Maine Law alumnus Dan Mitchell named Cybersecurity Trailblazer

Attorney Dan Mitchell '96Dan Mitchell, shareholder and co-chair of the Data Security Team at Bernstein Shur, was recently named to the National Law Journal’s second annual list of Cyber Security Trailblazers for his groundbreaking work in cybersecurity law. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law in 1996.

The National Law Journal’s Cyber Security Trailblazers recognizes attorneys from across the country who have moved the needle with innovative legal strategies through contributions to the practice of data security and privacy law. Their work has shaped the laws that guard society against digital criminals while keeping pace with this ever-evolving threat.

Mitchell began practicing cybersecurity law before data breaches and information hacks were commonplace. He represented Patco Construction in its appeal before the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Patco Construction Co., Inc. v. People’s United Bank, 684 F.3d 197 (1st Cir. 2012), a bellwether decision on how courts evaluate the commercial reasonableness of internet banking security procedures. He has been featured in numerous publications as a data security law expert, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Krebs on Security and Wired.

Since the development of Bernstein Shur’s Data Security Team in 2012, Mitchell has played a central role in raising the team’s national visibility, with fellow members of the team tapped to speak at the American Bankers Association Risk Management Conference, Maine Bankers Expo and more. Mitchell has been recognized by Chambers USA for commercial litigation and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2014, he was named to Bank Info Security’s list of Top Ten Influencers.