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Lewis Brisbois Strengthens Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Capabilities in Chicago with New Partner from Insurance Industry

Chicago, Ill. (August 27, 2020) - Lewis Brisbois is pleased to announce the addition of Blair Dawson to its Chicago, Illinois office as a partner in its Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. Ms. Dawson brings to Lewis Brisbois two decades of experience in international insurance law coverage and litigation, as well as claims management, particularly in the London market. She also has extensive in-house experience, which included responsibility for information security matters.

Ms. Dawson joins Lewis Brisbois from Acrisure, LLC, one of the largest international insurance brokers in the world. In her role as senior vice president and general counsel, she developed and oversaw the company’s complex insurance program, implementing cyber incident response policies and protocols, overseeing risk management, engaging in insurance program negotiations, managing litigated and non-litigated claims, providing client training to mitigate risk, and resolving insurance coverage disputes.

“We are excited to welcome Blair to our team,” Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Chair Sean B. Hoar said. “Her experience in leading cybersecurity efforts for an international company coupled with her background in insurance and litigation will continue to strengthen our practice. She is a solid team player, and will provide the high level of customer service our clients expect. She also brings substantial experiential wisdom, and our team is excited to work with and learn from her.”

Ms. Dawson expressed enthusiasm regarding her move to Lewis Brisbois, noting, "I could not be more pleased to be a part of such an award-winning team of talented professionals.” She added, “I had the good fortune to work with Sean and his team on many domestic and international matters. Needless to say, I was thoroughly impressed with their partnership and innovative, results-driven solutions. Now, I have the opportunity to provide that same top-notch level of service to Lewis Brisbois' clients with a client-side perspective.”

Ms. Dawson has been a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) for many years and has published several articles for insurance industry publications.

In addition to her professional work, Ms. Dawson volunteers with community organizations, serving as a board member for the Crooked Lake Improvement Committee, a member of the Wrightwood Neighbors Association, and as a monitor for the EPA Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program. A graduate of Marquette University and the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Ms. Dawson is admitted to practice in Illinois.

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