McDonald Hopkins Announces New Counsel


Colin M. Battersby

McDonald Hopkins

Business advisory and advocacy law firm McDonald Hopkins has announced the addition of Colin M. Battersby as counsel in the firm’s national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group. He will be based in the firm’s Detroit office.

“We are very excited to add Colin to our data privacy and cybersecurity team,” says James J. Giszczak, chair of the litigation department and co-chair of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group. “His wide spectrum of data protection and cybersecurity knowledge, experience, and capabilities are an excellent fit for the needs of our clients.”  

To his new position, Battersby brings national experience advising clients on topics including best practices to prevent and respond to cybersecurity concerns, including leading data breach incident response efforts in combination with forensic technical vendors and company decision-makers; providing counsel on post-breach notice obligations in accordance with breach notice statutes or specific contractual obligations; drafting and coordinating the delivery of required notices; and advising on post-breach remedial measures. Additionally, he is certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Before coming to McDonald Hopkins, Battersby worked at Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone P.L.C. as co-founder and co-leader of the cybersecurity and data privacy team. He holds a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School, which he earned in 2007, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan, which he earned in 2004.

McDonald Hopkins was founded in 1930 and has locations in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Miami, and West Palm Beach. It has more than 50 service and industry teams. 

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