous Vehicles (May 23, 2017)
Automated driving is not coming - it’s here. The entire automotive industry is implementing strategies, tools and technologies to not only allow the car to drive, but to operate using Internet of ...

Webcast: The Price Is Right? Predictive Modeling, Big Data and “Price Optimization”: Regulatory and Litigation Developments (May 12, 2015)
Predictive analytics, fueled by big data and driven by our constant use of smartphones, apps and web browsers, are increasingly used by insurers in marketing and distribution, underwriting, in-force ...

Webcast: BDCs and Cybersecurity Preparedness (March 26, 2015)
Business development companies (BDCs), like other financial institutions, are increasingly at risk for privacy and cyber threats. However, the federal and state compliance rules and regulations ...

Webcast: Real Life Minority Report ? - Insurers Grapple With Big Data's Implications (January 13, 2015)
The future that Tom Cruise lived in - where criminal behavior was predicted and stopped before it happened - may be closer than many people realize. Predictive analytics, driven by our constant ...

Webcast: Don't Be the Next CyberAttack Victim: Five Practical Steps Every Company Should Take Now (October 1, 2014)
Sutherland is hosting the second in a series of webinars focused on current trends in technology for insurers and other financial services companies. The panel will discuss the regulatory framework ...

Experience

“Insurance companies are under very stringent exams and audits to uncover unclaimed property in their business. The process is very complicated, rigorous and expensive, and we are helping them work their way through it.”

Experience

Advised numerous U.S. life insurers in responding to subpoenas and multistate market conduct examination requests.
Counseled a coalition of major life insurance companies on evolving state and federal regulations and other legal developments.
Advised insurance company and other clients on unclaimed property audits and remediation strategies.
Advised mutual fund and investment adviser on SEC cybersecurity policies and procedures.
Advised many U.S. life insurance companies on financial statements.
Worked with U.S. life insurance companies sharing same parent in interpreting parental support agreements.
Advised insurance company clients on unclaimed property audits.
Advised insurance companies on multistate market conduct exams.
Counseled life insurance companies on the redesign of registered separate account products.
Advised life insurers on reserve requirements.
Represented U.S. life insurance subsidiary of Swiss holding company in development of innovative variable annuities.
Worked with SEC staff to seek approval for registration of guarantees and credit support agreements related to variable products.
Represented chief compliance officer in SEC inquiry.
Counseled on compensation practices.
Conducted a privileged information security assessment for a retirement benefits provider with the assistance of a major computer security consultancy firm.

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Insurance
  • Financial Services
  • Insurance Regulatory and Compliance
  • Insurance Products
  • Unclaimed Insurance Benefits
  • Securities & Corporate Governance
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Unclaimed Property
  • Automotive
  • Vendor Compliance & Management

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.383.0660  Phone
www.eversheds-sutherland.com
University Attended:
College of New Rochelle, B.A., magna cum laude; Columbia University, Ph.D.
Law School Attended:
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, Articles Editor, Georgetown Law Journal, Order of the Coif
Year of First Admission:
1990
Admission:
1990, Pennsylvania; 1992, District of Columbia
Memberships:

Professional Activities
Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
Member, Investment Management Committee, Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section, District of Columbia Bar
Member, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Former Member, Steering Committee, Georgetown University Law Center's Women's Forum
Member, Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization (UPPO)

Birth Information:
New York, New York, June 3, 1950
ISLN:
901643733

Peer Reviews

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