Ronald I. Raether Jr.

Partner

Orange County
Business Phone: 949.622.2722
Business Fax: 949.622.2739

ronald.raether@troutmansanders.com

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Ron Raether leads the Cybersecurity, Information Governance and Privacy practice group at Troutman Sanders, and is a partner in the firm’s Financial Services Litigation group. Ron is known as the interpreter between businesses and information technology, and has assisted companies in navigating federal and state privacy laws for over twenty years. Ron's understanding of technology led him to be involved in legal issues that cross normal law firm boundaries, including experience with data security, data privacy, patent, antitrust, and licensing and contracts. This experience allows Ron to bring a fresh and creative perspective to data compliance issues with the knowledge and historical perspective of an industry veteran.

His involvement in seminal data compliance and data use cases has helped define current standards in several areas of the law. He assisted one of the first companies required to provide notice of a data breach and has since successfully defended companies in over 100 class actions. Even as regulators fight to broaden their authority and extend the boundaries of existing statutory schemes like the FCRA to cover data analytics and usage, Ron has adapted his practice to address this unique and shifting business/technology concern.

Ron has represented companies in hundreds of individual FCRA cases involving CRAs, resellers, furnishers, users, and public record vendors and has developed a reputation for assisting companies not traditionally viewed as subject to the FCRA. Ron also has litigated cases involving the DPPA, VPPA, TCPA and other federal and state statutory schemes which regulate the use or security of data.

Ron has used this broad legal experience with privacy issues and his understanding of technology to represent clients in a broad range of matters including data aggregation and analytics, mobile applications, payment technologies, de-identification/anonymization, correlation of data from multiple connected devices, “connected-things (IoT),” and electronic crash- and consumer-reporting systems.

Ron also advises on pre- and post-incident compliance concerns ranging from privacy policy preparation to development of incident response plans and workflows, addressing post-incident aftermath, and responding to regulatory inquiries. Balancing privacy, cyber security and business functionality, Ron’s approach to data governance is uniquely designed with the industry in mind as it adapts to the ever-evolving technological and legal landscape.

