Gregory Bautista, as co-chair of Wilson Elser’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice and a member of the Information Governance Leadership Committee, has embraced the concept of information governance, which melds the disciplines that exist in all businesses into a powerful enterprise-wide strategy. Greg is an experienced civil litigator with a focus on data breach response and e-discovery matters. He is keenly aware of the growing importance of helping clients to develop and implement data security risk management measures related to the receipt and use of highly sensitive and confidential data.
Greg is a contributing editor to Wilson Elser’s ESI Case Law Update 2016, an annual compendium of cases dealing with issues and developments surrounding electronically stored information. In addition, Greg was appointed an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law where he will teach a course on e-discovery.
Areas of Focus
Cybersecurity & Data Privacy / Risk Management
Greg also serves on Wilson Elser’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy breach response team, effectively and efficiently handling data breaches while protecting clients’ reputations. He has counseled clients through data breach incidents, including e-commerce, hospitality, and health care businesses; financial institutions and professional services firms; and educational institutions, public utilities and nonprofit organizations. He advises clients on their legal notification obligations and represents them in related regulatory investigations and third-party claims. Greg also interacts with clients' information technology support teams and engages forensic investigators to investigate the scope and nature of an incident and help ensure that recommendations for remediation are appropriate. Greg advises clients on data privacy and security risks and assists them in developing privacy policies and incident response plans; he also assists clients in practicing established plans through table-top exercises. Greg helps to identify how risk can best be reduced or eliminated and assists clients in acting on the resulting objectives, which frequently include putting appropriate systems and protocols in place and conducting employee training.
In counseling his clients in the realm of information governance, Greg includes the processes, roles, standards and metrics that help ensure the effective and efficient use of information and the protections necessary for an organization to meet its goals. Emphasizing accountability, Greg recommends a hierarchy that fortifies defenses against risk while allowing the organization to obtain full value from its information resources. This break from compartmentalized thinking is, he believes, the next step in the evolution of sound information management.
Greg provides his clients with knowledge and guidance on e-discovery matters, including case- and client-specific advice about meeting preservation obligations as well as “meet and confer” obligations and addressing e-discovery matters with the court. Greg also delivers cost-efficient strategies for data preservation, collection, review and production and helps clients to develop and implement document retention policies and practices.
Accountants / Class Action Defense
Greg handles complex matters involving professional liability, particularly in the accounting field. He provides comprehensive legal services to accountants and related professionals, including business managers and consultants. Greg offers advice and representation in connection with litigation, risk management, regulatory investigations, commercial negotiations, and partnership and practice issues. He is experienced in class action litigation, from removal under the Class Action Fairness Act, to motions to dismiss, class certification proceedings, discovery, trial, settlement, and appeal. Greg leverages Wilson Elser’s considerable litigation experience, national footprint and cutting-edge technologies to handle these matters quickly and efficiently.