William Roberts is a partner in Shipman & Goodwin LLP’s Health Law Practice Group and is the Chair of the firm’s Privacy and Data Protection team.
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. In addition, organizations operating in the health care sector must be mindful of specific regulatory obligations that influence how organizations provide services, sell products and develop new ventures and ideas. 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 sector. In doing so, he assists health care providers (including hospitals, independent school health centers and behavioral health clinics), health insurers, and health information technology firms (including mobile app developers, telemedicine providers and EHR 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 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) and state attorneys general. In addition, Bill counsels clients regarding compliance with an entire alphabet soup of privacy laws and regulations, including:
Health care sector businesses and organizations also work with Bill to devise solutions to regulatory challenges, including with respect to fraud and abuse concerns (e.g. the Stark law and anti-kickback statute), life science product development (e.g. conducting human subjects research or performing clinical trials), and representation before state and federal health care regulatory bodies (e.g. state departments of health and the HHS OIG).
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.
In addition to advising corporate privacy officers, he is one - Bill serves as the Firm’s Privacy Officer and is Chair of the Firm’s Information Privacy and Security Committee.
Aside from helping his busy clients, Bill is a father and lifelong skier.
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