Jena Valdetero is a trusted business and legal advisor to companies around the world addressing complex data privacy and security issues. Ms. Valdetero heads up the firm's data breach response team, where she helps her clients assess their cyber security risks, prepare for a data breach, and respond to security incidents. In addition, Ms. Valdetero is a certified privacy professional through the International Association of Privacy Professionals, for which she is a former KnowledgeNet Co-Chair.

In addition to her data privacy and security practice, Ms. Valdetero handles complex commercial litigation and business disputes on behalf of  a diverse array of clients, including mortgage lenders and servicers, commercial lenders, consumer product manufacturers, healthcare companies, major retailers, and individual parties. Ms. Valdetero defends clients facing business disputes, consumer lawsuits, and class actions. Ms. Valdetero has handled dozens of consumer class actions in the Northern District of Illinois and federal courts elsewhere, often achieving dismissal of cases before class certification. She approaches matters with an eye towards achieving the best possible resolution for the client, taking into consideration the client’s business interests, the strength of the legal defenses, and the need to discourage vexatious litigation. She prides herself on being responsive, recognizing that her role includes making sure clients are always fully apprised of what is happening in the matter as soon as it happens.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star - Business Litigation, 2013-2016
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Professional Affiliations

    • International Association of Privacy Professionals, Certified Information Privacy Professional, CIPP/US
    • Women In Law Empowerment Forum ("WILEF") Global Advisory Board Member
    • Women In Law Empowerment Forum ("WILEF") Global Advisory Board Member
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Representative Experience

  • Advised clients on hundreds of data breaches, including those caused by inadvertent disclosure of personal data, ransomware, and PCI breaches.
  • Assisted hundreds of clients with becoming “data breach ready,” include reviewing cyberliability insurance policies, drafting incident response plans, and leading tabletop exercises.
  • Represented clients in litigation before multiple state Supreme Courts and state and federal appellate courts, obtaining favorable rulings in high risk litigation, including dozens of class actions, often obtaining dismissal via motion to dismiss.
  • Cost-effectively manages high volume litigation for a number of clients in the mortgage servicing space throughout the United States.

Publications

  • Co-Author, “The notification dilemma – what can you tell the public when you don't yet know the extent of a data security incident?” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, October 2019
  • Co-Author, Data Security Breach Handbook (2019 Edition), July 2019
  • Author, “INSIGHT: Is CCPA a Data Breach Litigation Game Changer? Predictions for 2020,” Bloomberg Law, June 2019
  • Co-Author, 2019 Data Breach Litigation Report, May 2019
  • Co-Author, “Data Breaches,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, May 2019
  • Co-Author, “Why You Need a WISP Even if You Operate Outside of Massachusetts,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, April 2019
  • Co-Author, “Forensic Investigators,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, December 2018
  • Co-Author, “Class Action Litigation Trends,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, November 2018
  • Author, “GDPR's Most Frequently Asked Questions: What are a law firm’s obligations under the GDPR in the event of a data security breach?” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, October 2018
  • Co-Author, “GDPR: The Most Frequently Asked Questions: Can a company send data breach notifications to impacted individuals through email? Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, October 2018
  • Co-Author, “GDPR: The Most Frequently Asked Questions: What is a law firm’s lawful purpose for processing data that it receives from a client as part of a representation? Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, September 2018
  • Co-Author, “California Amendment to Privacy Law Official: The Definitive Practical Guide for what the CCPA requires companies to do Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, September 2018
  • Co-Author, “GDPR: The Most Frequently Asked Questions: What types of information do law firms collect that may be subject to the GDPR? Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, September 2018
  • Co-Author, “GDPR: The Most Frequently Asked Questions: Can a litigant use a subject access request as a means of obtaining quasi-discovery?” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, September 2018
  • Co-Author, “GDPR: The Most Frequently Asked Questions: Is a law firm required to respond to a data subject access request?” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, September 2018
  • Co-Author, “Credit Monitoring Services,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, August 2018
  • Co-Author, “Wire Transfer Fraud,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, August 2018
  • Co-Author, “Loans in Dispute: A Look at the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Evolving Guidance for Using Compliance Condition Codes,” The Banking Law Journal, June 2018
  • Author, “GDPR’s Most Frequently Asked Questions: Do Service Providers Have To Notify Their Clients About ‘Suspected’ Breaches?,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, May 2018
  • Author, “GDPR’s Most Frequently Asked Questions: Does a Company Need To Notify Impacted Individuals Every Time It Suffers A Data Breach?,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, May 2018
  • Author, “GDPR’s Most Frequently Asked Questions: Does A Company Need To Notify Regulators Every Time It Suffers A Data Breach?,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, April 2018
  • Author, “Law Firm Compensation: A Model of Collaboration,” National Association of Women Lawyers Journal, Vol. 103, March 2018
  • Co-Author, “Use of Compliance Condition Codes: Recent Developments and Unanswered Questions Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” Colorado Bar Association Business Law Section Newsletter, February 2018
  • Author, “How Employers Can Become Experts at Data Breaches: Tossed Files,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, December 2017
  • Author, “How Employers Can Become Experts at Data Breaches: Errant Emails,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, December 2017
  • Author, “How Employers Can Become Experts at Data Breaches: Lost Laptops and USBs,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Client Alert, December 2017
  • Podcast: “Data Breach Discussion,” Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Bank Account Podcast, December 2017
  • Co-Author, “2016 and 2017 Data Breach Litigation Report”
  • Author, "Lessons From Anthem: Preparing for the Breach," Antitrust Health Care Chronicle, April 2015
  • Co-Author, "Data Security Breaches: Incident Preparedness and Response," Washington Legal Foundation, December 2014
  • Co-Author, "Proceed At Your Peril: Questions Abound With New State Laws Restricting Employer Access to Employees’ Personal Social Media Accounts," Social Media Law & Policy Report, June 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • “Cybersecurity Attacks: A Survival Guide, 2018 Practicing Law Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law, Chicago, June 2018
  • "Cybersecurity/Privacy: The True Cost of a Data Breach," 2018 ACC Chicago Summit, May 2018
  • "Data Privacy and Security Issues - Lessons on Proactive Legal Advice, and What Business Clients Need Their Lawyers to Know," CLE by the Sea, July 2016
  • "Regulatory Insights from a Corporate & Regulator Perspective," hosted by the Chicago Bar Association, Cyber Law & Data Privacy Committee, and International Association of Privacy Professionals, June 2016
  • Moderator, “Coaching and Cocktails,” Women In Law Empowerment Forum, April 2016
  • "A Banker's Guide to Cyber Insurance and Data Security Issues," The Banking Institute - UNC School of Law, March 2016
  • “Cyber Risk: Tips, Trends and Pitfalls,” IMA University, February 2016