Incident Response Forum West 2020

A Data Breach Response Conference for Legal and Compliance Professionals
Thursday, January 30, 2020, The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills,
Los Angeles, California


Sold Out 300
Incident Response Forum is the only conference of its kind. It is focused solely on the field of Incident Response – the work that begins after a data breach that has quickly become the fastest growing practice area at law firms and consulting firms – and is geared specifically for the legal and compliance professionals who have emerged as critical players during the aftermath of a data security incident.

Incident Response Forum has been held annually in Washington, D.C. since 2016. In 2019, Cybersecurity Docket introduced a West Coast counterpart to this event– Incident Response Forum West. After the tremendous success of Incident Response Forum West 2019, which promptly sold out the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California, we are pleased to announce that Incident Response Forum West will return to the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on January 30, 2020!

Our stellar faculty of current government cyber-prosecutors and cyber-investigators, attorneys and experts specializing in data breach response will discuss the most important and timely data breach response topics, including:

  • Why legal professionals involved in an incident response must become the quarterback of all workflow and how to handle this important responsibility;
  • The legal and compliance aftermath of a data breach, including governmental investigations and litigation, as well as the almost endless list of potential civil liabilities after a cyber-attack;
  • The “Golden Hour”: What should you be doing in the first hour that you become aware of a potential attack? Who should you notify? What should you do to prevent evidence from being corrupted by well-meaning insiders?;
  • Best practices for protecting the attorney-client privilege as it applies to the work product from digital forensic investigators and other consultants responding to a data breach. What are the limits of sharing information about an incident? When should counsel be involved? What kind of information might better remain privleged?;
  • The exploding issue of “ransomware,” and best practices for handling such demands;
  • Who speaks for the first responders to a data breach? The critical need for a communication plan to brief management, business partners, insurers, the press and others;
  • Best practices for handling the insurance issues arising after a data breach and current issues in the cyber insurance market, an area which legal and compliance professionals will need to understand during an incident response;
  • The broad range of state and federal regulatory issues, tactics and strategies encountered during an incident response, especially managing regulatory interphase and law enforcement liaison;
  • A detailed discussion of the nature of the international threat of cyber-attacks.  For legal and compliance professionals, understanding the international dynamic of cyber-threats is critical to represent adequately the interest of corporate clients – especially in the context of regulatory compliance; insurance claims; and privacy protections; and
  • A discussion of the important and thoughtful preemptive measures companies should take to meet their compliance obligations and to help prepare themselves to respond., including preemptive steps that legal and compliance professionals should implement today to not only insure adequate preparation for the latest types of data breaches, but also to assure adequate compliance amid increasing regulatory scrutiny.

Incident Response Forum West 2020 provides an entire morning of exciting, informative and interactive panel sessions that will discuss how attorneys and other professionals can successfully and effectively manage an Incident Response engagement.  California CLE credit will also be available (application pending).


Current Faculty and Speaker List for Incident Response Forum West 2020:

FBI Faculty: 

  • Justin Vallese, Special Agent, FBI Los Angeles Field Office; Computer Intrusion Squad and Cyber Program Coordinator for FBI Los Angeles

SEC Faculty: 

  • Diana Tani, Assistant Regional Director, SEC’s Los Angeles Regional Office and Member, Cyber Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office Faculty:

  • Joseph Woodring, AUSA in the Central District of California; Cyber & Intellectual Property Crimes Section

U.S. Secret Service Faculty:

  • Jesse Baker, Special Agent in Charge, Los Angeles Field Office


  • Jennifer Archie, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Robyn K. Bacon, Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson; former AUSA, Central District of California and Member, Cyber & Intellectual Property Crimes Section
  • Allison J. Bender, Of Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; former Senior Cybersecurity Attorney, DHS’ Office of the General Counsel
  • Daron M. Hartvigsen, Managing Director, Ankura Consulting; former Special Agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and Chief of Cyber Investigations and Operations
  • Sean B. Hoar, Partner and Chair of Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, Lewis Brisbois; former Lead Cyber Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon
  • Natasha Kohne, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Co-Leader of Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection practice
  • Travis LeBlanc, Partner, Cooley LLP; former Chief, Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau
  • Dominique Shelton Leipzig, Partner, Perkins Coie and Co-Chair, Ad Tech Privacy & Data Management Group
  • Michael G. Morgan, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, and Leader of Global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice
  • Bret Padres, Chief Executive Officer, The Crypsis Group; former Special Agent, U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations and Chief of R&D, Computer Crimes Unit, U.S. Postal Service’s OIG
  • Jim Pastore, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton; former AUSA, Southern District of New York
  • Steven B. Roosa, Partner and Head of NRF Digital Analytics and Technology Assessment Platform, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Phyllis B. Sumner, Partner and Chief Privacy Officer, King & Spalding LLP; former AUSA, N.D. Ill. and N.D. Ga.
  • Aravind Swaminathan, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Global Co-Chair of Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation team; former AUSA, W.D. of Washington
  • J. Andrew Valentine, Managing Director, Kroll’s Cyber Risk practice
  • Ronald Yearwood, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting’s Cybersecurity Practice; former Section Chief of Cyber Operations III, FBI’s Cyber Division

Please register here!