Recognized in 2018, 2019, and 2020 as one of the Top 30 data breach attorneys in the United States by Cybersecurity Docket, Jennifer A. Beckage is one of a handful of people to earn the recognition twice and the only Upstate New York attorney to ever receive this honor. Jennifer counsels clients in the areas of breach response and mitigation, data security, information technology and privacy law, and business growth. She has responded to numerous headline-making, national and international data breaches and cyber incidents, providing crucial notification strategy and actionable risk mitigation advice. Jennifer assists clients in resolving domain name disputes and theft to help preserve brand recognition and protect business reputation. She also works proactively with businesses to provide practical counsel under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from website remediation recommendations to litigation strategy and defense and settlement compliance. Jennifer interfaces with state, federal and international regulators to limit legal vulnerabilities arising from data breach and cyber incidents and defends clients in class action litigation and regulatory enforcement actions arising therefrom. Jennifer works closely with the firms Artificial Intelligence team, advising clients on AI principles and regulatory considerations, drafting company-wide AI policies and negotiating contracts across a variety of sectors.
Jennifer also develops data protection and crisis response plans and IT policies for her clients, including counseling clients on compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Frequently called upon by clients to conduct in-house training, tabletop exercises and compliance audits, Jennifer works closely with company executives to promote client preparation and effective response in the event of future incidents.
Jennifer is a regular contributor on topics of data security and privacy, information governance, and cyber security, and speaks at major industry and association events on these and other topics.
Jennifer is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional, United States (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Professional, Europe (CIPP/E) as certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Prior to founding Beckage in 2018, Jennifer was a partner and created the data security and privacy team for a Buffalo-based law firm with nearly 200 attorneys and offices in eight cities. Before becoming an attorney, Jennifer was an owner and executive of a technology business, helping to lead its successful sale to a publicly traded company, which retained her as vice president of operations for technical services and product lines across 11 states servicing Fortune 500 clients. Jennifer leverages her extensive business background to counsel clients on all aspects of business growth from product development, contracts, transactions, audits and investigations, and other matters.
New York State Bar Association
New York Criminal & Civil Courts Bar Association
Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, WNY Chapter
Bar Association of Erie County (former elected Bar Director)
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Alumni Chapter
International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), Member
Board Director, Launch New York
Advisory Board Member, Buffalo Institute for Genomics & Data Analytics
National Advisory Board Member, UB School of Law Advocacy Institute
InfoTech WNY, Member
Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Member
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Member
Wish Granter and Volunteer, Make-A-Wish Foundation
New York State
United States District Court, EDNY
United States District Court, WDNY
United States District Court, NDNY
United States District Court, SDNY
Foreign Legal Consultant, Law Society of Upper Canada
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., 1999