As a thought leader on these issues, Ron regularly speaks nationally and publishes frequently on cutting-edge compliance developments. Ron is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Governing Without Clear Standards: Lessons Learned From the Trenches,” ISACA LA Spring Conference, Los Angeles, CA, April 12, 2017. 
  • Panelist, “Building Better Compliance to Defend Against Inaccuracy Claims: Lessons from Recent Wins,” National Association of Professional Background Screeners Mid-Year Legislative & Regulatory Conference,” Washington, DC, March 20, 2017.
  • Speaker, “Governing Without Clear Standards: Lessons Learned From The Trenches,” ISSA Puerto Rico Cybersecurity Conference, March 17, 2017.
  • Panelist, “The Supreme Court’s Spokeo Decision – A Busy Six Months,” Troutman Sanders Consumer Financial Services Webinar Series, November 10, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Financial Privacy and Data Security,” American Bar Association National Institute Conference on Consumer Financial Services Basics, Arlington, VA, October 18, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Cybersecurity,” American Bar Association National Institute Conference on Consumer Financial Services Basics, Arlington, VA, October 18, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Big Data in the Privacy Context: Impact of the FTC’s Report on Use of Big Data and a Look into How Big Data will be Regulated in the Future” American Conference Institute’s 20th Advanced Global Legal and Compliance Forum on Privacy & Security of Consumer and Employee Information, San Francisco, CA, October 13, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Cybersecurity in Financial Institutions Industry,” Troutman Sanders Consumer Financial Services Webinar Series, October 5, 2016
  • Panelist, “Class Actions: Data Privacy & Security Breach Case Law, Trends in Key Jurisdictions and Circuit Court Rulings, New Class Certification Issues, Novel Standing, Causation, Damages, Injury and Actual Harm Nuances, and ​How the Spokeo and PF Chang Decisions Will Change the Landscape,” American Conference Institute’s 2nd National Forum on Data Breach & Privacy Litigation and Enforcement, New York, NY, September 29, 2016.
  • Panelist, “FCRA Compliance and Litigation Trends for Resellers,” National Association of Professional Background Screeners Annual Conference, Palm Desert, CA, September 19, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Working Toward Prevention of the Breach: What Do Phishing Incidents Look Like?; How Do Forensic Investigations Take Place?; and Are There Ways to Try to Prevent the Breach?,” American Conference Institute’s 13th National Forum on Cyber & Data Risk Insurance, New York, NY, July 28, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Privacy and Security by Design: How to Fix Ineffective Governance Programs,” American Conference Institute’s 16th Advanced Global Legal & Compliance Forum on Cyber Security and Data Privacy & Protection, Chicago, IL, June 23, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: What are the Key Points for the Background Screening Industry?” National Association of Professional Background Screeners Webinar, June 14, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Litigation,” NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum, Philadelphia, PA, June 7, 2016
  • Panelist, “Privacy vs. Security; Apple and the FBI,” The Eighth Annual Information Security Summit, Los Angeles, CA, May 20, 2016.
  • “The Future is Now; A Forum on Business and Legal Issues Related to FinTech” Fintech Event, New York, May 19, 2016
  • Speaker, “Data Breach Litigation: How to Avoid It and Be Better Prepared for Defense,” Troutman Sanders Consumer Financial Services Webinar Series, May 3, 2016.
  • “Class Actions: Minimizing Litigation Woes for Employers” FCRA Class Actions: Minimizing Litigation Woes for Employers, April 27, 2016
  • Panelist, “Working Toward Prevention of the Breach: What Do Phishing Incidents Look Like?; How Do Forensic Investigations Take Place?; and Are There Ways to Try to Prevent the Breach?,” American Conference Institute Cyber & Data Risk Insurance Conference, Chicago, IL, April 1, 2016.
  • “Business to Business Claims: Vendor Lawsuits; Litigation Between Issuing Banks and Retailers Post-Breach; the Ecosystem of Payment Card Breaches; and Genesco Decision Implications” ACI Data Breach & Privacy Litigation and Enforcement Conference, March 17-18, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Data Breach Litigation: How to Avoid It and Be Better Prepared for Defense,” RSA Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 3, 2016
  • Panelist, “Deflecting the Onslaught: Data Breach Litigation Defenses & Litigation Against Responsible Third Parties,” HB Data Breach & Privacy Litigation Conference, San Francisco, CA, February 11, 2016
  • Panelist, “Why are Transnational Criminal Enterprises Targeting the Financial Services Sector and is My Organization Prepared or are We the Next Victim?,” Information Systems Security Association, Webinar, February 5, 2016
  • Panelist, “Cyber Security Preparedness: Data Breach Incident Response Teams and Refurbishing Your Governance Programs,” American Conference Institute 18th Advanced Global Legal & Compliance Forum on Cyber Security and Data Privacy & Protection, Washington, DC, January 29, 2016.
  • Panelist, “FFIEC Cyber Security Assessment Tool (Assessment) for Financial Institutions: What You Need to Know in 2016 and Beyond,” The Knowledge Group, January 28, 2016.
  • Moderator, “FCRA Compliance” ABA Consumer Financial Services Winter Meetings, January 9-12, 2016.
