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Christopher Ballod

Partner - Lewis Brisbois


Christopher E. Ballod, CIPP/US, CIPP/E is a partner in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity, Corporate, and Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practices. 

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

Mr. Ballod counsels clients in the prevention of data breach incidents, and during the response and notification process after an incident occurs. His experience protecting his clients' interests before an incident includes:

  • Negotiation and drafting of vendor agreements such as cloud data hosting agreements, software support agreements, telecommunications contracts, cloud-based human resources management services, and online reservation service agreements, providing for defense, indemnification, and response costs in the event of a data breach incident
  • Regulatory compliance counseling including compliance with HIPAA, payment card industry standards (PCI-DSS), NYS Department of Financial Services compliance, and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 
  • Counseling during the assessment of risks and placement of cyber liability coverage
  • Incident preparation counseling including "table top" exercises practicing breach response procedures, and multi-day stakeholder "boot camps" training key personnel in all aspects of risk management and response
  • Drafting of privacy policy statements
  • Preparation of terms of service agreements, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) policies, and ancillary agreements for web-based crowdfunding ventures
  • Transactional counseling including compliance assessment during due diligence

After an incident occurs, Mr. Ballod works as part of the Lewis Brisbois response team to partner with data forensics experts and insurance professionals in order to assess the scope of the breach and to provide the appropriate response. His breach response experience includes:

  • Coordination of breach response services for clients of all market sizes and across multiple business sectors including construction, energy generation, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, municipal government, and retail
  • Breach risk assessment and regulatory reporting including response to enforcement actions
  • PCI Account Data Compromise assessment response and appeal for all major card brands
  • Defense of litigation

Mr. Ballod's experience with technology matters is unique in the industry. In addition to litigating the first "virtual property" case in the United States, Bragg v. Linden Labs, he counseled multi-national vendors of goods and services in a virtual world game about their participation in a virtual currency exchange, and the legality of their gaming businesses under state and federal gambling laws.

Mr. Ballod possesses the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential required to perform ISO 27002 (“Information technology -- Security techniques -- Code of practice for information security controls”) audits. He also possesses the Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) credential.

Energy Sector and Construction Industry

Mr. Ballod counsels clients in the construction industry with a focus on the energy sector. His experience includes negotiation and litigation relating to construction projects on behalf of contractors, design professionals, developers, and owners. He has developed a reputation for expertise with matters pertaining to engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreements. His experience includes the following representative matters:

  • Negotiated a multi-million dollar liquidated damages claim arising out of the EPC agreements for two gas-fired power plants
  • Handled a multi-million dollar arbitration matter pertaining to the valuation of a power plant after alienation of the assets
  • Advised a contractor with a nationwide presence as to regulatory compliance, land use, and permitting issues arising out of multiple power plant projects
  • Conducted a risk assessment analysis for a nuclear and traditional fuel energy generation company in the acquisition of new generation assets
  • Counseled a telecommunications company in the negotiation of site agreement disputes with landowners
  • Handled a dispute involving residual value payments stemming from a power plant development project
  • Handled litigation arising out of indemnification and failure to procure insurance claims relating to power generation facilities in Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Litigated a dispute regarding responsible parties for a floor collapse in a partially constructed multi-story office building
  • Litigated terms of payment claims relating to a multi-structure Gulf state condominium project and two residential subdivision construction projects
  • Negotiated the asset purchase agreement for the acquisition of an industrial machinery repair company, and handled the dissolution of the acquired entity
  • Defended design professionals in numerous professional negligence claims