BALTIMORE, MD — Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys David Hamilton and Allen O’Rourke moderated panel discussions last week at the 2019 Legends of the Boardroom, providing insight on white collar defense and cybersecurity. The event, held at Baltimore’s Pier 5 Hotel, was sponsored by the Maryland Bar Association.

Hamilton moderated a panel on white collar criminal defense that included fellow Womble Bond Dickinson attorney, Mark Schamel . The panel discussed thorny issues triggered by government investigations including FBI search warrants, DOJ whistleblower suits, and merger inquiries from EU authorities. Other panelists included Patricia O’Prey, Founding Partner, O'Prey Wen LLP; Jon Tortora, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley; and the Honorable Richard Bennett, District Judge, United States District Court, District of Maryland.

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Hamilton and the other panelists told attendees they need to have a plan for unanticipated events and to be ready to execute on the plan. They added that constant training and reinforcement are paramount.

“Mark Schamel framed it perfectly,” Hamilton said. “If you have a plan for snow days, shouldn’t you have a plan for a dawn FBI raid?”

O’Rourke’s panel discussed emerging cyberthreats to intellectual property and explored what cybersecurity safeguards and counter-measures businesses are implementing in response. The discussion also touched on collaboration with law enforcement and within industry groups to combat such cyberthreats. Finally, the panel addressed how the rapidly evolving landscape of cybersecurity law impacts the protection of intellectual property from cyberthreats. Panelists included Toke Vandervoort, Senior Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel, Under Armour; Hugo Teufel III, Chief Privacy Counsel, Raytheon Company; and Zach Meyers, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Maryland.

David Hamilton has experience in antitrust, class action, trade secrets, RICO, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder and partnerships disputes, franchise and other business competition claims. He has handled numerous cases involving multiple parties in large complex matters and has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Hamilton recently completed an 11-year term as Managing Partner of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Baltimore office and now serves on the firm’s Global Board and Firm Management Committee.

Allen O’Rourke co-chairs Womble Bond Dickinson’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Team and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US, CIPP/E). He leads cyber investigations, helps clients respond to data breaches, and represents clients facing regulatory actions, consumer litigation, and business disputes arising out of cybersecurity incidents. Allen also provides guidance on privacy and data protection, digital advertising and analytics, cybersecurity preparedness, and legal aspects of computer network defense. Prior to joining Womble, O’Rourke was a cybercrime prosecutor who helped lead the Cyber Unit at the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, where he received two Special Achievement Awards for his work to combat cybercrime.

Mark Schamel handles bet-the company investigations and white collar criminal defense litigation. He has represented individuals in some of the largest fraud cases in history, as well as a wide array of traditional criminal cases. Mark’s practice also involves all manner of enforcement matters, including representing clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission.