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William J. Roberts


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William Roberts is the Chair of the firm’s Privacy and Data Protection team and a partner in the firm's Health Law Practice Group. Bill is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Today’s businesses and organizations collect, transfer and store a wide range of data on a daily basis, and must use, disclose and safeguard such data in compliance with myriad legal requirements. Bill and his team work with clients to find solutions to these and other data privacy and regulatory challenges.

Bill focuses his practice at the intersection of privacy, technology and the law, with a particular emphasis on the health care and insurance sectors. In doing so, he assists health care providers (including hospitals, independent school health centers and behavioral health clinics), insurers and technology firms (including software companies, mobile app developers, insurance technology (“InsurTech”) firms and health care technology companies) navigate legal challenges with respect to regulatory compliance, governmental investigations, data breaches and complex contracting. Clients who seek Bill’s advice and guidance range from technology start-ups to Fortune 50 companies.

In addition to advising clients in more than 100 national and international data breach matters, Bill regularly assists with establishing compliance programs for early detection of privacy concerns and guides clients in conducting investigations and providing notifications when a breach has occurred. He also provides representation during breach investigations before Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state attorneys general and state departments of insurance. In addition, Bill counsels clients regarding compliance with an entire alphabet soup of privacy laws and regulations, including:

  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB)
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) Cybersecurity Regulation
  • Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Federal Trade Commission Act (FTCA)

To further support his clients in data breach situations, Bill is a member of Innovative Cyber Solutions, a consortium of professionals providing a comprehensive set of data breach-related marketing, communications, leadership and IT solutions.

Health care and insurance sector organizations also work with Bill to devise solutions to regulatory challenges, including with respect to product development, service offerings, human subjects research and data-sharing arrangements.

Bill is active in the data privacy space, and serves as the North American privacy lead for Interlaw (a global network of law firms), has been appointed by the State of Connecticut to serve on its Connecticut Health Data Collaborative working group and is a mentor to early stage InsurTech companies.

Bill loves to talk about health care and privacy matters and thus is a frequent speaker and author, both nationally and internationally. He is also regularly called upon by the media to comment on health care and privacy legal matters.

Aside from helping his busy clients, Bill is a father and lifelong skier.


  • American Bar Association: Business Law Section Fellow (2014-2015)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Health Care (2011-2018)
  • New Leader in the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune (2013)

Professional Affiliations

  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • Interlaw
  • BioCT
  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Hospital Association

Establishment of EU GDPR Compliance Program

Counseled technology and software companies on the establishment and implementation of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance programs. The establishment of the programs involved the drafting of data processing addendums, consents, privacy notices, privacy policies and stakeholder communications. Bill worked with the technology firms to ensure that the programs not only satisfied compliance requirements, but also positioned the firms to use privacy compliance to maintain and expand customer relationships.

General Outside Privacy Counsel

Bill Roberts and the attorneys on the Privacy and Data Protection team serve as general outside privacy counsel to a wide range of companies, from some of the nation’s largest businesses to innovative technology companies coast to coast. In this role, Bill and his team serve as 24/7 outside advisors to these firms on a variety of matters, including data breach response, privacy program development, technology contracting and the launching of new initiatives, programs and products.


