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Daniel C. Nelson, C|EH, CIPP/US
Partner and Co-Leader, Privacy and Data Security Practice Area

Dan Nelson is a rare breed: He’s both a commercial litigator and a privacy and data security lawyer. And what makes him even more unique is Dan is among the few U.S. attorneys to hold the title of Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH). That means he has been trained to break into computers, but for the right reasons.

Privacy & Data Security
Dan’s combined interest in technology and the desire to help clients protect their privacy and sensitive data motivated him to take the unusual step of becoming what’s known as a “white hat” hacker. Through this arduous training, Dan learned how to break into protected systems and networks to test and assess their security. Because of this, Dan offers clients a perspective that few lawyers possess.

In addition to his ethical hacking credential, Dan is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). This credential means that Dan knows privacy laws and regulations and how to apply them.

Dan’s special training and experience enhances his ability to help clients protect against and prepare for data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents. He assists clients in the creation, implementation and enforcement of privacy and security policies and data breach plans. This guidance includes counseling on appropriate cybersecurity insurance coverage and risk assessment engagements. He also assists businesses with understanding their duties to retain and protect sensitive information, including privacy and document retention requirements.

In the event of a cyberattack, Dan serves as a data breach/cyber incident coach. He advises on the immediate steps needed to contain, investigate and remediate the incident. Dan’s knowledge of both the technical details of likely breaches and the attendant legal and business impacts enables him to provide clients the information needed from both a technical and legal standpoint.

Business Litigation
Dan represents plaintiffs and defendants in commercial cases and has tried some 40 cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. These matters include real estate, trade secrets, securities, corporate governance and legal malpractice. In recognition of his achievements, The Best Lawyers in America® named Dan “St. Louis Lawyer of the Year” for real estate litigation, as well as listed for commercial litigation.