James J. Ward

Area of Focus: Litigation

Jay focuses his practice on commercial litigation, including products liability, securities fraud and intellectual property litigation, and has tried cases in both federal and state courts and through appeal. Jay has experience handling a range of work, from the representation of start-up businesses on intellectual property rights issues to high-stakes partnership disputes for Fortune 500 companies.

Jay has become involved in the burgeoning field of Data Security and Information Management, where he has authored several articles for national legal publications and frequently lectures on the topics. He is routinely quoted in publications around the country, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the International Business Times, the Miami Herald, and others. Jay advises clients on the best way to protect their sensitive information and their customers’ personal data.

Q & A
How has your interest in data security influenced your practice?
The data security and privacy field is still a nascent part of legal practice. The way I think of it is less about security and more about information management. I am interested in how to maximize and protect the client's control of its information. So when we say “data,” we can’t just be talking about confidential business information; it encompasses business methods, trade secrets, brand, employment agreements, customer information, and more. My perspective as an attorney is to ask, "How can I help my client be prepared to face the threats of the information age, and to implement creative, value-adding information management policies?"
How do you immerse yourself in a case?
Whenever I am engaged in a new matter, I read every document I can get my hands on: pleadings, contracts, agreements, emails, and even follow up with secondary sources.  And then I really get to work, learning the ins and outs of the client’s industry, their competitors, their regulators.  I need to wrap my hands around the nuances of a client’s business, because if I don't understand what they are doing, I won't be able to make it clear to the court what they are doing.  
  • University of Notre Dame, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009
    Northwestern University, B.A., with honors, 2006
  • Dade County Bar Association
    Business Law Committee, 2016 - 2017
    Law and Technology Committee, 2016 - 2017
  • Florida
    New Jersey
    New York
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