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Justin S. Daniels

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Justin Daniels provides corporate advice to growth-oriented and middle market domestic and international technology businesses. He is passionate about cybersecurity and considers it a strategic business enterprise risk.

Professional Biography


Justin's corporate practice consists of representing domestic and international technology businesses and business owners in all aspects of their growth cycle, from structuring new ventures, raising capital and advising on acquisitions and divestitures to reviewing and negotiating key vendor, employment, and customer contracts. He has closed M&A transactions valued collectively at more than $1 billion.

Justin provides his corporate clients a pragmatic approach to addressing cybersecurity as a business enterprise risk at every stage in the business lifecycle. He specifically advises the c-suite and boards on identifying and managing cybersecurity risk with respect to mergers and acquisitions, investment capital transactions, lending, vendor and customer contracts, and cyber insurance. He leads breach incident response teams on ransomware and wire fraud cases in industries ranging from medical IT, health care SaaS and logistics to manufacturing. Companies regularly seek Justin's advice on preparing to handle breach response and proactively managing cybersecurity risk.

Justin also provides strategic advice to clients regarding blockchain technology. He represents one of the largest cryptocurrency mining facilities in the country. He has helped clients create and iterate business models that address regulations including federal and state money transmitter laws as well as whether tokens are considered securities. He has extensive and significant experience handling the power contracts and related critical infrastructure necessary to profitably engage in cryptocurrency mining.

In 2020, a smart city innovation lab engaged Justin to help build cybersecurity and privacy into the DNA of their facility as part of its launch. The innovation lab has a 5G-enabled three-mile autonomous vehicle test track, a 25,000-square-foot innovation center, and an intelligent network of connected IoT devices. The facility serves as a test bed for autonomous vehicles, drones, IOT devices, and facial recognition technology, has autonomous shuttles and had the first deployment of remote e-scooters in the United States. As part of the engagement, Justin designed the onboarding process for these projects and the privacy and security principles surrounding the collection and data use from the projects. He is an FAA licensed Part 107 Commercial UAS (Drone) pilot.

Justin spoke at RSA 2021 on the topic of quarterbacking breach response with law enforcement. He has given numerous keynote presentations on topics including cybersecurity and M&A risk, integrated blockchain solutions, and balancing technological innovation versus privacy and security.

In the Daniels family, cybersecurity and privacy is the family business, as Justin co-hosts the "She Said Privacy/He Said Security" podcast with his wife Jodi Daniels.

  • M&A and Investment Transactions

  • Represented a publicly held company in the $50 million development of a new crypto mining facility that included the power contract, purchase of over 1,000 mining machines, and procurement of facilities necessary to host the machines.

  • Represented a publicly held company in the approximately $7 million purchase of a data center that will be redesigned into a crypto mining facility.

  • Represented lender in a $40 million financing of a data center that included drafting of operating covenants relating to ongoing cybersecurity requirements of the facility.

  • Represented seller in the sale of 18 car wash sites in a transaction valued at more than $100 million.

  • Represented a shareholder in the $110 million sale of a management software company to strategic buyer in a cross-border transaction.

  • Represented a shareholder in the $50 million sale of a health care business to a private equity fund.

  • Technology/Cybersecurity

  • Represented smart city in the technology, cybersecurity, and data privacy aspects of the deployment of four fully autonomous shuttles including addressing data ownership, sharing, storage and cybersecurity issues.

  • Represented transportation lab in development of strategy and parameters for attracting companies to test drones indoors and outdoors at the facility as well as the evaluation and implementation of the 2021 FAA rules allowing flight over people and vehicles in certain circumstances.

  • Represented international fintech company in deploying their fintech app in the United States that included cybersecurity and privacy issues on a federal and multi-state level along with derivative rights issues relating to intellectual property matters.

  • Represented municipality on technology, cybersecurity, and privacy aspects of deploying a fintech app for use by citizens and local merchants.

  • Incident Response

  • Managed ransomware incident for a national transportation and logistics company. Led the incident response team managing breach notification in multiple states, law enforcement interaction, overseeing crisis communications, and compliance with relevant breach notification laws across 30 states.

  • Led incident response team for a medical information technology company following a ransomware incident. Oversaw HIPAA issues, regulator issues and breach notification in multiple states, and managed law enforcement interaction, overseeing crisis communications and litigation arising from the data breach.

