Peter J. Guffin

Professor of Practice
Director, Information Privacy Law Program

Peter Guffin joined the University of Maine School of Law in the summer 2016. 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 numerous articles and has 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 was a member of the Maine Judicial Branch Task Force on Transparency and Privacy in Court Records, and he received the Maine Judicial Branch’s 2018 “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” award in recognition of his efforts while serving on the Task Force during which he “generously contributed his expertise, scholarship, and insights.”

Guffin has been listed since 2014 in the Best Lawyers in America for Copyright Law, Trademark Law, and Litigation-Intellectual Property. In 2017, he was selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce and EU Commission to serve as an arbitrator for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield arbitration program. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/EU, CIPP/US), International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Selected Publications

Digital Court Records Access, Social Justice, and Judicial Balancing: What Judge Coffin Can Teach Us, 72 ME. L. REV. 87 (2020) [PDF]

Founder and author of the blog, Privacy Law Perspectives

Maine’s New Internet Privacy Law in Brief, Maine Lawyers Review, July 11, 2019 (with Kyle M. Noonon).

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

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

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]