American Bar Association Reappoints Butzel Long’s Claudia Rast to Cybersecurity Legal Task Force

Claudia Rast
Claudia Rast // Photo courtesy of Butzel Long

Claudia Rast, an attorney and shareholder in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office, has been reappointed to serve on the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force. This is Rast’s sixth one-year term on the force since 2012, when it was created.

Task force members are responsible for examining risks posed by criminals, terrorists, and nations that seek to steal personal and financial information, disrupt infrastructure, and wage cyberwar.

Rast is Butzel Long’s intellectual property practice department chair. She has a background in forensics, information technology environments, environmental law, and security. She uses her knowledge in law, business, and science to help companies use technology and counsel clients in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, data theft, intellectual property licensing and registration, forensic preservation, and electronically stored information.

Over the past years, she has worked with entrepreneurs, the IT community, and the automotive supplier network to negotiate contracts covering associated technologies and address security, privacy, intellectual property ownership, and new and potential regulations.

In addition, Rast is an author of the anticipated 2020 book “Cyber Incident Response Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals;” a co-author of a chapter in the second edition of “The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook;” and a national public speaker on all matters that include cybersecurity, privacy, data breach, eDiscovery, and social media.

Among her many roles, Rast belongs to the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Ann Arbor’s New Enterprise Forum board of directors, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters board of directors, ICLE’s technology training advisory board, and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan board of directors.

She received her bachelor’s degree in natural resources from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law.

Butzel Long was founded in Detroit in 1854.

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