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Sharon R. Klein

Sharon R. Klein is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Ms. Klein is the partner in charge of the firm’s Orange County office and chair of the Privacy, Security and Data Protection practice. She handles a variety of corporate and intellectual property matters, in particular, helping information technology and telemedicine clients grow and succeed.

Ms. Klein’s practice includes assisting domestic and international clients in:

  • providing advice to financial institutions regarding consumer protection and data security and privacy issues
  • providing advice to an emerging company regarding online gambling
  • data breaches at financial institutions, including a detailed multi-state analysis of whether a technical breach occurred
  • providing privacy policies and standard operating procedures
  • providing advice to financial services companies regarding outsourcing of business processes and IT infrastructure agreements and related service levels
  • commercializing technology innovations
  • structuring strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures
  • structuring e-commerce arrangements, including Web development and hosting agreements
  • negotiating agreements for the licensing, maintenance and support, and acquisition of computer hardware, software, databases, telecommunications and networking
  • completing outsourcing transactions for global desktop management, information systems departments and business processes, including service level agreements (SLAs)
  • handling corporate restructuring, confidentiality, information services and intellectual property matters
  • managing privacy and security issues, including HIPAA, CAN SPAM and EU Data Protection.
Ms. Klein is a frequent lecturer on topics of privacy, security, commercial and intellectual property topics. Some of her recent presentations and articles include:
  • “Privacy and Data Security for Life Sciences and Health Care Companies,” Pepper Hamilton LLP Health Care-Life Sciences webinar
  • “BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)… *Liability and Data Breach Sold Separately,” Pepper Hamilton LLP webinar
  • “Are You Ready for an OCR Audit?,” Electronic Healthcare Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) webinar
  • “Cross-Border Data Privacy and Security Best Practices,” Pepper Hamilton LLP Indian webinar series
  • “Health Care Privacy and Security After HITECH Part II: Proposed Changes to HIPAA Administrative Simplification Rules” Health Care Legal Issues for 2010 and Beyond, Pepper Hamilton LLP webinar series
  • “Health Care Privacy and Security After HITECH” Health Care Legal Issues for 2010 and Beyond, Pepper Hamilton LLP webinar series
  • “Final Breach Notifications Provisions of the HITECH Act – The Compliance Countdown Begins!” Pepper Hamilton LLP webinar
  • “HITECH Act & New Breach Notification Requirements” webcast presented by Iatric Systems, Inc.
  • “HITECH Act: Health Information Technology, Privacy and Security and Employee Benefits” American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Implications and Next Steps webinar series
  • “The Practical Aspects of E-Discovery” Pepper Hamilton LLP webinar
  • “The FDA Gets Social: Interpreting Its Draft Social Media Guidance” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Client Alert, January 27, 2014
  • “Medical Identity Theft: New Recommendations by the California Attorney General to Health Care Organizations for Keeping Medical Records Healthy and Thriving” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Client Alert, November 21, 2013
  • “California Privacy Initiatives To Go into Effect January 1, 2014 – Are You Ready?” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Client Alert, November 19, 2013
  • “Ethical Issues that Arise from Social Media Use in Courtooms” (co-author), New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, October 2013
  • “FTC Recommends Framework for Mobile Privacy” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Client Alert, February 25, 2013
  • “Class Actions Adding to the Cost of Data Breaches” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Client Alert, October 24, 2012.
In addition to practicing with private law firms, Ms. Klein was a member of the executive management team at Shared Medical Systems Corporation, which is now Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services Corporation.

Ms. Klein is a commissioner of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange health care data.

Ms. Klein is an active member of HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) and writes and speaks frequently on issues such as licensing, privacy security, confidentiality, telemedicine, outcomes/disease management and managed care. She is a board member of the Privacy and Security Law Journal.



Education
B.A. 1975, summa cum laude, Syracuse University; Phi Beta Kappa
J.D. 1978, Temple University School of Law; executive editor, Temple Law Review; member, Moot Court

Clerkships
1978-80 Law Clerk to Honorable J. William Ditter, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Bar Admissions
Admitted in California and Pennsylvania

Sharon R. Klein
Partner
Phone: 949.567.3506
215.981.4172
213.928.9800
Fax: 949.863.0151
215.981.4750
213.928.9850
kleins@pepperlaw.com
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Office(s)
Orange County Philadelphia
Los Angeles

Practice Area(s)
Canadian
Corporate and Securities

Discovery Services
Health Care M&A, Financings and Joint Ventures

Health Care Services
Health Care Transactions Practice

Health Care White Collar Defense and Consultative Regulatory Investigation Services
HIPAA

Intellectual Property
International

Life Sciences
Media, Communications and Entertainment

Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Practice Team
Pharmacy Industry

Privacy, Security and Data Protection
Technology and IP Transactions

U.S.-India


Articles


Ninth Circuit Affirms District Court’s Refusal to Enforce Arbitration Clause in Barnes & Noble’s Browsewrap Agreement—Conspicuous Hyperlinks to Terms of Use, ‘Without More,’ Is Insufficient

Telemedicine and Mobile Health Innovations Amid Increasing Regulatory Oversight


Developing a Meaningful Privacy Policy

2014 Verizon Report Offers Advice for Combatting Nine Common Threats to Cybersecurity


Ignoring XP End of Life May Make Your Company an Attractive Target

Cybersecurity: Could It Be Your Next Fiduciary Duty?


