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 technology and outsourcing clients grow and succeed.
Ms. Klein’s practice includes assisting domestic and international clients in:
Ms. Klein is a frequent lecturer on topics of privacy, security, commercial and intellectual property topics. Some of her recent presentations and articles include:
- providing breach response and breach coaching to assist in mitigating cyber-risk
- advising companies on data governance and privacy regulations in acquisitions and product launches
- advising on privacy, security, data management and online advertising issues, including HIPAA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, CAN-SPAM, EU and global data protection, Bring Your Own Device, cloud computing and spyware
- structuring outsourcing transactions (some exceeding $1 billion) to transfer all mainframe, server, desktop, LAN-WAN equipment, application development and all IT personnel supporting such technology to major outsourcing vendors (including offshore), developing service levels to facilitate optimum performance and providing privacy and security advice relating to offshore processes
- structuring a variety of e-commerce arrangements, including Web development and hosting agreements, electronic market places, lead generation and EDI including regulatory advice in privacy, security, CAN-SPAM and state, federal and international legislation
- advising a large manufacturer of consumer electronics developing and commercializing technology innovations, with a vendor of remote access technology to allow home monitoring for health care and other purposes. Such advice included structuring strategic alliances and licenses protecting intellectual property and resolving issues involving complex ownership and licensing rights, negotiating agreements for the licensing, maintenance, support and acquisition of computer hardware, software, databases, telecommunications and networking.
- structuring strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures
- drafting complex commercial transactions for a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics involving product launch and product life cycle, including (i) combining licensed works into a solution and defining the parties’ respective ownership rights; (ii) structuring OEM and ODM manufacturing agreements to build the product; (iii) drafting end-user customer licenses; (iv) developing supply agreements for product resale; (v) structuring channel distribution agreements
- providing advice on telecommunications deals, including managed services, dark fiber and lighted fiber agreements, PBX acquisitions, wireless and broadband access.
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.
- “Implications of FDA Regulation of Medical Devices: When Is an iPad More Than an iPad?,” Association of American Medical Colleges webinar
- “Mitigating D&O Liability Exposure for Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Breaches,” Strafford Publications, Inc. webinar
- “Bitter C-Suite: Privacy, Security and Data Protection Issues Facing Corporations, Directors and Officers,” Pepper Hamilton LLP webinar
- “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
- “Conquering Spamalot: Canada’s New Anti-Spam Legislation,” Pepper Hamilton LLP Client Alert, October 23, 2014
- “California Data Breaches Require Identity Protection Services (and More),” Pepper Hamilton LLP Client Alert, October 8, 2014
- “Delaware Laws on Proper Destruction of Personal Identifying Information Take Effect in January,” Pepper Hamilton LLP Client Alert, October 3, 2014
- “Telemedicine and Mobile Health Innovations Amid Increasing Regulatory Oversight,” Thomson Reuters, July 8, 2014
- “2014 Verizon Report Offers Advice for Combatting Nine Common Threats to Cybersecurity,” Pepper Hamilton LLP Client Alert, May 13, 2014
- “Ignoring XP End of Life May Make Your Company an Attractive Target,” Pepper Hamilton LLP Client Alert, May 13, 2014
- “Cybersecurity: Could It Be Your Next Fiduciary Duty?,” Middle Market Growth, May 2014
- “SEC Issues Cybersecurity Initiative Risk Alert,” Pepper Hamilton LLP Client Alert, April 28, 2014
- “New Jersey Federal Court Upholds the FTC’s Authority to Regulate Data Security,” Pepper Hamilton LLP Client Alert, April 9, 2014
- “California Replaces its Limited Liability Company Act,” Pepper Hamilton LLP Client Alert, February 28, 2014
- “The FDA Gets Social: Interpreting Its Draft Social Media Guidance,” Pepper Hamilton LLP Client Alert, January 27, 2014.
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 on the editorial board of the Privacy and Security Law Journal and an active member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Recently, Ms. Klein was elected co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Privacy, Security and Access to and Protection of Data, which operates under the auspices of the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law.
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
1978-80 Law Clerk to Honorable J. William Ditter, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Admitted in California and Pennsylvania