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Jessica advises her clients in all aspects of business counsel and disputes, with a particular focus on data privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property. Jessica is chair of the firm's cybersecurity and data privacy practice and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) through the ANSI-accredited International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Jessica’s broad experience includes advising clients on data privacy compliance, including state, federal and international cybersecurity and data privacy laws. She defends clients in data breach class action litigations and routinely manages data incidents, breaches and advises on breach notification obligations. Jessica regularly counsels clients through incident response matters including forensic engagement and oversight and advises on insurance coverage matters. Jessica also prepares incident response strategies, information governance plans, privacy policies and reviews technology and software contracts for data privacy compliance and intellectual property protection. She has a particularized knowledge on compliance with NY SHIELD Act, CCPA and GDPR, and industry-focused compliance with the NY Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulations, HIPAA and HITECH. Jessica obtained a Certificate in Cybersecurity Leadership from Carnegie Mellon in 2019. 

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CIPPE-US

  • Defense of Patent Infringement Claims Against Financial Institutions, Medical Device Manufactures, and Computer Software/Hardware Companies
  • Defense of Class Action Suit Related to Data Privacy
  • Breach of Contract & Trade Secret Misappropriation Litigation on Behalf of Greek Yogurt producer 
  • Co-chaired Jury Trial in Complex Commercial Dispute in Erie County Supreme Court, Commercial Division
  • Defense of Environmental Contamination Claims Against Oil & Gas Clients
  • Defense of Financial Institutions From Patent Infringement Allegations
  • Defense of Whistleblower Retaliation Claims Under OSHA in the Department of Labor

  • New York Super Lawyers®, IP Litigation, 2022
    • Upstate New York Rising Star, 2013-2015
  • Buffalo Business First, Legal Elite of Western New York, 2020
  • Buffalo Business First, 40 Under 40, 2020 
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Privacy, Big Data & Cybersecurity Committee, Co-Chair, 2020
    • Women in Intellectual Property Committee, Member
    •  Law Firm Management Committee, Member
  • Former president, St. John's University School of Law Intellectual Property Law Society

  • Panelist, Do you need to build or mature your business's cybersecurity program?, Avalon Cyber, November 15, 2022
  • Panelist, Cyber Law Society Data Privacy Panel, Touro University Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, October 26, 2022
  • Panelist, Cybersecurity Panel, M&T Insurance, October 5, 2022
  • Panelist, Panel of Experts: Cyber Security 2022, Buffalo Business First, September 22, 2022
  • Navigating the Intersection of Cybersecurity and Litigation, FBA - NDNY, August 23, 2022
  • Moderator, Buffalo chapter of The Institute for Supply Management®, “Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation; Lessons Learned from Ransomware Triage,” May 6, 2022
  • Cybersecurity Risks Manufacturers Face, Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance, January 27, 2022
  • An Interview with Jessica Copeland, World Data Privacy Day, Legally Bond Podcast, January 24, 2022
  • Cybersecurity in a Remote Work Environment, CNY SHRM, July 8, 2021
  • Solarwinds – Pandora’s Box of Cybersecurity and Data Risks, New York Intellectual Property Law Association, June 15, 2021
  • An Interview with Jessica Copeland, Data Privacy, Legally Bond Podcast, April 12, 2021
  • A Review of the NY SHIELD Act and How it Impacts Your Dealership, New York State Automobile Dealers Association, May 5, 2021
  • Best Practices in the COVID Era, New York Intellectual Property Law Association, February 24, 2021
  • Preserving A/C Privilege & Work Product Immunity in Patent Prosecution, Litigation and Data Breach Forensic Investigations, The New York Intellectual Property Law Association, November 12, 2020
  • NY SHIELD Act – Data Security Standards Set to Protect New York Resident Data, SUNY Buffalo State College, April 30, 2020
  • Securely Working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic, iSecure, April 23, 2020
  • NYS Shield Act In Review, iSecure, March 24, 2020
  • GDPR Compliance for Higher Education Websites, New York City, January 15, 2020
  • Cybersecurity Compliance Landscape 2020 Panel, Rochester Security Spill, November 21, 2019
  • Interactive Panel: NY Social Media Guidelines, New York Intellectual Property Law Association One-Day Patent CLE Seminar, November 13, 2019
  • Changes to NYS Data Privacy Laws, Bond Buffalo Labor and Employment Law Seminar, October 24, 2019

  • Association for Data and Cyber Governance
  • Buffalo Museum of Science and Tift Preservation, Deputy Treasurer
    • Chair of Audit Committee
  • SUNY Buffalo State College, Adjunct Professor
    • Data Science & Analytics Master of Science Program, Advisory Board
    • Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics Master of Science Program, Advisory Board
  • Western District of New York, Pro Se Assistance Program
  • YWCA of Western New York, Board Member, President