US companies are scrambling to prepare for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect on May 25, 2018.

Bond Dickinson’s Andrew Kimble and Womble Carlyle’s Allen O'Rourke recently took part in a discussion of the new European privacy law and its repercussions for businesses in the US The Sept. 13 event was presented by the Charlotte KnowledgeNet Chapter.

Kimble took part in a panel discussion that also included Terma North American General Counsel Dottie Hersey and the SPX Corporation’s Lisa Tuttle. O’Rourke moderated the panel discussion.

Andrew Kimble focuses his practice on all aspects of data protection, freedom of information and privacy work including data protection audits, data security incidents, cross-border data transfers, outsourcing arrangements, subject access requests, direct marketing and general data protection and FOIA compliance.

Allen O’Rourke represents clients in cybersecurity preparedness and data breach response. He also defends clients faced with civil litigation, regulatory action, or government investigations related to data breaches and cyber-attacks.  Before joining Womble Carlyle, he served as an Assistant US Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he focused on cybercrime.