SEC Issues Cybersecurity Initiative Risk Alert

New Jersey Federal Court Upholds the FTC’s Authority to Regulate Data Security


When Is an iPad More than an iPad? When It Is an FDA Regulated Medical Device

California Replaces its Limited Liability Company Act


The FDA Gets Social: Interpreting Its Draft Social Media Guidance

Medical Identity Theft: New Recommendations by the California Attorney General to Health Care Organizations for Keeping Medical Records Healthy and Thriving


California Privacy Initiatives Go into Effect January 1, 2014 - Are You Ready?

Ethical Issues that Arise from Social Media Use in Courtrooms


Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Data Breach

Liability Lessons from Lazette Case for Employers with BYOD Policies


California Attorney General’s Report Reveals Millions Affected by Data Breaches in 2012

Unhack My Heart: FDA Issues Guidance to Mitigate Cybersecurity Threats in Medical Devices


NIST Proposes Privacy Control Roadmap for Organizations

U.S. Responding to Cyber-Espionage: White House Acknowledges Increasing Threat


FTC Recommends Framework for Mobile Privacy

Executive Order Begins Process of Strengthening Nation’s Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure


The Omnibus Final HIPAA Rule Is Here

CA Attorney General’s Report Highlights Best Practices for Mobile App Developers


FTC Strengthens Laws to Protect Children’s Privacy

FTC Survey: Disclosure of Use of Private Information in Mobile Apps for Children Is Insufficient


De-Identifying Protected Health Information: OCR Issues Long-Awaited Guidance

Class Actions Adding to the Cost of Data Breaches


FTC Releases Final Report on Consumer Privacy Best Practices

Massachusetts District Court Holds ZIP Codes Are Protected Personal Identification Information


Cloud Services Contracts: Cloud Computing's Dark Lining

Health Care Covered Entities, Suppliers and Vendors Need to Review Proposed Changes to HIPAA Administrative Simplification Rules


HHS and FTC Dive Deeper Into the Breach: Update on Breach Notification Under the HITECH Act

HHS and FTC Dive Into the Breach: Update on Breach Notification Under The HITECH Act


The Stimulus Package: Creating a Nationwide Health Information Technology Infrastructure while Protecting Patient Privacy and Security

FTC Issues New CAN-SPAM Act Rules


What's Your Company's Biggest Potential Security Threat? Your Employees

Information Management Plan Essential to Handling E-Discovery Issues


A New Paradigm for Medical Technology Procurement

Decoding the Maintenance and Support Agreement


Pennsylvania Law Requiring Notification of Security Breaches Takes Effect

HHS Moves Forward With E-Prescribing Standards


Pennsylvania Law Requiring Notification of Security Breaches Takes Effect Today

Virtual House Calls: Legal Challenges to Remote Caregiving


Protection of Intellectual Property: Safeguarding Your Ideas

Keys to Health Care Outsourcing Success


What's a 'Commercial' E-Mail Under CAN-SPAM?

California Privacy and Security Legislation Affects Entire Nation


Clock Is Ticking for HIPAA Privacy Rule Compliance: Are You Ready?

Want to Enforce Your Web Site Terms of Use? Think Pop-Up


Cutting Through the Chaos: HHS Issues Standards for E-Health Transactions

Click 'Yes' to Accept: E-Sign Act Becomes Law


Articles


The Practical Aspects of E-Discovery

HITECH Act & New Breach Notification Requirements Webcast


Final Breach Notification Provisions of the HITECH Act - The Compliance Countdown Begins!

Understanding the Role of Management Service Organizations (MSOs) in Achieving Meaningful Use and Mitigating Risk of PHI Disclosures


Are You Ready for an OCR Audit?

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)... *Liability and Data Breach Sold Separately


Bitter C-Suite: Privacy, Security and Data Protection Issues Facing Corporations, Directors and Officers

Mitigating D&O Liability Exposure for Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Breaches


Implications of FDA Regulation of Medical Devices: When Is an iPad More Than an iPad?

HITECH Act: Health Information Technology, Privacy and Security and Employee Benefits


Health Care Privacy and Security After HITECH

Health Care Privacy and Security After HITECH: Proposed Changes to HIPAA Administrative Simplification Rules


Cross-Border Data Privacy and Security Best Practices

Privacy and Data Security for Life Sciences and Health Care Companies


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