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 and constantly growing legal obligations and evolving case law, we hope that visitors find our frequent assessment of the legal landscape and practical tips for risk management helpful and worth returning to our blog on a regular basis.

In this ever-changing field, keeping up to date on developments not only in the law but in the business environment is critically important.  Our interdisciplinary team of lawyers who are part of our Privacy and Cybersecurity Group provide a broad base of experience on privacy and cybersecurity matters in many areas including health care, finance, insurance coverage, securities, trusts and estates and litigation.



Dena M. Castricone

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Dena M. Castricone is the Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group.  She is also a member of the Long Term Care and Health Care practice groups and the 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.

Dena’s long term care and health care clients compete in a constantly evolving industry, facing both rising administrative and regulatory burdens and shrinking reimbursement rates. She helps skilled nursing centers, physician groups, home health and hospice agencies, community health centers, senior living communities and hospitals thrive in this challenging 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 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.

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.  She also counsels clients on cyber security risks, the creation of information security plans and the development and implementation of policies and procedures.

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 is the Vice 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 American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association, where she serves on the House of Delegates.