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Martha Kohlstrand is an associate in Ice Miller’s Litigation and Data Security and Privacy Groups. She handles commercial litigation, data security matters, class actions, and compliance matters. Her experience includes data breach response and incident planning, GDPR compliance, cryptocurrency matters, TCPA litigation, and ADA website compliance. Martha further assists clients in providing data security training to their employees and has twice been on the planning committee for DRI's cybersecurity conference, this year as co-marketing chair.  
She graduated cum laude from Northwestern Law in 2013 where she was on the staff of Northwestern’s Journal of International Law and Business. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Bowling Green State University. Prior to joining Ice Miller, Martha was an associate at the Chicago office of an international law firm, where she began her practice.
Martha is very active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an organization whose mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and its complications. Her passion and commitment to JDRF began when her son was diagnosed with T1D at age 7. She is a member of JDRF Illinois' Young Leadership Committee and also serves on the Auction Committee for JDRF's One Dream Gala in Chicago. Martha also volunteers in the area of special education law. 
On weekends, she can often be found at either Bowling Green or Northwestern football games, enjoying the theater or attending live music events.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Craftwood Lumber Co. v. Horizon Glob. Corp., No. 1:17-CV-7024, 2018 WL 6920394 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 12, 2018)
  • A Custom Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. v. Kabbage, Inc., 2018 WL 488257 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 18, 2018)
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Fingerprints, Voiceprints, and Lawsuits, Oh My! What You Need to Know About the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA)
Many companies use fingerprints or other biometric identifiers for employee or customer identification. Yet such activities can open the door to lawsuits based upon the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA). Recently, the legal world has seen an avalanche of these lawsuits. Why are BIPA lawsuits suddenly so popular? What can companies do to protect themselves? And if a company is hit by a BIPA suit, what should it do and what should it expect? Join us for this interesting and timely discussion exploring these questions and more.

Presented at the DRI Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Seminar in Chicago, September 5-7, 2018.
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