Christopher Dodson

Associate

Philadelphia

(215) 665-2174

(215) 372-2408

Recent Publication:

FFIEC Updates Guidance to Financial Institutions for Authentication and Access [Alert]

Chris Dodson and Andy Baer discuss FFIEC's updated guidance and best practices for financial institutions for information system authentication and access management controls.

As a member of the Technology, Privacy and Data Security practice, Chris draws on his experience as a software engineer to advise clients on privacy and cybersecurity regulations, technology contracts, and data licenses.

He works with diverse clients with an interest in technology, including companies in sectors such as financial services, financial technology, health care, online retail, cloud services, SaaS, software, mobile apps, blockchain, and more.  

In particular, Chris works extensively with clients on issues related to compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), privacy and data security laws (including federal regulatory regimes, such as Gramm-Leach-Bliley, HIPAA, and FTC), and state data breach notification and other security laws. Additionally, he advises clients on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Federal Communications Act and Satellite Communications Act, the Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA), state wiretap laws, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

He also draws on his background as a software engineer in a wide variety of transaction matters, including software licensing (both proprietary and open source licensing), software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Chris drafts and negotiates a wide range of contracts, including technology services and licensing agreements, independent contractor agreements, professional services agreements, nondisclosure agreements, online marketplace agreements, and drop shipment agreements.

Chris is a former software engineer with extensive experience designing and developing database-driven business applications. During his technology career, he worked at companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries.

News

Cozen O’Connor Boosts its Technology, Privacy, Data Security and Emerging Growth Practices by Adding Nine Attorneys from Philadelphia Law Boutique Baer Crossey McDemus LLC

May 04, 2020

Andrew Baer, Michael Crossey, and Christopher McDemus will stretch the firm’s reach within the global technology, and emerging growth business communities.

Publications

FFIEC Updates Guidance to Financial Institutions for Authentication and Access [Alert]

September 14, 2021

Chris Dodson and Andy Baer discuss FFIEC's updated guidance and best practices for financial institutions for information system authentication and access management controls.

Introduction to the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act – Part II [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

May 25, 2021

This is the second installment of our summary of the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (“VCDPA”). In our first post, we covered the goals of the law as well as its applicability and thresholds, what qualifies as personal data, the consumer rights created by the VCDPA, and introduced the...

Introduction to the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act – Part I [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

May 10, 2021

Virginia recently joined California in enacting a comprehensive data protection law intended to protect the privacy of its residents. The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (the “VCDPA”) is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2023, so impacted businesses have significant lead time to...

Victims of SolarWinds Cyberattack Face Investigation Costs, Liability Issues

January 26, 2021

Andrew Baer and Christopher Dodson discuss the significant costs and potential liability issues faced by the victims of the SolarWinds Corp. cyberattack.

Authorized: The Case for Duty of Loyalty Suits Against Former Employees Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

January 02, 2013

Chris Dodson wrote a law review note titled "Authorized: The Case for Duty of Loyalty Suits Against Former Employees Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act" published in the Drexel Law Review.

Education

  • Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, J.D., 2013
  • Fordham University, B.A., 1995
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania