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 is a partner in the Cybersecurity, Information Governance and Privacy, and Financial Services Litigation practices at Troutman Sanders. Ron is known as the interpreter between the business and information technology, guiding both parties to the best result. In this role, Ron has assisted companies in navigating federal and state privacy laws for almost twenty years. Ron's experience with technology‑related issues, including data security, patent, antitrust, and licensing and contracts, helps bring a fresh and creative perspective to novel data compliance issues. Ron has been involved in seminal data compliance cases, assisting one of the first companies required to provide notice of a data breach and successfully defending companies in over 50 class actions. Ron also has represented companies in over 200 individual FCRA cases involving CRAs, resellers, furnishers, users, and public record vendors. Ron has developed a reputation for assisting companies not traditionally viewed as subject to the FCRA or with FCRA compliance questions where the law remains uncertain or unresolved.

Ron not only works with companies which have experienced unauthorized access to consumer data or have been named defendants in class actions and before regulators, but also has advised companies in developing compliance programs to proactively address these issues. As a thought leader, Ron speaks nationally and publishes frequently on cutting-edge compliance issues. Ron is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • 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 Consumer Financial Services Institute, Arlington, VA, October 18, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Cybersecurity,” American Bar Association Consumer Financial Services Institute, 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,” 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, “Resellers: Compliance and Litigation Lessons Learned,” 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.
  • Speaker, “Data Breach Litigation: How to Avoid It and Be Better Prepared for Defense,” Troutman Sanders Consumer Financial Services Webinar Series, May 3, 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.
  • 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 Litigation Conferences, 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.
  • Panelist, “The Impact of Fair Credit Reporting Act in the Regulatory Enforcement and Developments of Financial Services,” The Knowledge Group, November 16, 2015.
  • Speaker, NetDiligence: Cyber Liability Conference West Coast, October 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.

Publications

  • Author, “Data Privacy: The Current Legal Landscape – Annual Edition,” Troutman Sanders News & Knowledge, February 10, 2017.
  • Author, "Data Privacy: The Current Legal Landscape – Quarterly Update, October 2016," Troutman Sanders News & Knowledge, Nov. 4, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Data Breach Defenses When Consumer Plaintiffs Come Knocking," Lexis Nexis, August 15, 2016.
  • Author, "Practical Advice On Applying For The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Program," Troutman Sanders News & Knowledge, July 29, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “The Technology Lawyer and Connected Things,” Law360, July 28, 2016.
  • Quoted, “Top Privacy Cases of 2016: Midyear Report,” Law360, July 1, 2016.
  • Author, "The Technology Lawyer And Connected Things," Law360, July 28, 2016.
  • Co-author, "Underwriting in an Even More Connected World," PLUS Journal, March 2016.
  • Co-author, "Data Privacy: The Current Legal Landscape," March 2, 2016.
  • To Address Cyber Vulnerability, Address the Human Factor - Daily Journal, Oct 29, 2015.
  • Ten Years Later: Data Governance in the Decade of the Data Breach - September, 2015.
  • BYOD Bring Your Own Device (Know The Privacy and Security Issues Before Inviting Employee Owned Devices To The Party) - April, 2012.
  • There Has Been a Data Security Breach: But is Notice Required? - December, 2007.
  • Email Maelstrom - September/October, 2003.
  • Encryption Technologies May Not Be Optional - December, 2008.
  • Getting Support For Privacy And Data Compliance: Not A Hard Sell If Done Right - October, 2011.
  • Data Security and Ethical Hacking; Points to Consider for Eliminating Avoidable Exposure - September/October, 2008.
  • Privacy in the Office - August, 2008.
  • The Recent ID Theft Red Flag Regulations and Other Indicators to Help Organizations Build Defensible Data Protection and Compliance Programs - June, 2008.
  • Data Security Breaches: Defining Measures Appropriate Under the Circumstances - December, 2007.
  • E-Discovery and Computer Forensics: Effectively Preserving Evidence - December, 2006.
  • E-Discovery and Computer Forensics: Strategies for Success - November, 2006.
  • Security Before and After a Data Breach - November/December, 2006.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley & Internal Controls: The Not So Hidden Implications for Information Technology and Information Security - September, 2006.
  • Internet Strategies for Legal Professionals - August, 2006.
  • Privacy and Compliance - A Coming Out Year - July, 2006.

      Professional and Community Involvement

      • American Bar Association
      • Federal Bar Association
      • Ohio State Bar Association
      • International Association of Privacy Professionals - CIPP 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 a Southern California 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 Peas 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