Given the explosion of privacy and cybersecurity issues over the past few years, we wanted to offer a blog dedicated to the subject. With a new cybersecurity threat at every turn, ever increasing legal obligations and rapidly evolving case law, we hope that visitors find our frequent assessment of the legal landscape and practical tips for risk management helpful.

In this ever-changing field, it is critical to keep up to date on both legal and business developments.  Our interdisciplinary team of privacy and cybersecurity corporate lawyers and litigators provides both deep subject matter expertise and broad-based experience addressing client concerns specific to a variety of industries and in the context of business operations, transactions or litigation.



Dena M. Castricone

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Dena M. Castricone, CIPP/US is the chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity group and a member of the Long Term Care and Health Care groups.  She also serves as Chair of the firm’s Women Expanding Business initiative and co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.  Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Dena served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, Frank J. Williams.

As the Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity group and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), Dena provides the full complement of data breach coaching services to business and health care clients including breach notification to individuals and various government entities.  Related to data breaches, she also counsels clients on the creation of information security, incident response plans and other proactive measures.  Additionally, Dena advises clients on compliance with state, federal and international privacy laws including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as many others. Dena has written extensively on privacy and cybersecurity issues and she is the Co-Editor of Privacy and Cybersecurity Perspectives.

In her health care practice, Dena helps long term care providers, physician groups, federally qualified health centers, senior living communities and hospitals thrive in a challenging and ever-changing regulatory environment, providing strategic advice informed by a thorough understanding of each client’s individual business objectives.

Dena handles a broad range of regulatory compliance issues for health care providers, including responses to government inspections, professional licensure actions, Medicare appeals, patient discrimination claims, probate court matters relating to decision making and Fair Housing issues, as well as risk management and day-to-day operational issues.  With an extensive background in HIPAA, she also assists health care providers with HIPAA privacy and security compliance, policy development and implementation, training and service as a privacy officer.

A seasoned litigator as well, Dena brings to her work the perspective of a skilled advocate, and a keen understanding of the strategic challenges her clients may face in a litigation and pre-litigation context.

In 2015, Dena was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Office of State Ethics’ Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board, of which she currently serves as the Chair. Dena received the 2016 Alumni Public Interest Champion of Justice Award from the Roger Williams University School of Law.  She was also named a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation in 2016.  In addition to other awards and recognition, in 2011, Connecticut Magazine named Dena one of Connecticut’s 40 Under 40 and the National LGBT Bar Association recognized her as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers under 40.

Dena currently serves on the steering committee of the Health Care Council of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the executive committee of the LGBT section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  She is also the immediate past president of The CABO Foundation and was the founder of the state’s LGBT chamber of commerce.

Dena is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.