John F. Christiansen

Preston Gates Ellis LLP

John Christiansen joined Preston Gates in November 2001. John is the Chair of the Technology Security Team, which brings together attorneys skilled in security-related legal compliance and risk management to assist financial services and health care organizations, technology products and services developers and vendors, governmental agencies and other enterprises in developing, implementing and managing security solutions suited to their particular needs. His practice emphasizes information management and electronic commerce, including information system acquisition and management, protected information sharing and management policies and procedures, security and privacy compliance, strategic partnering, contract and policy development, and identification and authentication solutions.

John is a frequent author and speaker. His recent publications include Electronic Health Information Privacy and Security Compliance under HIPAA, published by the American Health Lawyers Association, and the contribution of chapters to Public Health Informatics and Information Systems and the American Bar Association PKI Assessment Guidelines. Some of John's recent presentations include "Legal Duties and Liabilities for Information Protection," "How Far Can the Government Go to Enforce Changes in Privacy and Security Practices in the Private Sector?" and "Analysis and Discussion of Legal Risks and Liabilities Arising from Cybercrime."

He is an active member of a number of professional and civic organizations, including the American Bar Association Information Security Committee and American Health Lawyers Health Information Technology Committee. John serves as Chair of two annual conferences, Signing on the Digital Line and Computer Security and Cybercrime, and is a founder and Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the Pacific West HIPAA Congress. John has also been appointed a Clinical Assistant Professor teaching law and ethics at the Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine, Division of Medical Informatics.

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