Jose Abarca

Jose Abarca

Jose Abarca counsels companies on the many issues that could, and sometimes do, end up in court or before government agencies.

As a litigator, Jose has represented numerous companies in matters ranging from ownership disputes to bet-the-company litigation. In the energy, infrastructure and natural resources practice areas, Jose focuses on resolving disputes involving engineering, procurement, master services, purchasing, development, and construction agreements.

Jose also assists clients in responding to cybersecurity incidents. As part of his cybersecurity practice, he works with technical consultants to conduct root cause analyses, counsels clients on their obligations to consumers, employees, and regulatory bodies, and helps design and implement written information security programs that meet relevant industry standards.

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Digital Transformation – Regulator Issues $80 Million Penalty for Not Doing It Right

Digital transformation refers to the process of leveraging technology, people and processes to innovate or stay competitive.  The main driver of this process is often data.  For a vivid illustration see Data Never Sleeps, an infographic released by Domo, a leading business analytics company. While executing digital transformation the right way can lead to great … Continue Reading

Coast to Coast and Back Again – Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Rules

March 2020 will long be remembered as the month and year of en masse shutdowns.  But the pandemic has done little if anything to slow new cybersecurity and data privacy laws.  As highlighted below, regulations for one have been submitted (CA), another has gone into effect (NY), and yet another has been proposed (CA). California … Continue Reading

Court Orders Disclosure of Capital One’s Incident Report

Last July, Capital One announced that an outside individual gained unauthorized access to information belonging to 100 million individuals in the United States and approximately six million in Canada.[1]  Within days, lawsuits were filed nationwide asserting an assortment of claims relating to the data breach. Last week, in a class action filed in Virginia a … Continue Reading

Is Your Incident Response Plan Ready for Novel Computer Viruses?

A “novel” virus is one that has not been previously identified, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[1]  In 2000, like the COVID-19 virus that was officially named on February 11, 2020, the ILOVEYOU virus became a global pandemic for data systems.  Within days, millions of computers were infected as the virus compromised … Continue Reading
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