Matthew H. Meade is co-chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Protection Group where he provides advice regarding data security breaches, information and records management and other areas regarding privacy. He helps clients identify business risks associated with the use and storage of sensitive information. Matt regularly advises clients on security breach notification laws and other U.S. state and federal data security requirements (including laws regarding disposal of records). Matt drafts agreements addressing issues related to data use, privacy and security. He also has prepared document retention and management policies and developed associated training programs.
Prior to joining Buchanan, Matt was an associate with the New York office of an international law firm, where, in addition to privacy-related matters, he worked on white-collar internal investigations, federal litigation matters and federal criminal cases, including plea negotiations, participation in proffer sessions, bail proceedings, guilty pleas, pre-sentence reports and negotiations with the United States Attorney’s Office.
Matt has also worked as an associate at a small Pittsburgh law firm, where he handled commercial litigation matters, including investigating and defending sexual harassment claims; representing plaintiffs and defendants in the theft of trade secrets; analyzing and reviewing employment contracts; and providing advice regarding covenants not to compete, trade secret clauses and nondisclosure agreements. He also developed and implemented comprehensive Internet, intranet, computer and e-mail policies for private and nonprofit businesses.
He frequently speaks on the topic of data security. Matt has lectured at the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.