Fernando M. Pinguelo

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Fernando M. Pinguelo

Fernando M. Pinguelo (CIPP), a U.S.-based trial lawyer, devotes his law practice to complex lawsuits and his experience addresses all facets of litigation (trial, mediation, arbitration, appellate) in both U.S. federal and state courts.  He regularly handles “crisis litigation,” including emergency applications with the courts, on a broad spectrum of national and international disputes including those involving business torts, data breaches, misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright/trademark infringement, and breach of contract and non-compete covenants.


Fernando is an Adjunct Law Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law and a Visiting Professor at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie – São Paulo, Brazil.  He earned accreditation as an information privacy professional (CIPP) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.


He serves on state and federal committees, including appointments by the Chief Judge of the District of New Jersey to serve on the Merit Selection Panel for federal magistrate judgeship selection and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve on the Evidence Rules Committee. The President of the New Jersey State Bar Association appointed him Chair of the Privacy Law Committee.


A leader in the emerging areas of cyber law and electronic discovery, Fernando works closely with organizations to develop strategies for managing business and legal issues relating to electronic data. He focuses their attention on preventing claims and pursuing strategies that enhance their ability to manage data-essential precautions because of the financial and public relations fallout that often results from high-profile data breaches. When a rapidly evolving crisis or emergency hits, Fernando mobilizes his interdisciplinary team of professionals and implements a response strategy to mitigate damages. Fernando’s global network of highly skilled lawyers and other professionals from across the U.S. and more than 70 other countries enables him to provide clients with quality services outside our jurisdictions.


Fernando has provided commentary on proposed federal legislation concerning cyber security and received a Fulbright Specialist appointment in Brazil for his work on technology’s impact on the law.


Notably, Fernando was involved in New Jersey’s first case addressing its new electronic discovery rule amendments; designed one of the first state-of-the-art electronic discovery law courses in the country, which he teaches at Seton Hall University School of Law; and created the ABA Journal award-winning eLessons Learned, an educational blog about how technology impacts lawsuits. Fernando lectures for state and federal judicial colleges, including the New Jersey Judicial College and Escola Paulista da Magistratura (São Paulo), both of which provide judges with academic programs to keep abreast of legal developments.


Fernando’s numerous published articles and speaking engagements in his areas of practice reflect the depth of his knowledge and understanding of the issues that his clients face, including his chapter authorships for the leading treatise on electronic discovery for in-house counsel, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel (Chapter 17 – Electronic Data, Cyber Security & Crisis Management) (Thomson-West 2013–present), and New Jersey Federal Civil Procedure (Chapter 10 – eDiscovery) (ALM 2011-present). He has appeared on television as a legal commentator on high-profile trials and has been quoted and cited in numerous media reports covering cases he has handled and breaking news.


Since 2011, Fernando has received Martindale-Hubbell’s coveted AV Preeminent® rating (4.9 out of a possible 5.0), its highest lawyer rating which serves as an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability that it generates from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. Chambers & Partners ranks him as a Recognized Practitioner in its prestigious 2014 and 2017 Chambers USA Guide – Nationwide Privacy & Data Security.


Please feel free to direct any questions you may have to Fernando at info@CyberJurist.com. For more information about Fernando, visit www.CyberJurist.com.