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Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, Sponsored by Babst Calland


Risk management approach looking at regulatory compliance and mitigation of litigation exposure providing guidance for corporate leadership on proactive strategies.

CLE Registration and Lunch - 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
CLE Program - 12:000 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This program has been preapproved for one hour of PA substantive cle credit.

Presenters: Justine Kasznica and Molly Meacham, Babst Calland

Justine Kasznica

Justine Kasznica is a shareholder in the Firm’s Mobility, Transport and Safety, Transportation Safety, and Corporate and Commercial groups. Ms. Kasznica is a technology and commercial transactions attorney who represents technology companies, investor groups, universities and research institutions seeking to commercialize new technologies, as well as innovative products and services. Her clients are customers and vendors of software, SaaS, IoT, AI and robotics products and services in the retail, aerospace, autonomous vehicle, healthcare, education, emergency management and system safety/security industries, among others. In addition, she has experience in general corporate and commercial law matters, and supports clients with their entity formation, corporate governance, venture capital and private equity investments, and commercial contract needs.

A recreational drone pilot with a passion for robotics, space and aviation, she represents commercial space and drone (unmanned aircraft systems – UAS) companies in connection with their regulatory needs, and she also advises universities and large commercial institutions with respect to their UAS operations. In this role, she regularly participates in speaking engagements and leads workshops on legal and regulatory topics related to UAS and commercial space, and serves as an advisor to various UAS and space technology companies and projects.


  • Drafts, negotiates, and advises on agreements for technology companies in the IT, robotics, education, entertainment, healthcare and security and logistics industries.
  • Advises domestic and international businesses on a wide range of data protection and network/data security compliance and risk management issues, including GDPR and other international (EU, German) data transfers and information governance issues.
  • Assists technology clients in developing internal policies related to privacy and terms of service and use, with experience in COPPA, FERPA, HIPAA/HITECH and FinTech regulatory compliance.
  • Advises companies on liability exposure with respect to trademark/copyright infringement and other statutory claims and issues.
  • Represents investors and investment funds with respect to convertible debt, angel and venture financing deals with technology companies.
  • Assists high growth emerging technology companies with formation, capitalization, and general business operational needs.


  • Serves as outside general counsel to several robotics and autonomous systems companies in the mobility, autonomous vehicle and smart cities, homeland security and defense, aerospace, and commercial space industries.
  • Advises on legal issues surrounding UAS, including commercial drones.
  • Negotiates technology commercialization licenses and funding agreements on behalf of robotics companies with universities, government agencies, and technology development laboratories.
  • Assists robotics companies with capitalization, including state and federal funding, accelerator funding, angel investment, and corporate, private equity or venture capital financing.
  • Supports and develops campus drone and new technology policies for universities.
  • Aerospace and Commercial Space
  • Negotiates payload launch services contracts, NASA Space Act Agreements, SBIRs, STTRs, BAAs, and other technology development agreements.
  • Advises on regulatory and policy issues related to UAS and commercial space activities, including FAA approvals and certifications, payload acceptance requirements, and FCC compliance requirements.

Ms. Kasznica graduated from Yale University (Branford College) with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law-Camden. She served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas M. Hardiman on the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She currently serves as the President of the Yale Club of Pittsburgh.

Memberships and Affiliations
Ms. Kasznica is currently admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (inactive).

Ms. Kasznica has been actively involved in Pittsburgh’s innovation economy since she moved to Pittsburgh in 2008. She served as Executive Director of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Innovation Practice Institute and remains active on the boards of several entrepreneurship-focused organizations and programs, including Ascender, an accelerator and co-working hub.. She is a founding member of ReefBot, a collaborative partnership between Carnegie Mellon’s Robotic Institute, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium to develop autonomous underwater vehicles for the purpose of oceanographic exploration and coral reef conservation.

Molly Meacham

Molly Meacham is a shareholder and co-chair of the Litigation Group of Babst Calland. She is also a member of the Firm’s Employment and Labor and Mobility, Transport and Safety groups.

Ms. Meacham’s commercial litigation practice bridges all three of her groups within the Firm. She serves as lead trial counsel for clients in a broad range of business-related general litigation with a focus on contract disputes and restrictive covenant matters. Ms. Meacham also represents employers in discrimination cases and other employment-related disputes in the state and federal courts and before government and administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor. In addition, Ms. Meacham serves as regular outside employment counsel to many clients, providing ongoing advice on matters such as workplace investigations, legal and regulatory compliance, disability accommodation, disciplinary actions and employment agreements.

As a member of the Mobility, Transport and Safety Group, Ms. Meacham leverages her experience defending product sellers and manufacturers in the vehicle, consumer product and commercial product industries. In addition to defending contract, warranty and personal injury matters, she brings a litigator’s perspective to the strategic process of balancing innovation with risk management.

In all matters Ms. Meacham serves as an active partner to clients, applying her experience and creativity to identify and implement business-centered solutions. At the pre-litigation stage her focus is on identification and management of risk. Once a matter is in litigation her focus becomes efficiently achieving an outcome that will best serve her client’s goals, and maintaining open communication with her client partners to evaluate those goals as the matter proceeds toward trial.

Ms. Meacham graduated from Villanova University with a B.A., Honors Program, in English and Classical Studies, as well as a Business minor. She received her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. While in law school, Ms. Meacham served as chairperson of the Honor Council and worked at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in its Electronic Publishing Division.

Prior to joining Babst Calland, Ms. Meacham represented clients in state and federal courts throughout New England in litigation matters including contract disputes, employment disputes, products liability claims, and environmental litigation.

Memberships and Affiliations
Ms. Meacham is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and the Massachusetts Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the District of Massachusetts, and the District of Connecticut, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Ms. Meacham is active in the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), serving as the Vice-Chair/Newsletter Editor for the Litigation & Trial Practice Committee, a Vice-Chair of the Products Liability Committee, and a Vice-Chair of the Women Trial Lawyers Committee. She is also a member of the Gender Equality Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Ms. Meacham serves as regular presenter at in-house client trainings, and in continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys. She has also authored or co-authored multiple publications relating to her civil trial practice in state and federal courts, particularly regarding her representation of national and multi-national corporations in products liability matters and her representation of clients in employment and restrictive covenant matters. Ms. Meacham’s recent presentations include:

  • Presenter (Scheduled), “Examining Pending Legislation and Proposed Regulatory Initiatives for the Self Driving Car,” ACI National Advanced Forum on Automotive Product Liability Litigation, Chicago, IL, July 18, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Recent Developments in Employment Law,” Babst Calland’s Legal Essentials for In-House Counsel CLE Series, Pittsburgh, PA, April 30, 2018.
  • Co-Presenter, “Recent Employment Law Issues,” Babst Calland’s Construction Law 2017: The Year in Review Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, March 22, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Cybersecurity for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Steering Clear of Hackers,” American Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, Webinar, March 20, 2018.

Cost: ACC Members - $15.00; Non-Members - $25.00
Business Partner/Legal Staff - Complimentary

Hardship Policy: Any lawyer may send a written request for a reduced fee, 30 days prior to program, and explain that the normal fee causes financial hardship, provide background material and must be signed by the lawyer.

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