May 8, 2018  The GDPR is Coming: Keep Calm and Plan
January 24, 2018  HHS Takes Action to Protect Religious Beliefs and Moral Convictions
January 17, 2018  Connecticut Supreme Court Recognizes New Cause of Action for Patient Privacy Breach
January 10, 2018  OIG Scrutiny of Patient Assistance Programs
August 2017  Firm Attorneys Published in Legal Resource for School Health Services
February 15, 2017  SAMHSA Modernizes Regulations Governing the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Records
October 11, 2016  Providing Transgender-Inclusive Health Care
October 3, 2016  Family Policy Compliance Office Issues FERPA Privacy Guidelines
October 27, 2016  October 17th Compliance Deadline for HHS Nondiscrimination Notifications Approaches
June 20, 2016  Governor Signs Student Data Privacy Law
May 24, 2016  Connecticut Legislature Passes Non-Compete Act Concerning Contracts With Physicians
April 2016  Communicating Protected Health Information Via Text Messaging
January 27, 2016  If You Provide Behavioral Health Services, Do the New HIPAA Reporting Rules Apply to You?
January 21, 2016  APCDs: One Solution to Obtaining Meaningful Performance Data
December 9, 2015  Stark Law Update
August 4, 2015  Doing Business With the State of Connecticut: A Guide to Data Privacy and Security Requirements
June 22, 2015  Conn. Seeks To Tighten Data Privacy Requirements
May 11, 2015  Achieving Diversity in Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials
February 9, 2015  Key Issues in Negotiating a Health Information Technology Agreement
January 2015  Going Live with a Patient Portal—Legal Risks and Operating Documents
December 12, 2014  Recent Data Breach Demonstrates the Importance of Attention to Software and IT Systems
November 14, 2014  Bill Roberts Quoted in CT Law Tribune Article, "Conn. Medical Records Ruling Could Have Widespread Impact"
November 11, 2014  Health and Human Services Addresses Ebola and Other Public Health Emergencies
October 2014  Reflecting America's Patient Population - The Need for Diversity in Clinical Trials
October 16, 2014  Proposed Revisions to Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors and Civil Monetary Penalty Provisions
September 2, 2014  CMS Proposes Short-Term Inpatient Admission Settlement Process for Hospitals
August 1, 2014  Connecticut Expands Transparency Reporting Obligations to APRNs
July 9, 2014  Connecticut Health Law 2014 Legislative Update
May 12, 2014  Health Law: HIPAA Breaches: Getting It Right
March 2014  Living with the Medical Device Excise Tax
February 3, 2014  CMS Delays the 2-Midnight Rule For At Least Another 2 Midnights
January 14, 2014  IRS Releases Further Guidance for Tax-Exempt Hospitals
January 3, 2014  A Primer on Bringing Traditional Chinese Medicine to the U.S. Market

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October 18, 2018  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers
August 7, 2018  William Roberts Recognized as a Hartford "40 Under Forty"
March 20, 2018  Bill Roberts Selected as InsurTech Hartford Mentor
January 13, 2018  Bill Roberts Quoted on Issues in Law Firm Data Breaches
October 17, 2017  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers
August 1, 2017  Bill Roberts Appointed to CT Health Data Collaborative
July 28, 2017  Bill Roberts Explains Health Care IT Balancing Act in Huffington Post
April 4, 2017  Joan Feldman and Bill Roberts Highlight Key Health Care Compliance Issues at Nat'l Conference
March 6, 2017  Cyber Security Program and Panelist Bill Roberts Emphasize Preventive Measures
January 23, 2017  Bill Roberts Quoted on Importance of Cybersecurity Risk Management Plans
January 10, 2017  Bill Roberts Weighs in on Increased Attempts to Steal W-2s
January 1, 2017  Firm Names New Partners: Michele Backus and William Roberts
December 20, 2016  Bill Roberts Quoted by Association of American Medical Colleges
October 26, 2016  Bill Roberts Suggests Quick Response to Student Data Breaches
October 18, 2016  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers
September 13, 2016  Bill Roberts Published in New Handbook by American Health Lawyers Association
August 19, 2016  Bill Roberts Offers New Guidance on Health Care Data Privacy
July 20, 2016  Health Law Daily Recaps HCCA Vendor Privacy Webinar Presented by Bill Roberts
July 11, 2016  Bill Roberts Quoted in Part B News on Recent HIPAA Breach
June 10, 2016   Bill Roberts Featured in Q&A on Data Privacy, Information Security and Preventing Breaches
October 19, 2015  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Super Lawyers
March 5, 2015  Bill Roberts Joins HIPAA Website as Commentator
November 14, 2014  Bill Roberts Comments on Medical Records Ruling
October 17, 2014  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Super Lawyers
September 17, 2014  ABA Appoints Bill Roberts as Business Law Section Envoy
September 15, 2014  October Data Privacy Summit

