The practice of law has changed dramatically since the days of carbon paper, fax machines, and dusty libraries. Today, an attorney’s computer contains everything needed to manage a law firm’s entire business including the confidential and proprietary data of the firm and its clients, the equivalent of complete file rooms and libraries of documents and data. With laptops, attorneys travel everywhere with thousands of file drawers of information. Unfortunately, power and portability provide opportunities for loss of client data.
Co-authored by Duff & Phelps’ Legal Management Consulting practice, and published in the February 2013 issue of the Texas Bar Journal, this article highlights the facts and figures of data breaches, the data and information impacted, the ethics and attorney duties to protect the information, the penalties for disclosure, and some practical tips on protecting the information.