How to Bring Your Own Device Along – An Examination of Legal Issues Associated with Corporate BYOD Policies

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This program is sponsored by Citrix.

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In this program, the panelists will propose a number of relevant questions and issues practitioners should consider when creating or revamping a corporate BYOD program.  They will focus on understanding the extent to which BYOD permeates various facets of an organization – from Human Resources to the Legal Department, and many areas in between.Then, they will provide some thoughts regarding solutions that practitioners might implement within their organizations.  The program should benefit all interested listeners, including those who are in the nascent stages of developing a BYOD program as well as those who have mature, well-functioning BYOD practices.

Educational Objectives:
• The ethical considerations associated with incorporating or formalizing a BYOD program
• The different areas of an organization that are implicated in a BYOD program
• Practical tips regarding the development of a BYOD program and policies governing it
• Practical tips regarding shareholder interaction when maintaining a BYOD strategy

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
This program will benefit attorneys and other compliance professionals in organizations where employees regularly use mobile electronic devices.  This would include representatives from the HR department and the IT department as well as policy committee members and senior management.  Given the degree to which BYOD-related issues and programs touch on a wide variety of divisions within an organization, this program would benefit almost anyone with responsibility in this area, whether their organization has a BYOD program or is in need of one.  It also would be useful to individuals who want to learn more about the repercussions of their own use of personal devices for work purposes.


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Ms.Melinda McLellan is Counsel in BakerHostetler’s New York office, where she advises clients on complex privacy, cybersecurity, and information management issues as a member of the firm’s Chambers-ranked national Privacy and Data Protection team.  Ms. McLellan frequently works with companies across multiple industry sectors on a broad range of privacy and security matters, including the use of cross-border data transfers and the management of international data flows in a rapidly evolving regulatory environment.

Ms.McLellan has broad experience counseling companies that have experienced data security breaches on breach notification obligations, forensic investigations, communications strategies, and remediation efforts.  She also regularly works with clients to develop and implement global privacy and security policies and procedures; employee privacy training programs; and compliance strategies for the use of data-intensive products and services.

Ms.McLellan has written and spoken extensively on privacy and data security law, with a particular focus on the privacy impacts of emerging technologies such as cloud computing, social media, online behavioral advertising, and corporate “Bring Your Own Device” programs.  She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and The Sedona Conference © Data Security and Privacy Liability Working Group.  New York Super Lawyers has selected Ms. McLellan as a “Rising Star” for the past four years in a row.

Ms.McLellan is admitted to practice in New York.  She received her B.A. in Political Science and French Studies form Rice University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal.


Mr.James Sherer is Counsel in BakerHostetler’s New York office, where he co-chairs the Information Governance practice team and serves as part of the E-Discovery and Management and Privacy and Data Protection groups.  His work focuses on litigation; discovery management processes; enterprise risk management; records and information governance; data privacy, security, and bank secrecy; technology integration issues; and related merger and acquisition diligence.

Mr.Sherer has worked as an in-house litigator with a Fortune 500 company and previously practiced litigation in New York.  He holds CIPP/US, CIPPE/E, and CIPM privacy credentials and CEDS E-Discovery credentials.  He is a member of The Sedona Conference © Working Groups One, Six, and Eleven; and he writes and presents on eDiscovery, information governance, privacy, investigation, and merger and acquisition issues.

Mr.Sherer is admitted to practice in New York, Washington, D.C., and Michigan.  He earned his B.A., with honors, from the University of Michigan, his M.B.A. from Central Michigan University, and his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.


Ms.Emily Fedeles is an associate in BakerHostetler’s New York office, where she is involved in the litigation, eDiscovery, and Privacy and Data Protection teams.  She evaluates client eDiscovery readiness programs, advises on collection, review, and production considerations, and considers the implications of mobile technologies, client information technology platforms, and related social media uses.  She also develops and advises clients on corporate data retention policies and procedures and on data protection concerns regarding collection, use, processing, and security of personally identifiable information and sensitive personal information in litigation, regulatory inquiries, cross border transactions, and merger, acquisition, asset purchase, and divestiture activities.

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Ms. Fedeles worked both domestically and abroad for a law firm and focused her practice area on cross-border complex litigation, eDiscovery, and Data Privacy.  She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and The Sedona Conference © Working Groups One, Six, and Eleven.

Ms.Fedeles is admitted to practice in Florida.She earned her B.A. from Emory University and her J.D., with honors, from the Emory University School of Law.