Peter Guffin joined the University of Maine School of Law in the summer 2016 as a Visiting Professor of Practice. He previously served as an adjunct professor teaching Information Privacy Law.

At Pierce Atwood LLP, Guffin is a partner and heads the firm’s Privacy & Data Security practice. The primary focus of his practice is in the areas of information privacy, cybersecurity, and data breach law, including incident response, risk mitigation, breach notification, communications with regulators and litigation strategies, where he draws on his extensive experience in the areas of intellectual property and information technology.

Before joining Pierce Atwood in February 2000, Guffin served as Intellectual Property and Technology Counsel in the Legal Division of Unum Group (NYSE: UNM), a Fortune 500 company and the world’s leading disability insurer. Early in his career, he practiced law with the Wall Street firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York.

Guffin has published articles and been a frequent invited speaker on a multitude of information privacy and cybersecurity topics. He authored a chapter entitled “The Electronic Communications Privacy Act” in Data Security and Privacy in Massachusetts, an award-winning book published by MCLE Press (2015). He is a member of the Judicial Branch Task Force on Transparency and Privacy in Court Records, and serves as co-chair of the Northern New England KnowledgeNet at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Guffin is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania Law School and Rutgers College. He has been listed since 2014 in the Best Lawyers in America for Copyright Law, Trademark Law, and Litigation-Intellectual Property.  In 2015, he was selected by the Best Lawyers in America as “Lawyer of the Year” in Portland, Maine for Trademark Law.

Selected Publications:

Why Study Privacy Law?, 33 ME. B. J. 35 (2018). [PDF]

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act, in DATA SECURITY AND PRIVACY IN MASSACHUSETTS (2018).

PLC Intellectual Property and Technology, State Q&A, Right of Publicity Laws: Maine (2017) (with Kyle J. Glover).

Foreword, 66 ME. L. REV. 369 (2014) (Symposium Issue, Who’s Governing Privacy? Regulation and Protection in a Digital Era) (with Kyle J. Glover & Sara M. Benjamin). [PDF]

Founder and author of the blog, Privacy Law Perspectives