James (Jimmy) is a member of the Constangy Cyber Team and is based in Rochester, New York. He manages responses to data security incidents for clients in various industries with diverse sizes and complexities. He brings over seven years of experience helping clients navigate cybersecurity and data privacy matters, including ransomware, complex business email platform compromises, and fraudulent wire transfers. Prior to joining the Constangy Cyber Team, Jimmy worked as a senior partner at a boutique incident response firm and as a partner at an AmLaw 200 firm, where he led the incident response team. In managing responses to data security incidents, he advises clients on consumer and regulatory notification obligations and provides guidance in their crisis communications. 

Jimmy earned his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School, a Master of Arts in Political Philosophy from the University of York in England, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy magna cum laude from the University of Rochester. He also holds the CIPP/US credential. Throughout his legal career, Jimmy has been recognized by local and national organizations for his contributions. He was named a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers for seven straight years, won the “Outstanding Young Lawyer Award” from the New York State Bar Association, and was named a member of the “40 Under 40” by the Rochester Business Journal.

He is an active member in his local legal community, particularly with advancing technology and diversity in the legal profession. He serves on the New York State Supreme Court Civil Electronic Filing Advisory Committee, the Technology Working Group of the Commission to Reimagine the Future of New York’s Courts, and the Advisory Group to the New York State-Federal Judicial Council. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches a course in Cybersecurity Policy and Law.

Honors & Recognitions

  • New York-Metro Super Lawyers® E-Discovery (2022)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Litigation: Insurance (2022) 
  • "Outstanding Young Lawyer" by the New York State Bar Association (2013)
  • Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 (2014)
  • Upstate New York Rising Star honoree (2013-2014)

Professional & Civic Associations


  • Rochester Rainbow Union, Board of Directors (2022-present)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys


  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) for United States law (US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “Interested in Starting a Solo or Small Practice Firm?,” Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, May 15, 2023
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Cybersecurity in Construction,” Virtual, February 18, 2021
  • “Hot Topics in Media and Cyber Law Impacting Underwriters Evaluating Risks,” Overland Park, KS, July 20, 2018
  • “Cyber Attacks Beyond Privacy Harm,” Timely Notice, Podcast, July 17, 2018
  • “Protecting Your Connected World: Where IT and the Law Intersect,” Lawline, Virtual, August 16, 2016
  • “Education Rights of Students with Disabilities,” Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, December 3, 2014


  • “The NFL Twitter Hack Shows We Need to Move Past Password Protection,” Legaltech News, February 13, 2020
  • “5 Ways Law Firm Communications Have Become More Complicated,” Legaltech News, October 9, 2019 (Quoted)
  • “Goodbye Email, Hello Brave New World,” Legaltech News, October 3, 2019 (Quoted)
  • “Voters Say ‘No’ to Constitutional Convention,” Wayne Post, November 2017 (Quoted)
  • “Nothing to LOL About: E-Discovery of Texts on the Rise,” Corporate Counsel, June 30, 2017
  • “Anatomy of a Data Breach,” DRI’s For the Defense, March 2015
  • “Pro Bono Spotlight: Younger Attorneys Embrace Campaign for Justice Challenge,” The Daily Record, January 15, 2015 (Quoted)
  • “NY Expanding Computerized Court Records,” Associated Press, April 17, 2014 (Quoted)
  • “Where’s E-Filing, Monroe County?,” Monroe County Bar Association’s The Docket, Summer 2012
  • “Report on the Status of E-Filing in New York State Courts,” New York State Bar Association, March 2012
  • “Harmonizing the Pre-Litigation Obligation to Preserve Electronically Stored Information in New York State and Federal Courts,” New York State-Federal Judicial Council Advisory Committee, October 2010


University of Notre Dame Law School

  • J.D., magna cum laude, 2007
  • Receipent of the "Edward F. Barrett Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy"
  • Receipent of the "Medal for Excellence in Trial Advocacy"

University of York (England)

  • M.A., Political Philosophy (Toleration), 2005

University of Rochester

  • B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, magna cum laude, 2003

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
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