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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Jason M. Beach

Jason M. Beach

Counsel

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Georgia, U.S.A.

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Profile

Jason’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, incident response management, cybersecurity/data breach issues, and government regulatory matters.

Jason’s complex commercial litigation experience is in cyber security/data breach matters, class action defense, and financial services issues in both state and federal courts. Jason’s clients include Fortune 500 companies such as major retailers and financial services institutions, and he often represents clients in high-profile class actions resulting from data exposures, including the largest reported data breach in history.

In addition to his litigation experience, Jason has robust expertise in cyber security, incident response management, and enterprise information security remediation programs. His internal investigation work has involved regulatory, compliance, and enforcement advice with governmental entities such as the FTC, Federal Reserve Bank, FDIC, OCC, FBI, and the US Secret Service. Jason regularly speaks and publishes articles about information security issues as well as class action litigation subjects.

Jason was a law clerk for the Hon. Hugh Lawson of the US District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, and an intern for the Hon. Margaret H. Murphy of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Relevant Experience

  • Conducted dozens of internal investigations regarding cyber security, consumer services outsourcing, banking and other regulatory compliance, cyber intrusions of major retailers and financial institutions, and information security remediation. Jason has worked with United States and International law enforcement and regulators on such events.
  • Advises on data protection and potential compromises of sensitive data for healthcare companies, retailers, financial institutions (banks, mortgage lenders and servicers, payment processors, debt repurchasers, etc.), law firms, and government clients.
  • Advised healthcare companies, major web services providers, retailers, financial services, and institutions on government investigations, as well as regulatory compliance for information security and technology issues.
  • Defended and prosecuted a variety of commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts (including multi-district litigation, class action, and trial experience) throughout the United States. Many of these matters involved cyber security litigation concerning the Wiretap and Stored Communications Act, the FTC Act, identity theft laws, breach notification statutes, as well as data security claims arising from tort and contract theories. Other matters involved national consumer lenders and creditors in connection with a variety of consumer litigation in Georgia and the surrounding states, specifically with regard to mortgage issues, alleged violations of federal lending statutes such as TILA, RESPA, and FCRA, alleged violations of state statutes regulating mortgage lenders, common law tort claims, and aggressive creditor actions.
  • Defended state and federal class actions involving national banking associations' transaction posting order, insurance companies' claims evaluation software, internet service provider and payment processor's early termination fees, and security deed release issues.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • New York

Education

BA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, summa cum laude, College Scholars in Spanish and Legal/Cultural Studies; Phi Beta Kappa, Whittle Scholarship, 1999
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Defended and prosecuted a variety of commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts (including multi-district litigation and trial experience) throughout the United States. Many of these matters involved national consumer lenders and creditors in connection with a variety of consumer litigation in Georgia and the surrounding states, specifically with regard to mortgage issues, alleged violations of federal lending statutes such as TILA, RESPA, and FCRA, alleged violations of state statutes regulating mortgage lenders, common law tort claims, and aggressive creditor actions. 
  • Defended state and federal class actions involving national banking associations' transaction posting order, insurance companies' claims evaluation software, internet service provider and payment processor's early termination fees, and cyber security issues. 
  • Conducted internal investigations regarding cyber security, consumer services outsourcing, banking and other regulatory compliance, cyber intrusions of financial institutions and retailers, and information security remediation. 
  • Advised financial institutions and consumer product companies on regulatory compliance for information security issues. 
  • Has extensive pro bono experience in both state and federal courts, including multiple appeals.


Professional Associations

  • Member, American Bar Association, 2006-present
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association, 2005-present
  • Lamar Inn of Courts

Professional Activities and Experience

  • “On the Rise” honoree, Daily Report, 2016
  • Empire State Counsel Honoree, 2014, 2015 (for pro bono service)
  • E. Randolph Williams Community Service Award, 2006-2010, 2012-2013
  • Selected as “Georgia Rising Star,” Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012, 2013
  • 2012 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Superman Award, 2013

Articles

  • Data Breach Resource Center
  • USA - Washington D.C., Chapter 32, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Class & Group Actions
  • Aggregation Aggravation: Cappuccitti’s Effect On CAFA, Law360: Class Action Law
  • Chapter on Class Action Trials, in A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions, (Marcy Hogan Greer, ed.)
  • Federal Court: Data Breach Class Action Against Sony Survives Motion to Dismiss, Hunton & Williams Privacy & Information Security Law Blog
  • Federal Court: Seventh Circuit States Data Breach Class’ Allegations Against Neiman Marcus Satisfy Article III Standing, Hunton & Williams Privacy & Information Security Law Blog
  • The Increasing Failure of ‘Overpayment’ Claims In Data Breach Litigation Against Retailers, Bloomberg BNA Class Action Litigation Report, 16 CLASS 1174
  • Update Chapter on Statistical Sampling as a Basis for Extrapolating Liability, in A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions (Marcy Hogan Greer, ed.)
  • Federal Court: Attorney-Client Privilege and Work-Product Doctrine Upheld for Materials Associated with Internal Data Breach Investigation, Hunton & Williams Privacy & Information Security Law Blog
  • The Increasing Failure of ‘Overpayment’ Claims In Data Breach Litigation Against Retailers, Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Law Report
  • Update Chapter on Class Action Trials, in A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions (Marcy Hogan Greer, ed.)
  • Putative Data Breach Class Action Against Uber Dismissed Without Prejudice, Hunton & Williams Privacy & Information Security Law Blog
  • Efficacy of FCRA claims based on stolen data in data breach cases, Westlaw Journal: Computer & Internet
  • Chapters on Trials and Statistical Sampling, A Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions (2d edition), American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • D.C. Circuit Steadies the Barko Bus: Clarification of the Attorney-client Privilege in Corporate Internal Investigations and Post-Barko Developments, Bloomberg BNA Corporate Law & Accountability Report

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