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Bowie & Jensen expanding cybersecurity law practice with new partner

‘The cyber stuff touches quite a bit of what we do,’ says Matthew A.S. Esworthy, a new partner at Bowie & Jensen LLC in Towson. ‘Our sweet spot is the privately held businesses that don’t want to pay $900 per hour for their legal services.’ (Submitted photo)

‘The cyber stuff touches quite a bit of what we do,’ says Matthew A.S. Esworthy, a new partner at Bowie & Jensen LLC in Towson. ‘Our sweet spot is the privately held businesses that don’t want to pay $900 per hour for their legal services.’ (Submitted photo)

Cybersecurity is an integral part of running a business. Regardless of what they’re selling, most businesses at the very least have a website, after all.

“If you think about any business, more and more of their business is being tied to technology. Securing that technology becomes critical,” said Matt Hjortsberg, managing partner at Bowie & Jensen LLC.

To better serve the cybersecurity needs of large and small businesses, the Towson firm recently brought on Matthew A.S. Esworthy as a partner to expand that practice area.

Esworthy, formerly of Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler in Baltimore, will attempt to bridge the gap between businesses and law enforcement in cybersecurity matters. He has a background in litigation, white-collar criminal defense and a range of other practice areas within business law.

Esworthy also is involved with the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice section and chairman of the ABA’s Cyber Crime Committee. He frequently gives presentations on cybersecurity.

“People have a hard time defining what cybersecurity is. It means different things to different people,” Esworthy said.

At the ABA, cybersecurity used to focus on child pornography cases. Recently, however, ransomware and data breaches have come to the forefront of cybersecurity law, Esworthy said.

“More and more,” Hjortsberg said, “you’re seeing cybersecurity issues pop up in terms of transactional issues, liability issues and sometimes insurance related issues. We’re seeing an increase in our client base and Matt (Esworthy) along with his litigation background has this cyber expertise that will compliment what we have.”

In the course of representing businesses, Esworthy has worked with the Secret Service, FBI and other law enforcement bodies, getting a glimpse of cutting-edge technology in the process.

He worked on similar matters with William A. McComas, now a partner at Bowie & Jensen, when the two were at Shaprio Sher. When McComas moved, Esworthy wanted to join forces again.

“Everybody here is a big-firm person who saw the light and jumped ship and wanted to come here,” Esworthy said.

Bowie & Jensen’s cyber practice wants to represent businesses of all sizes through incident response, making sure businesses are in compliance with cyber regulations, and provide web-based assistance at a lower rate, Esworthy said.

“The cyber stuff touches quite a bit of what we do,” he said. “Our sweet spot is the privately held businesses that don’t want to pay $900 per hour for their legal services.”


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