James J. Giszczak

Member; Chair, Litigation Department; Board of Directors; Executive Committee; Vice Chair, Litigation Services
Detroit
Cleveland
E: jgiszczak@mcdonaldhopkins.com
P: 248.220.1354

Jim is Chair of the Litigation Department, Co-Chair of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group, and he serves on the firm's Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He advises clients regarding data security measures and responding to security breaches involving sensitive personal information and protected health information. He also works with clients in a myriad of industries to assess and implement appropriate data security safeguards. If a data breach occurs, Jim acts as a breach coach, ensuring compliance and minimizing exposure. Jim also works with federal, state and local authorities, as well as third party vendors. Moreover, Jim litigates matters involving data security and data privacy, including defending single plaintiff and class action litigation. Jim is a frequent speaker and writer in data privacy law and regularly conducts Incident Response Workshops for clients and their data breach risk management teams. If you suspect that your business has suffered a data breach, call our Hotline: 855-MH-DATA1 (855-643-2821).

Jim has extensive knowledge advising clients concerning auditing and litigating non-compete, non-disclosure and trade secret matters in nearly every industry. In addition, he has considerable nationwide experience prosecuting and defending employers and employees in non-compete, non-disclosure and trade secret litigation, as well as injunction hearing expertise. Jim has litigated these types of matters in 37 states and counseled in all 50 states. Jim often advises clients regarding restrictive covenant, trade secret and employment issues related to physicians, sales representatives, customer account representatives, key administrators, and technical and clinical personnel. His practice also focuses on business and commercial litigation with trial, litigation and consultation expertise in sales representative and business disputes.

Jim has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts, and has successfully arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association. In addition, he has represented clients in both state and federal appellate courts.

A frequent speaker and commentator on data breach issues, Jim was interviewed on WWJ and FOX2 (WJBK) in Detroit. Jim and his team were named a finalist for Advisen’s 2017 Cyber Risk Awards for Cyber Law Firm of the Year and Advisen’s 2015 Cyber Risk Awards in the Cyber Risk Pre-Breach Team of the Year category.

Jim earned a J.D., cum laude, from University of Notre Dame Law School in 1992. He received a B.A., with honors, from Michigan State University's James Madison College in 1989.

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