Cipriani & Werner is a multidisciplinary law firm with attorneys located throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. With nearly 150 professionals in our 14 offices in 7 states and the District of Columbia, we are able to support the needs of our clients on both a local and regional basis. We have long been recognized as a firm that seeks first to understand the needs and interests of its clients. From that point forward our attorneys are able to deliver the results expected by our clients. In providing the highest level of legal services and achieving the results for our clients, we are governed by the highest level of integrity in our practice and our relationships. The approach to the practice of law that is found at Cipriani & Werner attracts and maintains long-term relationships with our clients and our attorneys.
Alston & Bird is a leading national law firm whose core practice areas are intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate, and tax, with national industry focuses that include financial services, technology, health care, manufacturing, life sciences and energy. The firm has built a reputation as one of the country’s best employers, appearing on Fortune magazine’s ranking of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 20 consecutive years, an unprecedented accomplishment among law firms in the United States. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, New York, Raleigh, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C.
Ms. Ryan is the co-chair of the Cybersecurity, Information Privacy and Data Security Team. Clients in the healthcare sector and other industries have become concerned about cybersecurity and privacy issues, breach preparedness and response. Ms. Ryan serves as a breach counsel to companies in various areas including health care institutions and providers, municipalities, professional services, retail, technology and financial institutions. She provides legal counsel and leads response investigations working with companies IT departments, forensics and vendors to advise on notification, guidance in governmental investigations, mitigation and restoration services. Ms. Ryan counsels clients on development of risk assessment policies, vendor agreement analysis and implementation of data privacy practices. She also aids clients in incident response planning, including table top exercises, assessment of regulatory compliance requirements and inquiries from regulators on both the state and federal levels, and represents clients in litigation focusing on data breaches and data security, information technology, technology failures, implementation of developed software, cloud computing related issues, and IT outsourcing agreements.
Ashley focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including privacy-related and data breach litigation. Before joining the firm, Ashley served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Eleanor L. Ross in the Northern District of Georgia and the Honorable Judge J. Randal Hall in the Southern District of Georgia. In those roles, she was involved in a number of civil and criminal proceedings. Ashley has also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Judge Frank M. Hull of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Justice David E. Nahmias of the Georgia Supreme Court, and as a judicial intern to the Honorable Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. of the Northern District of Georgia.