  • Panelist, “The Impact of Fair Credit Reporting Act in the Regulatory Enforcement and Developments of Financial Services,” The Knowledge Group, November 16, 2015.
  • “Cyber Security Liability Insurance: Need It or Leave It” 2015 ISSA International Conference, October 11-13, 2015.
  • Speaker, NetDiligence: Cyber Liability Conference West Coast, October 7, 2015.
  • "Incident Response Plans With a Focus on Governance Within an Organization," ACI: 17th Global Legal and Compliance Forum on Cyber Security and Data Privacy & Protection, October 2015.
  • "The Changing Landscape of Cyber Liability Litigation: Data Breach Class Actions and Impact on Assessing What Breaches and Resulting Claims are Worth," ACI 11th National Advanced Forum on Cyber & Data Risk Insurance, October 2015.
  • “Understanding the Cybersecurity Risk in Financial Institutions” ISSA Financial SIG Webinar, June 12, 2015.
  • “Data Governance in the Era of the Data Breach” NYS Cyber Security Conference, June 2, 2015.
  • “Lessons Learned and Tips from Fourteen FCRA Lawsuits Filed by One Plaintiff” NAPBS 2015 Mid-Year Legislative and Regulatory Conference, April 14, 2015.
  • “The Increased Importance of Sound Data Governance in the Data Breach Era” IAPP KnowledgeNet LA Chapter, April 9, 2015.
  • “The Whole Company Approach: Working with Your IT Department to Safeguard Networks, Data and Information”, ACI Cyber & Data Risk Insurance, March 23, 2015.
  • “Class Actions & Litigation Roundup: Recent Data Breach Cases, Mega-Privacy Actions, TCPA and Texting Suits, and Assessing What Claims are Worth” ACI Cyber Security & Data Privacy and Protection, January 15, 2015.
  • “Policy Driven Security – Deploy Only Those Security Technologies and Controls That You Need” ISMG Fraud Summit Dallas, November 18, 2014.
  • “What To Tell the Regulators (and Affected Customers) and When?” IAPP Practical Privacy Series New York, November 5-6, 2014.
  • “Increasing Importance of Data Governance in the Era of (Seemingly) Daily Data Breaches” NAPBS Speaker at 2014 Annual Conference, October 21, 2014.
  • “Advanced Cyber Coverage” HB Litigation Conferences Presents: The NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum, October 8-9, 2014.
  • “Financial Privacy and Credit Reporting” ABA Fifth Annual National Institute on Consumer Financial Services Basics, October 6-7, 2014.
  • "The Whole Company Approach: Working With Your IT Department to Safeguard Networks, Data and Information" ACI 9th National Advanced Forum on Cyber & Data Risk Insurance, September 29-30, 2014.
  • "The ABCs of Data Security and Compliance: A Guide To Navigating Data Issues" Presentation to Asurion, Inc., September 12, 2014.
  • "Data Breach and Coverage Litigation" HB Litigation Conferences Presents: The NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum, June 11-13, 2014.
  • "Retaliatory Hacking: Legitimate Corporate Defense?" NYS Cyber Security Conference, June 2-3, 2014.
  • “Fraud Summit” Information Security Media Group, May 24, 2014.
  • "Data Breach Litigation Update - Example Standing in Data Security Breach Cases" ACI 8th National Advanced Forum on Cyber & Data Risk Insurance, March 24-25, 2014.
  • "Anatomy of a Data Breach: What You Say (or Don't Say) Can Hurt You" RSA Conference 2014, February 24-28, 2014.
  • "Privacy in the Digital Age - Is There Even a Barn Door Left to Close?" ABA Presentation, February 6-9, 2014.
  • “Social Media for Business” HB Litigation Conferences LLC, November 14, 2013.
  • "Data Governance: How Strong Data Governance Addresses Big Data, BYOD, the Cloud and Other Issues" LexisNexis Webinar, November 14, 2013.
  • Daubert: New Challenges New Opportunities, Nationwide, October 24, 2013.
  • "Litigation Round Up: Using Recent Cases and Class Actions Claims to Assess What Breaches & Resulting Claims Are Worth" ACI 7th Annual Advanced Summit on Cyber & Data Risk Insurance, September 30 – October 1, 2013.
  • “Digital Media: Data Breach/Security/Privacy”, No Brown Bag Series, September 11, 2013.
  • “Social Media” HB Litigation Webinar, September 9, 2013.
  • "Top Ten Suggestions For Effective Management of Complex Business Litigation and Class Actions" HB Litigation Webinar, September 3, 2013.
  • "Daubert: New Challenges; New Opportunities" Presentation to Nationwide, August 30, 2013.
  • Data Breach: Public Relations and Notice Communication Issues, Thompson Routers, July 22, 2013
  • "Dissecting a Data Breach Claim" HB Litigation Conferences Presents: NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum, June 6-7, 2013.
  • “Litigation Outline Training” Presentation to LexisNexis, April 15 and May 17, 2013.
  • Concordance Partners in Excellence and LAW PreDiscovery User Group Conference, “Challenges Facing Corporations and their Law Firms on eDiscovery,’ March 24, 2013
  • 2013 Traffic Jam: The Intersection of Social Media, Privacy Laws and Data Security, Ohio Information Security Conference, March 17, 2013
  • Data security and privacy in the age of social media and employee-owned devices, Nationwide, December 17, 2012
  • LexisNexis Emerging Issues Webinar Series, 2013 Traffic Jam: The Intersection of Social Media and Insurance, November 15, 2012
  • "Welcome to Tomorrowland, Today - BYOD it's Here, Are you Ready?" ISSA International Conference, October 25-26, 2012.
  • HB Litigation Conferences Presents: NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum, October 11-12, 2012.
  • ABCs of Privacy, October 2, 2012
  • ACI 6th Annual Advanced Summit on Cyber & Data Risk Insurance, September 27, 2012.
  • "Digital Media: Data Breach / Security / Privacy" Cincinnati Bar Association No Brown Bag Seminar, September 11, 2012.