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October 25, 2018  Privacy and Data Security in a Globalized World: Cross-Border Issues and Trends
September 14, 2018  2018 Community Health Summit: Working Together for a Healthier Connecticut
August 7, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Compliance Checkup: NY DFS Cybersecurity Regulations
May 22, 2018  Model Agreements & Guidelines International (MAGI) Clinical Research Conference
April 18, 2018  What Independent Schools Need to Know About EUGDPR
April 13, 2018  Community Health Center Association of Connecticut
April 3, 2018  Independent School Webinar: Safeguarding Data - Developing a School Data Privacy and Security Program
March 15, 2018  Data Privacy for Public and Charter Schools: What Lies Ahead - Hartford
January 25, 2018  Digital Health - InsurTech With Benefits
November 30 - December 2, 2017  2017 TABS Annual Conference
July 18, 2017  Health Care Compliance Association Web Conference
June 23, 2017  Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT)
June 20, 2017  CT Community Nonprofit Alliance Behavioral Health Compliance Forum
May 23, 2017  Cybersecurity Threats: Are You Next?
April 21 2017  Sustaining the Transition to Value in a Time of Policy and Market Turmoil
March 26-29, 2017  Health Care Compliance Association's 21st Annual Compliance Institute
March 10, 2017  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2017 Public Sector Legal Update
March 1, 2017  The Next Generation of Cyber Security: It's Not Just About Firewalls and Antivirus Software Anymore
February 23, 2017  Recent Privacy and Security Developments in Human Subjects Research
February 22, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Safeguarding Your Business: Preventing and Responding to Data Breach and Cyber-liability
November 30 - December 2, 2016  OCR Audits Phase 2 With Real Life Experience - How to Navigate?
November 10, 2016  CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, Inc. Behavioral Health CFO Forum
October 23-26, 2016  MAGI's Clinical Research Conference - 2016 West
October 20, 2016  CT Technology Council 2016 IT Summit
September 20, 2016  CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, Inc. Compliance Roundtable
July 19, 2016  Vendor Privacy: Due Diligence and Contracting Solutions
June 27, 2016  Briefing on Public Act 16-189: An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy
June 15, 2016  Webinar: Managing HIPAA Data Breaches
May 2, 2016  HR's New Challenge: Cyber Security
April 9, 2016  American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting
March 23, 2016   Webinar: Telemedicine & eConsults - Where We Are Today and Where We're Going
February 23, 2016  CT HFMA: 2016 Legal Playbook: Best Practices to Keep Your Healthcare Operations on the Winning Side
December 11, 2015  Update on Data Privacy and Human Resources Law
December 2, 2015  Webinar: Business Associates: How to Differentiate Your Organization Using HIPAA Compliance
November 18, 2015  CT Technology Council 2015 IT Summit
November 9, 2015  Capitol Region Education Council - Technology Conference
September 24, 2015  Webinar: How to Effectively Negotiate a Business Associate Agreement: What's Important/What's Not
September 24, 2015  Data Security and Privacy Risk Management in a New World of Big Data Collection and Sharing
September 18, 2015  American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting
July 14, 2015  Webinar: HIPAA Compliance and Non-Business Associate Vendors - Strategies and Best Practices
June 11, 2015  Feldman & Roberts to Speak about The Physician Payments Sunshine Act
March 13, 2015  Right to Privacy & HIPAA
February 19, 2015  Webinar: How to Effectively Negotiate a Business Associate Agreement: What's Important/What's Not
February 12, 2015  CHCACT: Corporate Compliance Workgroup
January 20, 2015  HCBA: Business Associate Compliance - Keeping Your Own House in Order
January 14, 2015  Stage 2 Meaningful Use Audit: What You Need to Know
November 5, 2014  CT HFMA: Annual Healthcare Leaders Legal Update
October 16, 2014  Raiders of the Data Ark - Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Summit
October 9, 2014  CCPA: Establishing an Effective Compliance Program
May 30, 2014   LERA: Is it HIPAA or is it not?
May 22, 2014  CT CHAND: College Health Symposium
March 24, 2014  Regulatory Landscape for Life Sciences and Medical Products & FDA Approval and Insurance Reimbursement

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  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 2008, with honors
  • Colby College, B.A., 2002, with high honors

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