  • Represented private equity backed technology SaaS company in responding to ransomware incident. Led the incident response team managing forensic analysis of the incident, law enforcement interaction, overseeing crisis communications and analysis of relevant state breach notification laws.

  • Represented U.S. distribution company for international lubricants company in managing phishing incident that led to significant wire fraud. Managed the response dealing with U.S. privacy laws, GDPR, law enforcement interaction and breach notification in more than 14 states.

  • Named a Georgia Rising Star by Georgia Super Lawyers (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010)
  • Named as one of Georgia's Legal Elite in Corporate Law, by Georgia Trend Magazine (2013)
  • Creator and Leader – Inaugural Atlanta Cyber Week (2017)
  • "A Ransomware Tale," Mississippi Society of CPAs' Health Care Services Conference (September 2021)
  • Closing Keynote Speaker – "Inconvenient Necessity: Managing Cyber Risk in Integrated Technology Solutions," Qubit Conference (May 2021)
  • "Ransomware Attacks: Prevention, Detection, and Mitigation," Cyber-Risk & Data Privacy Summit (January 2021)
  • "Phisherman Bait: A Data Breach Story and Lessons Learned," CPA Academy (October 20, 2020)
  • "Navigating the Virtual Road to Autonomous Driving: Using Simulations to Test, Train, and Validate Autonomous Vehicles," American Bar Association CLE Webinar (October 19, 2020)
  • "How a City Addressed Cybersecurity and Privacy in the DNA of its Smart Transportation Zero-Cost Testing Facility," Cybersecurity Symposium for Smart Cities '20 (October 14, 2020)
  • "Locking Down Your Data: Adapting to Lawyers Working Remotely," Practising Law Institute (September 2020)
  • "M&A and Cyber Risk: Where Opportunity and Risk Converge," CPA Academy (September 2020)
  • "Integrated AI/Blockchain Solutions: Debating Innovation vs. Privacy & Security," CPA Academy (September 2020)
  • "Lessons Learned From Tackling Cyber Threats & Vulnerabilities During The COVID-19 Pandemic," Infosec Connect Virtual Event (July 2020)
  • Panelist – "How Do You Identify And Manage Hidden Cyber Risk You May Be Assuming In Your Third Party Contracts," Infosec Connect Virtual Event (July 2020)
  • "The International Cyber Drill Experience: Cross-Border Breach" (December 2019)
  • "The Cyber Drill Experience," Windham Brannon Insights 2019, Atlanta, Georgia (December 2019)
  • "The Cyber Drill Experience: M&A edition," Fulcrum Equity Partners Executive Summit, Atlanta, Georgia (October 2019)
  • "The Cyber Drill Experience," Tech Alpharetta, Atlanta, Georgia (September 2019)
  • "The Cyber Drill Experience," Infraguard, Atlanta, Georgia (September 2019)
  • "The Cyber Drill Experience," Cybercon, Atlanta, Georgia (September 2019)
  • "Innovation vs. Security: How Blockchain and Future Technology Shape Infosec," Cybercon, Atlanta, Georgia (September 2019)
  • Keynote Speaker – "Integrated Healthcare Blockchain Solutions," WBR Infosec Healthcare Connect, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (August 2019)
  • "Integrated Blockchain Solutions – Balancing Benefit vs. Risks," Accounting and Finance Show, New York, New York (July 2019)
  • Keynote Speaker – "M&A and Cyber Risk: Where Opportunity and Risk Meet," WBR Retail Finance Connect, Miami, Florida (June 2019)
  • "The March of the Chain Gang: Understanding Security Risk in Integrated Blockchain Solutions," Secureworld Atlanta (May 2019)
  • "M&A and Cyber Risk: Where Opportunity and Risk Intersect," Invest Augusta (May 2019)
  • "Cryptomining Malware: A New Major Headache with Hidden Risks," Secureworld (November 2018)
  • "AI and Blockchain: The Latest Development in the Innovation vs. Security Debate," Secureworld, Denver, Colorado (October 2018)
  • "Cybercon 2018" (October 2018)
  • "AI and Blockchain: The Latest Development in the Innovation vs. Security Debate," Secureworld, Atlanta, Georgia (May 2018)
  • "Simulated Phishing Cyberattack," Metro Atlanta Chamber Technology Leadership Council (May 2018)
  • "The Great Debate: Innovation Versus Security," InfraGard Atlanta Members Alliance (IAMA) Annual A-LIST conference (February 2018)
  • Speaker – Why You Hold the Key to Cybersecurity, 9th Annual TEDxPeachtree: Beneath the Surface, Atlanta, Georgia (October 2017)
