David G. Ries

Clark Hill PLC

David G. Ries is of counsel in the Pittsburgh, PA office of Clark Hill PLC, where he practices in the Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy Group. He has devoted his legal career to helping organizations traverse complex environmental, technology, and data protection challenges. For over 25 years, he has increasingly focused on cybersecurity, privacy, and information governance. He has used computers in his practice since the early 1980s and since then has strongly encouraged attorneys to embrace technology – in appropriate and secure ways.

Dave frequently speaks and writes nationally on legal ethics, technology, and cybersecurity topics. He is a coauthor of Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers, Second Ed. (American Bar Association 2016) and Encryption Made Simple for Lawyers (American Bar Association 2015) and a contributing author to Information Security and Privacy: A Legal, Business and Technical Handbook, Second Edition (American Bar Association 2011). He served on the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force and the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board and is a member of InfraGard’s Legal Cross-Sector Council and ILTA’s LegalSEC Initiative.

My Sessions

Countering the Cyberthreat Tsunami: Start with the Basics

This session will address three of the greatest cyberthreats to attorneys and law firms today – ransomware, spearphishing, and business email compromise – and practical measures for law firms of all sizes to counter them. Start with the basics because Microsoft Security has recently reported that basic security hygiene protects against 98% of cyberattacks.


Technology Competence, it’s Required

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40 Jurisdictions have now implemented an ethical duty of competence in technology as provided in ABA Model Rule 1.1. This session will present an interactive panel discussion of your duty of technology competence, the importance of using the tools and skills you already have, and what more may be required. It will also explore the […]

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