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Cyber-security expert Brian E Finch joins Pillsbury as a public practices partner

Pillsbury has announced the appointment of Brian E Finch, a leading authority in cyber security, as a partner in the public practices section in Washington DC, where he will represent major corporations in their public policy and their global security strategy and compliance needs. Finch joins Pillsbury from Dickstein Shapiro, where he led the global security practice in the firm’s government law and strategy group.

Finch will also be a leader of Pillsbury’s new multi-disciplinary, multi-office global security team. The team includes top practitioners in privacy and data protection, liability mitigation, risk transfer and insurance coverage and recovery, corporate governance, global sourcing, regulatory counselling and government affairs.

A well-known lobbyist, Finch counsels clients on regulatory and government affairs issues involving the Department of Homeland Security, Congress, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

He is also a leading authority on the SAFETY (Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies) Act and has drafted some of the first applications for security vendors under the 2002 statute. The SAFETY Act provides legal liability protections for providers of qualified anti-terrorism Technologies, whether they are products or services.

Finch’s representative clients include Fortune 50 companies, cyber-security vendors and integrators, professional sports leagues, professional sports teams, owners of large real-estate properties in lower Manhattan, real-estate investment trusts and electric and gas utility trade associations. He advises companies on critical legal and business strategies for preventing, mitigating, defending and recovering from risks arising from a range of threats, including cyber attacks and acts of terrorism.

Since drafting some of the first applications involving the SAFETY Act, Finch has prepared dozens of additional SAFETY Act applications for clients seeking liability protection for a variety of anti-terrorism products and services. He also counsels companies in matters related to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) law and is a well-known advocate on Capitol Hill for security issues.

Finch writes a weekly column and makes regular appearances as a homeland and cyber-security commentator on the Fox Business Channel and is often quoted in business and political publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Politico and The Hill.

Finch received his JD from the George Washington University Law School and his MA in security policy studies from the George Washington University in 1999. He graduated from Cornell University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in policy analysis.

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