  • "Cybercon 2017" (October 2017)
  • Featured – "Tech Tuesday: Cybersecurity, Digital Divide, Killer Robots, and Oreos," radio interview, The Dana Barrett Show (August 2017)
  • "Southeastern Regional Capital Connections 2017" (May 2017)
  • Featured – "Tech Tuesday: Baker Donelson, Georgia Department of Economic Development," radio interview, The Dana Barrett Show (January 2016)
  • Moderator – "Strengthening the U.S.-Israeli Partnership through Binational Investment in Cybersecurity Technology," Securing Your Future: Staying Ahead of Developments in Cybersecurity and its Impact on Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Logistics, Health Care and Energy, Atlanta, Georgia, (August 2015)
  • Moderator – "The Future of Southeast U.S. Cybersecurity Eco-System," Securing Your Future: Staying Ahead of Developments in Cybersecurity and its Impact on Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Logistics, Health Care and Energy, Atlanta, Georgia (August 2015)
  • Moderator – "CIO Product Pitch," Securing Your Future: Staying Ahead of Developments in Cybersecurity and its Impact on Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Logistics, Health Care and Energy, Atlanta, Georgia (August 2015)
  • "Anatomy of the Economics of a Series A Term Sheet," Atlanta Technology Village, Atlanta, Georgia (July 2015)
  • Guest Lecturer – "Anatomy of a Series A Term Sheet," Emory University MBA Program, Atlanta, Georgia (March 2015)
  • Moderator – "Latest Developments in Cyber Security: Assessing the Current Threat and Response," Baker Donelson and BDO USA, LLP seminar (November 2014)
  • Guest Lecturer – "Anatomy of a Series A Term Sheet," Emory University MBA Program, Atlanta, Georgia (November 2014)
  • Panelist – "Drafting IP Indemnities and Protections Against Online Infringement Claims," National Legal Teleconference, Legal Seminars International (July 2014)
  • Featured Speaker – "Risk Management Considerations for Cross Border Technology Transactions," Legal Seminars International, Navigating Risk in Data & Technology Transactions Conference, Atlanta Georgia (March 2014)
  • Guest Lecturer – "Entrepreneurship: From Idea to Exit," Emory University MBA Program, Atlanta, Georgia (September 2013)
  • Featured Speaker – "Anatomy of an Operating Agreement," Aarons Grant & Habif, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (May 2013)
  • Featured Speaker – "Decoding the Asset Purchase Agreement," Atlanta Chapter, Georgia Society Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), Atlanta, Georgia (April 2013)
  • Featured – "Nuts & Bolts M&A: Understanding the Asset Purchase Agreement," legal seminar, Global Capital Connection (April 2013)
  • Featured – "Understanding the Asset Purchase Agreement," National Business Institute (December 2012)
  • "International Business Transaction Considerations," legal seminar for Gross Collins, P.C. (November 2012)
  • Featured – "Nuts and Bolts M&A," Dekalb County Chapter, Georgia Society Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), Atlanta, Georgia (July 2012)
  • Featured – "Anatomy of an Operating Agreement," Dekalb County Chapter, Georgia Society Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), Atlanta, Georgia (July 2012)
  • "Selected LLC Operating Agreement Topics," Cherry Deckert & Holland (June 2012)
  • Panelist – "M&A Experts Panel – Selling Your Business: The Process, the Pitfalls, What Really Matters," Technology Association of Georgia (April 2012)
  • "LLC Operating Agreement Waterfalls," Gross Collins, P.C. (April 2012)
  • "Practical M&A," Cobb County Chapter, Georgia Society Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA), Atlanta, Georgia (November 2011)
  • "LLC versus the S-Corp," teleconference for the National Business Institute (October 2011)
  • Panelist – "Technology M&A – Identify Your Goal Then Prepare and Execute," Technology Association of Georgia (August 2011)
  • Featured – "Protecting your IP," Television interview on Malcom Out Loud television show (August 2011)
  • "Practical Considerations in M&A Transactions," Atlanta Chapter, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Atlanta, Georgia (June 2011)
  • Featured – "Choosing the Right Legal Counsel," Television interview on Malcom Out Loud television show (June 2011)

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