Jack Kincaid

John A. Kincaid

Mr. Kincaid has spent most of his 35-year professional career serving the needs of a diverse group of companies in regulated industries, most notably banking and financial services, government contracting, information technology, healthcare and biotech. He has advised and assisted these companies in areas of capitalization, turnaround & restructuring, recapitalization and M&A strategies. As a practicing attorney, Mr. Kincaid’s areas of concentration have been banking, loan workouts, turnarounds and M&A. He managed crisis turnaround teams in four successful bank turnarounds.

Mr. Kincaid has structured and implemented corporate reorganizations and designed and directed investment and M&A strategies for public and private healthcare and biotechnology companies as well as professional services and government contractors. He was a partner in the Hutchinson Group, founded by former Under-Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, where he advised corporate clients on M&A and financial transactions.

In the 1990’s Mr. Kincaid served dual roles for The Jefferson Group, a Washington DC based government relations and business consulting firm. For Jefferson, he served as General Counsel and CFO/COO, directed operations, M&A strategic growth initiatives and supported the needs of the core business units. As Managing Director of Jefferson Partners, LLC, an affiliate merchant bank and strategic business advisory firm, Mr. Kincaid directed the operations and business development for this firm that represented early and growth stage health care, biotechnology and information technology companies in need of financing, government relations and operational support. Jack directly guided many of the transactions as he structured the financing, developed strategic partnering and business development strategies, and served in interim C-level positions for portfolio companies.

Mr. Kincaid has been a mentor for the New York City Investment Fund Bio-Accelerate Program and the NYC Venture Fellows Program. He has served as an Adjunct faculty member and taught Leadership & Organizational Decision Making and Leadership & Ethics at the Masters level and is a former Marine Corps Officer.

Mr. Kincaid is scheduled to speak at the upcoming annual conference of the IAPP, as well as the NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum.


Ernest Koschineg

Ernest F. Koschineg

Mr. Koschineg is a partner and trial lawyer in the Philadelphia office of Cipriani & Werner. He is a Co-Chair of the Information Privacy and Data Security Team. In that role, Mr. Koschineg aids companies both before and after a data breach. He regularly helps clients develop and improve data privacy and incident response plans through privacy and security assessments. Based on his experience handling mass torts and class actions, Mr. Koschineg is uniquely positioned to handle and defend post-breach cybersecurity lawsuits, assist with incident response, resolve disputes and aid in the creation of strategic solutions to industry problems associated with cyber threats.

Since joining the firm, Mr. Koschineg serves as chair of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice Group. He has served as national coordinating and trial counsel in matters involving medical devices and pharmaceuticals. He has also been designated lead counsel in a number of class actions and multi-district litigations. The scope of his practice has involved both domestic and international corporations leading him to practice in over 50 jurisdictions in the United States and in Europe.


Carolyn M. Purwin-Ryan

Carolyn M. Purwin-Ryan

Mrs. Ryan is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Cipriani & Werner, P.C. and is a Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Data Protection Team. Mrs. Ryan works with clients to identify and develop data protection plans; conduct vulnerability evaluations, mitigation strategies and remediation. Mrs. Ryan has counseled clients in a variety of industries on data privacy practices; regulatory compliance; and risk assessment matters.

She also concentrates her practice in cybersecurity, mass torts and product liability litigation including pharmaceutical, bio-technology and medical devices. She serves as national counsel for domestic and international companies.


David Olive

David M. Olive

Mr. Olive is Managing Partner of Catalyst Partners in Washington, D.C., where his practice has a strong emphasis on Homeland Security and Department of Defense security related matters, including SAFETY Act designations and certifications. Mr. Olive clerked for U.S. District Judge Clarence W. Allgood after earning his juris doctor at the Cumberland School of Law. His bachelor’s degree is from Samford University. He has taught at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Montevallo, and Webster University-Fort Smith. Mr. Olive practiced law as a partner in the Birmingham, Alabama, firm of Mc. Millan & Spratling. There he had a general civil practice, specializing in news media, risk mitigation, employment law and insurance defense.

Before coming to Washington, Mr. Olive served as president of Care First Inc., a nursing home management company in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He also directed the legal division of the Donrey Media Group, a multi-state publishing, real estate and advertising firm. He served on the board and was president of the Fort Smith Rotary Club, the Fort Smith Boys Shelter and helped start Leadership Fort Smith.

