HB Announces Program Leaders for Inaugural Data Breach Litigation Event

PHILADELPHIA — Aug. 10, 2015 — Four highly experienced data-breach law and evidence professionals have been selected to lead HB Litigation Conferences’ first program that will focus solely on the underlying litigation over alleged harm resulting from data breaches and release of private information, HB’s Tom Hagy announced today.  The Data Breach & Privacy Litigation Conference is scheduled for Feb. 11, 2016, in San Francisco.

The two plaintiff co-chairs are:  ERIC H. GIBBS, partner at Gibbs Law Group and Girard Gibbs LLP; and THOMAS E. LOESER, partner, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.  The defense co-chair is DAVID A. ZETOONY, partner, Bryan Cave. Rounding out the chairing panel is ERIN NEALY COX, an executive managing director, Stroz Friedberg, a leading digital and financial forensics firm. Further details below. 

Media Contact: Tom Hagy, Tom.Hagy@LitigationConferences.com, (484) 324-2755 x207




ERIN NEALY COX is one of five executive managing directors that serve on Stroz Friedberg’s executive leadership committee.

Bio Highlights:

♦ Head of the firm’s global Incident Response practice, leading a vast team of first responders, threat intelligence analysts and malware specialists.

♦ Advises a full portfolio of corporate clients, providing consulting and technical expertise in the areas of cybercrime investigations, data breach response, digital forensics, and electronic discovery processing.

♦ Has commanded response to many high profile data breach matters involving Fortune 500 companies.

♦ Led an internal incident response team as independent forensic experts in the Heartland Payment Systems breach— still the largest disclosed payment card information (PCI) data breach.

♦ Serves as advisor to government offices and the judiciary, including work as a Special Master.

Former work:

♦ Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Texas for nearly ten years. Served as the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Coordinator for four years and was appointed to a nation-wide working group responsible for coordinating and prosecuting complex cyber-crime cases across the United States.

♦ During her tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Erin was deployed to Main Justice in Washington, D.C., to serve as senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legal Policy (OLP). In less than a year, she was appointed Chief of Staff.

♦ Prior to her work in government, Erin was a litigation associate at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal in Dallas and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York. She held judicial clerkships for The Honorable H. Barefoot Sanders, U.S. Senior District Judge for the Northern District of Texas and The Honorable Henry A. Politz, then Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


♦ B.A., University of Texas at Austin

♦ J.D., Southern Methodist School of Law.

♦ Erin received the SMU School of Law Merit Scholarship and served on the Law Review Association as Articles Editor.


Eric Gibbs - Girard GibbsERIC H. GIBBS is a partner at Gibbs Law Group and Girard Gibbs LLP.

Bio highlights:

♦ Represents plaintiffs in a broad range of cases, including employment, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, as well as consumer class actions.

♦ He has achieved significant recoveries on behalf of his clients, and has served as court-appointed lead counsel, class counsel and liaison counsel in numerous class and collective actions in state and federal courts, and in arbitration actions, throughout the United States.

♦ Experience prosecuting large-scale class and collective actions includes cases involving defective products, telecommunications, credit cards, unfair competition, false advertising, truth-in-lending, product liability, credit repair, employment misclassification and wage and hour under both state and federal law.

♦ Recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 guide for Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions.

♦ Honored as a Northern California Super Lawyer (2010-2015) (Top 100 in Northern California).

♦ Serves on the Board of Governors of Consumer Attorneys of California. He is a Co-Chair of AAJ’s Consumer Privacy and Data Breach Litigation Group and Lumber Liquidators Litigation Group, as well as Secretary for the Qui Tam Litigation Group. He is a former co-chair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group and former editor of the Class Action Litigation Group’s Quarterly Newsletter.


♦ J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 1995

♦ B.A., San Francisco State University, 1992

TOM loeser_t FINALTHOMAS E. LOESER, Partner, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.

Bio highlights:

♦ Focuses practice on class actions, False Claims Act and other whistleblower cases, consumer protection and data breach/identity-theft/privacy cases.

♦ Successfully litigated class-action lawsuits against mortgage lenders, appraisal management companies, national banks, home builders, hospitals, medical imaging companies, title insurers, technology companies and data processors.

♦ Currently prosecuting consumer protection class-action cases against several banks, lenders, loan servicing companies, technology companies, national retailers, payment processors and handling False Claims Act whistleblower suits now under seal.

♦ Obtained judgments in cases that have returned tens of millions of dollars to hundreds of thousands of consumers and more than $100 million to the government.

Former work: 

♦ Federal prosecutor in Los Angeles. Tom was a member of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section.

♦ Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice.

♦ Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.


♦ Duke University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor Law and Contemporary Problems, 1999

♦ University of Washington, M.B.A., cum laude, Beta Gamma Sigma, 1994

♦ Middlebury College, B.A., Physics with Minor in Italian, 1988


ZetoonyDAVID A. ZETOONY, partner, Bryan Cave.

David Zetoony is leader of the firm’s global data privacy and security practice.  He has extensive experience advising clients on how to comply with state and federal privacy, security and advertising laws, representing clients before the Federal Trade Commission, and defending national class actions.

Bio Highlights:

♦ Assisted hundreds of companies in responding to data security incidents and breaches.

♦ Represented Ceridian, one of the largest human resource outsourcing companies before the FTC following data security breach.

♦ Defended international financial company in data security breach investigation initiated by FTC.

♦ Conducted detailed assessments of data security breach preparations of numerous companies including national franchise with 2000+ locations, and top 5 department store chain.

♦ Represented leading consumer tracking technology company before the FTC in connection with privacy investigation.

♦ Represented facial recognition technology provider before the FTC in connection with privacy investigation.

♦ Routinely advise and counsel retailers, including leading national department stores, concerning data privacy related issues.


♦ University of Virginia, J.D., 2003

♦ Rice University, B.A., cum laude, 2000