  • "Managing Mobility: Minimizing Threats Posed by Mobile Devices, Applications and Workforces Through Proven Security Measures" ACI's 12th National Legal and Compliance Forum on Privacy & Security of Consumer and Employee Information, July 30-31, 2012.
  • “Post-Breach Communications Issues” Webinar, July 2012.
  • "Top Regulatory Issues for 2012: What Every Business Should Know" and "Data Security and Privacy in the Age of Social Media and Employee-Owned Devices" LexisNexis MCLE Forum, June 21, 2012.
  • Presenter - "Top Regulatory Issues for 2012: What Every Business Should Know" and "Data Security and Privacy in the Age of Social Media and Employee-Owned Devices" Presentation to Federal Express Ground, June 21, 2012.
  • "BYOD: Privacy and Security Issues to Consider Before Inviting Employee-Owned Devices" UD Seminar, June 8, 2012.
  • "Top Regulatory Issues for 2012: What Every Business Should Know" LexisNexis MCLE Forum, June 7, 2012.
  • "Vendor Management - How to Do it Well" HB Litigation Conferences Presents: NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum, June 4-5, 2012.
  • "Privacy & Security of Consumer and Employee Information" ACI 11th Annual Legal and Compliance Forum, February 1-2, 2012.
  • Presenter – Dodd-Frank Presentation to Federal Express, December 6, 2011.
  • Presenter – Dodd-Frank Presentation to Nationwide, December 6, 2011.
  • "Damages and Other Litigation After a Data Breach" HB Litigation Conferences Presents: NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum, October 4-5, 2011.
  • Managing a Crisis: Panel Discussion on a Complex Data Breach Hypothetical, ACI, June 20, 2011.
  • "Solving Special Computer Security Issues" HB Litigation Conferences Presents: NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum, June 9-10, 2011.
  • "Red Flags Rule Revisited - Beyond Financial Institutions" IAPP Audio Conference, August 6, 2009.
  • "Using Social Networking and Web 2.0 Sites in Trial Practice" NBI Teleconference, July 23, 2009.
  • "Legal Ethics in the Information Age" NBI Teleconference, January 27, 2009.
  • "Privacy and Data Protection - A Practical Guide" NBI Teleconference, December 19, 2008.
  • "The Top Ten Issues in Health Care Privacy" GDAHA Presentation, October 21, 2008.
  • "The Recent ID Theft Red Flag Regulations and Other Indicators to Help Organizations Build Defensible Data Protection and Compliance Programs" UD Seminar, June 6, 2008.
  • Presenter – Association of Corporate Counsel, May, 15, 2008.
  • "E-Discovery: Now What?" NBI Seminar, May 7, 2008.
  • "Best Practices in E-Discovery Management" NBI Teleconference, December 28, 2007.
  • "Legal Ethics in the Information Age" NBI Teleconference, December 21, 2007.
  • "Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web" NBI Seminar, August 2, 2007.
  • “Privacy and Compliance: Relevant to All Businesses” July 30, 2007
  • "E-Discovery: Applying the New FRCP Changes" NBI Seminar, July 24, 2007.
  • "E-Discovery and Computer Forensics: Effectively Preserving Evidence" NBI Webinar, June 19, 2007.
  • “E-Discovery and Forensics: Effectively Preserving Evidence”, NBI Webinar, December 7, 2006.
  • "E-Discovery and Computer Forensics: Strategies for Success” NBI Seminar, November 1, 2006.
  • "Internet Strategies for Legal Professionals" NBI Seminar, August 14, 2006.
  • "Intellectual Property, Privacy and Transactional Issues" UD Seminar, June 9, 2006.
  • "Basics of Civil Litigation (Pretrial); Defendant's Perspective" New Lawyer Training Seminar, December 16, 2005.
  • "Preparing, Presenting & Attacking a Damages Claim in Business Litigation" Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. Damages Seminar, October 7, 2005.
  • "Digital Technology and the Law" NBI Seminars, September 14 & 28, 2005.
  • "Getting the Evidence You Need: Effectively Conducting E-Discovery and Computer Forensics in Ohio" NBI Seminar, June 13, 2005.
  • "Overcoming Your Fears: Utilizing Technology in Litigation" NBI Seminar, March 22, 2005.
  • "Document Gathering, Production and Management for Litigation Paralegals in Ohio" IPE Seminar, January 25, 2005.
  • "Protecting Your Ideas" i-Zone Presentation, January 12, 2005.
  • Presenter - "Electronic Discovery: Top Ten List For Being Prepared" Presentation to The Reynolds & Reynolds Company, June 2002.
  • "Creating Your Business; Legal and Practical Considerations" i-Zone Presentation, February 2002.
  • “December 2000 Amendments to Federal Rules” CLE Seminar, February 9, 2001.
  • Adjunct Professor at UD School of Law, 2001-2005.

Publications

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals – CIPP/US Certified

Rankings and Recognition

  • AV Rating® by Martindale Hubbell
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation, 2013-2017
  • Recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2005-2007
  • Recognized as Ohio Super Lawyer, 2010-2013, 2015
  • Dayton Business Journal Best of Bar, 2005, 2006
  • Dayton Chamber of Commerce - Leadership Dayton Class of 2006
  • 2003 Dayton Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2015-present
  • Partner, Faruki, Ireland & Cox P.L.L., 1996-2015
  • Clerk for Honorable Judge Jack Meagher, Montgomery Common Pleas Court, Ohio (1994-1995)
  • Clerk for Honorable Judge Adele Riley, Montgomery Common Pleas Court, Ohio (1995)

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Education

  • University of Dayton, J.D., magna cum laude, 1996
    Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Ohio State University, B.A., cum laude, 1992

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Ohio
  • Minnesota

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit