Reena R. Bajowala is a partner in Ice Miller’s Litigation Group, where her practice focuses on information technology, data security and privacy and employment matters. She regularly counsels and defends information technology (IT) companies, online and brick-and-mortar retailers, healthcare companies, manufacturers and transportation industry clients in technology-related and employment (ERISA and FLSA) disputes. 
 
Reena advises sellers and buyers of IT services with respect to their rights and defends them in disputes, under contract, tort, copyright and other laws. She assists clients with evaluating business decisions relating to call centers and data centers around the globe. Reena helps navigate clients through issues relating to emerging technologies, including blockchain and artificial intelligence. She also regularly advises clients on data privacy and security issues, including developing privacy and security programs, proactive planning to avoid or mitigate data security issues and defending data breach litigation. Reena is a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT).
 
With a demonstrated ability to deal with the intricacies of class, collective and plan-wide litigation, Reena defends employers and service providers in federal actions involving the FLSA and ERISA. She is adept at dealing with issues arising from the Class Action Fairness Act, Multi-District Litigation and hybrid action procedures. She also works with companies in consumer fraud and deceptive practice litigation and investigations. Reena has extensive litigation and trial experience from filing of complaint to settlement or verdict, including over 100 days of first-chair trial experience.

Reena regularly speaks and writes on topics relevant to her practice. She is a member of the CBA Financial and Emerging Technologies Committee, the Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is also an advisory board member for Hub88, a technology incubator in the Chicagoland area.

Reena received the "Best Under 40" award from NAPABA, the POW! award from Womenetics and a "Most Powerful and Influential Woman" award from the Illinois Diversity Council. She is a 2013 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. 
 
Reena is recognized for her public interest work in the areas of fair housing, civil rights and human trafficking. In 2018, she received a Distinguished Alumni award from PILI. In 2005, she founded the Origins Fellowship at the University of Michigan Law School, which has distributed almost $125,000 to dozens of students working to advance the public interest. She serves on the advisory board of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation. She also serves on the board of the Albany Park Theater Project. