Epstein Becker Green Bolsters Technology and Data Security Capabilities with Addition of Adam Forman and Return of Robert Hudock

Washington, DC (October 1, 2015)Epstein Becker Green (EBG) is pleased to announce that Adam S. Forman has joined as a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice. He will be based in Detroit and Chicago. In addition, Robert J. Hudock returns as a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the Washington, DC office, after serving as Chief Privacy and Data Security Officer and Senior Vice President at SAIC, a major intelligence, military, aerospace, engineering, and systems contractor.

To meet market trends and demands in an increasingly digital age, EBG has continued to evolve its services related to privacy and security issues that companies of all sizes may face. Mr. Forman, who focuses on employee use of technology in the workplace, and Mr. Hudock, who focuses on the technical challenges of securing data systems, help round out EBG’s capabilities.

“Adam and Robert both bring exceptional resources and capabilities to assist clients who may be dealing with critical situations related to information technology, privacy, and security risks and legal issues,” said Mark E. Lutes, Chair of EBG. “They are well known as thought leaders in their areas, and we are fortunate to have Adam join us and Robert come back.”

Returning to EBG after managing all aspects of privacy and cybersecurity compliance at SAIC, Mr. Hudock’s practice focuses on data breach and response, national security law, cybersecurity, and global privacy and data security. Mr. Hudock has represented clients before federal and state government agencies in connection with a range of issues, including Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigations, national security-related investigations, cybersecurity matters, and Attorney General investigations into security breaches. He counsels clients on preparing for, and responding to, cyber-based attacks on their networks and information, assessing clients’ security controls and practices for the protection of data, developing and implementing information security programs, and complying with federal and state regulatory requirements.

Mr. Hudock, who was named to a “Rising Stars” list by Washington, DC Super Lawyers in 2013, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He is also certified by the National Security Agency to perform INFOSEC Assessment Methodology (IAM) audits under FISMA and by the Health Information Trust Alliance (HTIRUST) as a Certified CSF Practitioner, an organization that provides training to develop and maintain effective security programs for health care and life sciences companies. In addition, he is a Certified Ethical Hacker, a professional certification provided by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants.

“Robert is a skilled security and legal professional with an exceptional ability to identify and understand the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems,” said George Breen, Chair of the firm's National Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Steering Committee. “Our clients have in the past and will again benefit from his tremendous knowledge as they wrestle with securing their information systems against external and internal threats.”

The 2015 edition of Chambers USA notes that Mr. Forman “is a renowned expert in social media issues relating to the workplace” who also “focuses on litigation, training and preventive advice on the employment side.” A frequent writer and national lecturer on issues related to technology in the workplace, such as social media, Internet, and privacy issues facing employers, Mr. Forman is often interviewed by newspapers, radio, and legal blogs on those topics. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the 2015 supplement to Bloomberg BNA’s Workplace Data: Law and Litigation. He was also recently named to Bloomberg BNA’s Labor & Employment Innovation and Technology Board. Mr. Forman was ranked by Chambers USA in Michigan for Labor & Employment (2011-2015); selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment Law (2010-2011) and Employment Law-Management and Labor Law-Management (2012-2015); and named one of the “Up and Comers” on Lawdragon's “Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” list (2014).

Mr. Forman’s experience includes defending against wage and hour disputes and claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; representing management in labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and collective bargaining; regularly advising employers about issues and policies related to social media and the online conduct of employees; and training workforces on employment law topics, such as how to conduct a workplace investigation.

“I have known Adam for several years, and he is one of the foremost attorneys in the nation focusing in the labor and employment law implications of technology in the workplace,” said David W. Garland, Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Steering Committee. “As employers are grappling with how to handle employee use of technology and reviewing the legal, security, and other employment issues involved, Adam’s experience and skills will be valued by our clients and we are thrilled to welcome him to our team.”

About Epstein Becker Green

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., is a national law firm with a primary focus on health care and life sciences; employment, labor, and workforce management; and litigation and business disputes. Founded in 1973 as an industry-focused firm, Epstein Becker Green has decades of experience serving clients in health care, financial services, retail, hospitality, and technology, among other industries, representing entities from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Operating in offices throughout the U.S. and supporting clients in the U.S. and abroad, the firm’s attorneys are committed to uncompromising client service and legal excellence. For more information, visit www.ebglaw.com.