Cyberattack Forces Biglaw Firm To Take Document Management System Down For Weeks


Hacker KeyboardWe are confident that our process has been professional and appropriate. In fact, I am proud to say that we have received overwhelming praise from our clients for our transparency and the professionalism of our response to this attack.

Pat Quinn, managing partner of Cadwalader, in a statement given to the American Lawyer, concerning the firm’s response to a mid-November cyberattack that forced the Am Law 100 mainstay to wipe hard drives and take many of its systems offline, some of them for weeks (like its internal document management system). Quinn went on to note that the firm quickly informed clients about the issue and hired “renowned external cybersecurity experts and legal counsel.” Cybersecurity experts told Am Law that Cadwalader’s response was in-line with industry best practices.

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