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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.

Featured Experience


Assisted a national transportation and logistics company managing ransomware incident including ransomware negotiation, law enforcement interaction, breach notification assessment and developing communications playbook.

Represented health care technology company managing ransomware incident which included leading the incident response team of cyber experts, advising on ransomware negotiation, reviewing client contracts, conducting HIPAA and multi-state breach notification analysis and overseeing crisis communications with employees and clients.

Advised U.S. distributor for international company in managing phishing incident that led to significant wire fraud, including providing advice on compliance with GDPR and state and federal privacy and breach notification laws.

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, franchise, 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 cyber 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, 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 and logistics to manufacturing.

Justin also provides strategic advice to clients regarding blockchain technology. He represents one 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. 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 as part of the launch of their facility. 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, facial recognition technology and has a level 3 autonomous vehicle along with the first deployment of remote e-scooters in the United States. As part of the engagement, he 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 will be speaking at RSA 2021 on the topic of quarterbacking breach response with law enforcement. He has given numerous key note presentations on topics including cybersecurity, integrated blockchain solutions and balancing technological innovation versus privacy and security.

  • Assisted a national transportation and logistics company managing ransomware incident including ransomware negotiation, law enforcement interaction, breach notification assessment and developing communications playbook.

  • Represented health care technology company managing ransomware incident which included leading the incident response team of cyber experts, advising on ransomware negotiation, reviewing client contracts, conducting HIPAA and multi-state breach notification analysis and overseeing crisis communications with employees and clients.

  • Advised U.S. distributor for international company in managing phishing incident that led to significant wire fraud, including providing advice on compliance with GDPR and state and federal privacy and breach notification laws.

  • Represent publicly owned blockchain company in creating new mining facility.

  • Represented a privately held technology company in creating and venture financing a block chain mining operation.

  • Represented a privately held technology company in acquiring and financing a $2 million purchase of a data center.

  • Represented a privately held technology company in selling VOIP business to a strategic buyer for $3.6 million.

  • Represented Strategic Investor in $500,000 Series A round in a medical technology company.

  • Represented Venture Fund in $2 million Series A round in a mobile fundraising app technology company.

  • Represented the European acquirer of a U.S.-based telecom company in an $8 million asset acquisition.
  • Represented a shareholder in $13 million sale of 15 retail franchise locations to strategic buyer.

  • Represented a technology company in the exclusive license of its software to a large multinational corporation in Australia.

  • 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 health care business to a private equity fund.
  • Represented the seller in a $10 million sale of a large concrete plant and real estate to international buyer.
  • Represented a technology company in the licensing its software on a worldwide basis.
  • Represented an international parent company's U.S. subsidiary acquiring an interest in a U.S. technology company in exchange for its intellectual property.
  • Negotiated, structured and documented a health care company's reorganization from one company into four companies, including an investment bank.
  • Served as general counsel to national technology, manufacturing and professional service firms.

  • Represented a technology company subsidiary in the financing of its $7 million acquisition of a European company.
  • Represented health care innovation hub in creating the hub, negotiating partnerships with Fortune 500 partners and agreements to execute projects with a large health care hospital.

  • Represented a city in creating and implementing an information security plan for their fully automated smart city corridor.

  • Represented a health care entity with operations in 11 states in the outsourcing of its entire IT function with related business, security and privacy issues.

  • 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)
  • 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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