By GREGORY ZELLER //
A former FBI special agent will help lead Ruskin Moscou Faltischek’s beefed-up cybersecurity group.
A “major expansion” of the Uniondale law firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice group places two recent acquisitions – partner Steven Kuperschmid and Richard Frankel, of-counsel – in charge of a nine-attorney squad focused on data security, regulatory compliance and breach response.
Ruskin Moscou Faltischek’s cybersecurity practice actually launched several years ago to focus on issues related mostly to healthcare privacy. The rebirth, announced Thursday, reflects the changing face of data and its role in modern industry, according to Managing Partner Adam Silvers.
“The reality of today is that virtually every industry has the critical need for expert legal guidance on data security and protection, regulatory compliance, breach investigation and response and litigation,” Silvers said.
Heading the firm’s response to that need are a Ruskin Moscou Faltischek partner and a relative newcomer to this side of the law.
Kuperschmid boasts extensive experience with corporate, financial and regulatory issues, particularly in the technology, e-commerce and Internet space. The partner will co-chair the new group with Frankel, who recently joined the firm following a distinguished FBI career that included stints as special-agent-in-charge of criminal investigations, undercover units and tactical operations.
Frankel’s FBI focus covered various threat-based, intelligence-led law enforcement functions. Those experiences, combined with Kuperschmid’s long familiarity with cyber-related risk-management issues, create a formidable force atop the new practice group, according to Silvers.
“This dynamic leadership will further expand our firm’s cybersecurity capabilities,” the managing partner said Thursday.
The Cybersecurity and Data Privacy lineup includes attorneys John DeMaro, Leora Ardizzone, Andrew Garbarino, Neil Novikoff, Nicole Della Ragione, David Durso and Gregory Kowalsky.
Kuperschmid received his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law and also holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University. Frankel, who also served as associate director of national intelligence and the senior FBI representative to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, received his JD from Quinnipiac Law School and is a graduate of Ithaca College.
The former fed, whose FBI duties included detection of and response to complex cyberattacks, assumes his new role knowing full well “the threats are out there, the threats are real and the consequences could be devastating.”
“Any company operating in today’s world should develop a comprehensive, continually updated cybersecurity plan that includes not only breach prevention and continued education, but emergency response,” Frankel said.
Kuperschmid, who joined the firm in November 2016, agreed that “data security is crucial in nearly every industry.”
“Every business needs to be vigilant to protect themselves against economic loss and liability, large regulatory fines and crippling reputational damage,” the partner said.
Innovating operations to pace modern markets has become a theme at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek. Less than two years ago, noting “intertwining” services, the 49-year-old firm combined its zoning, land use and environmental law groups into a single development practice group under partner E. Christopher Murray.