2019: Speakers

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Jennifer Madine (Vice President and Senior Counsel, Fifth Third Bank) Jennifer advises Fifth Third on a variety of privacy, information security and intellectual property matters, including incident response, data governance, and vendor risk management. Jennifer provides interpretations and advice on federal, state and international privacy and data security laws, and applicable breach notification rules. Prior to joining Fifth Third in 2014, Jennifer was in private practice, representing financial institutions in commercial litigation and class action defense. Jennifer currently serves on the Board of Trustees for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Jennifer received a B.A. in Theatre from The Ohio State University in 2002, and a J.D. from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2007.

Derek Somogy (Patent Attorney, Caterpillar, Inc.). Derek currently works as a patent attorney for Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois. He support’s Caterpillar’s Innovation and Technology Development Division, which includes an entire team of engineers working on advanced manufacturing technologies, including 3D printing. Before joining Caterpillar, Derek worked as an associate attorney with Wood, Herron & Evans. He obtained his law degree from The Ohio State University and his undergraduate degree in physics from The College of Wooster.

Mike Nitardy (Member, CIPP-US, Frost Brown Todd). Mike is a member in the litigation department of Frost Brown Todd LLC. He represents clients in business and commercial disputes. Michael also helps clients comply with the applicable laws, rules, and regulations governing the proper use and disclosure of personal information. In addition to assisting clients in investigating and addressing potential data breaches, Michael also assists clients in addressing state and federal regulations regarding health law matters.

Chris Huntington (Chief Information Security Officer, CISSP, Nexigen). Chris has been the Chief Information Security Officer at Nexigen, a mid-sized Managed Service Provider based in Newport, Kentucky, since 2015. During his time at Nexigen, Chris has gained unparalleled experience in the security field while also establishing himself as a respected consultant in the industry. Chris is widely known for his work on compliance initiatives, risk management and security program management serving Nexigen’s 1,100 clients across the United States. He has led the development of several Products for Nexigen, including the very popular ArmourPhish security education platform. Other projects Chris has worked on at Nexigen include IoT security standards and work with Smart Cities. Chris serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Center for Information Security and also sits on the Graduate Advisory Board at Northern Kentucky University. He is a Trustee of the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Chris has also served on the board of the Cincinnati Tri-State Chapter of (ISC)2.

Kevin P. Rojek (Supervisory Special Agent, FBI) joined the FBI in September 2002 after serving eleven years in the United States Army as an Artillery officer and an Intelligence Officer. After graduation from the FBI Academy, SSA Rojek spent 10 years as an agent and supervisor in the Norfolk, Virginia field office working primarily counterintelligence and cyber matters. In May 2012, SSA Rojek accepted a promotion to FBI Headquarters, where he worked National Security computer intrusion investigations. SSA Rojek returned to Norfolk in November 2013 and worked counterintelligence matters until April 2014, when he was selected for his current position, as the supervisor of the Cincinnati Division’s Cyber Squad.

Paige Connelly (Attorney, Thompson Hine) Paige Connelly is a partner in the firm’s Early Stage & Emerging Company practice group. She focuses her practice on corporate law and transactions, including venture investment financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, business formation, contract preparation and review, and general corporate governance matters. Paige assists emerging companies with preferred equity investment transactions, convertible debt financing transactions, commercial contract preparation, and other business needs. She has experience in various aspects of acquisitions and sales, including negotiation and preparation of transaction documents, due diligence and disclosure.

Timothy Swan (Attorney, Frost Brown Todd LLC) Tim helps technology companies and companies dealing with technology issues. He takes a practical approach and invests the time to understand his clients’ specific technologies and needs in order to help them achieve their goals efficiently. For large and midsize clients, Tim helps prepare and negotiate licensing, collaboration, joint venture, development, professional services, contract research, manufacturing, clinical trial and other technology-related agreements. He has aided clients with large IT procurement projects. For startups and emerging companies, Tim assists with similar complex technology matters, but also helps navigate formation, fundraising through equity and debt financing and corporate governance matters. Tim has helped clients of all sizes on both buy and sell-side M&A transactions, with a focus on technology targets. Industries of focus for Tim include the life sciences (including healthcare IT, pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology), agriculture technology, manufacturing, software, information technology, outsourcing, financial services and insurance. Tim received his J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago, where he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and the Order of the Coif. Before law school, Tim obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduated magna cum laude from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where he was captain of the Fightin’ Engineers football team. Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, Tim was a partner in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP.