Holland & Knight LLP
Mark H. Francis is a cybersecurity, data privacy and intellectual property attorney who advises clients on a wide array of "tech and data" counseling, transactional and litigation matters.
Counseling. Mr. Francis focuses on data strategy and information governance, cybersecurity, technical controls, cross-border data transfers, and data privacy laws. In that capacity, Mr. Francis advises clients on:
Mr. Francis has advised on the adoption of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) with pragmatic approaches to ethical AI principles, legal and reputational risk mitigation practices, due diligence and contracting considerations.
Tech Agreements and Corporate Transactions. Mr. Francis regularly advises clients on data and intellectual property agreements and technology transactions, including master service agreements and statements of work (SOWs), open source and proprietary software licenses, IP/data transfers and licenses, e-commerce platforms, software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing agreements. He also works with deal teams on data and technology risks and representations in corporate transactions.
Crisis Management and Incident Response. Mr. Francis has counseled dozens of clients on U.S. and global data breaches and other security incidents across a number of industries, including healthcare, financial services, retail, technology, consulting, industrial and telecommunications. He advises clients on internal and forensic investigations, regulatory and individual notifications and interactions with law enforcement and other third parties.
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Litigation and Regulatory Actions. Mr. Francis represents clients in regulatory and state Attorney General investigations, data breach class actions and PCI assessments.
Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation. Mr. Francis represents clients in a wide range of intellectual property (IP) litigation in federal courts across the country. His IP matters have often involved complex technologies such as wired and wireless communications, cloud computing, mobile operating systems, virtual machines, web browsers, encryption, image processing and semiconductor devices. He is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and assists clients with patent prosecution, as well as copyright and trademark procurement.
Mr. Francis is actively involved in cybersecurity and privacy organizations, such as InfraGard and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and was appointed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee (DPIAC), which provides advice at the request of the secretary of Homeland Security and the DHS chief privacy officer on programmatic, policy, operational, administrative and technological issues within the DHS that relate to personally identifiable information, as well as data integrity and other privacy-related matters.
Mr. Francis is an International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). He is also an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), IAPP Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) and IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP).
In addition, Mr. Francis is an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for veterans' benefits before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
Rising Stars, New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2015-2017
Nathan Burkan Memorial Award, Fordham University School of Law, 2006