David M. Olive has more than 30 years’ experience in business, politics, law and public affairs. He served as former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR3) and a former staffer for US Senator Jim Allen (D-AL).


Michael Abbott

Michael R. Abbott

Michael Abbott is an associate and trial lawyer in the Philadelphia office of Cipriani & Werner. He is a member of the Information Privacy and Data Security Team, wherein he advises clients on how to best position themselves to prevent or mitigate the damages associated with a data breach. In addition, based on his experience handling mass torts and class actions, Mr. Abbott is also positioned to handle and defend post-breach cybersecurity lawsuits, assist with incident response, resolve disputes and aid in the creation of strategic solutions to industry problems associated with cyber threats.

Since joining the firm, Mr. Abbott practices in the firm’s Life Sciences Practice Group. As such, Mr. Abbott has defended medical, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as healthcare institutions and contract research organizations involved in personal injury and financial loss claims. As part of his practice, Mr. Abbott has represented a variety of companies across the country, as well as in Europe. Additionally, Mr. Abbott’s practice areas also include insurance coverage, fidelity and surety law, construction defect and construction-related injuries, and products liability.

Mr. Abbott was named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers’ 2015 Rising Stars List.


Philip J. Sbrolla

Philip J. Sbrolla

Mr. Sbrolla is a partner whose practice is dedicated to complex litigation, including director and officer liability, civil RICO, employment, civil rights, catastrophic loss, class actions and product liability matters. He is a member of the Information Privacy and Data Security Team, advising clients on risk management insurance coverage matters and D&O concerns. One of the D&O cases resulted in three published opinions by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on an emerging theory of liability and a District Court’s ability to limit the length of the presentation of evidence during trial.

He has responded to numerous critical or catastrophic events to investigate and assemble information necessary to respond to government investigators, law enforcement, public relations specialists and ultimately prepare for any potential litigation that might arise from the event. As part of that response, he identifies potential litigation consultants in a wide array of specialties and assists in any necessary evidence preservation from the event, including any necessary litigation holds to preserve electronic information.


Holly M. Whalen

Holly M. Whalen

Holly M. Whalen is a partner and concentrates her practice in commercial litigation, professional liability, employment law, information privacy and data security, insurance defense and insurance coverage matters.

Ms. Whalen’s practice focuses on defending professionals, employers and businesses and advising clients on the preparation and implementation of corporate policies and procedures to identify and manage risk. She assists clients in responding to various types of incidents through coordination of experts, industry-specific consultants and insurance professionals as well as in preparation for litigation, administrative or regulatory proceedings from the event through resolution. Ms. Whalen is a member of the Federal Court Section and the Civil Litigation Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association, as well as the Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations.  She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court in the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

Named a Pennsylvania Rising Star from 2005 to 2012, Ms. Whalen was elevated to Pennsylvania Super Lawyer status in 2013, where she has been annually recognized in the area of civil litigation defense.  Considered among the best in their profession, Super Lawyers represent the top 5% of practicing attorneys in Pennsylvania.

Ms. Whalen received her law degree from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University in 1999.  Following law school and prior to entering private practice, she served as a Judicial Clerk for Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania Judge Dan Pellegrini.


Jason R. McLean

Jason R. McLean

Jason McLean is an associate in the Pittsburgh office of Cipriani & Werner, P.C. He concentrates his practice in cybersecurity and data protection, commercial litigation, insurance defense, and professional liability defense matters. As a member of the firm’s Information Privacy and Data Security team, Mr. McLean works with clients in a variety of industries to develop data protection plans, conduct risk assessments, ensure regulatory compliance, and develop mitigation strategies and remediation in the event of a data breach.

He is a 2009 graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, and began his practice by serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Justice Debra Todd of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  He then joined the law firm of Grogan Graffam, P.C. where he gained considerable experience in general insurance defense, professional liability defense and commercial litigation representing various corporate entities both large and small, public and private.  In 2016, Mr. McLean joined Cipriani & Werner PC where he continues his litigation practice.

Mr. McLean was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2016 and 2017 for Business Litigation.  Rising Stars represent the top 2.5% of the practicing attorneys in Pennsylvania, age 40 or younger or in practice for ten years or less.

Mr. McLean is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations.  He resides in Bethel Park with his wife, Lauren and three daughters, Clara, Liana and Nola.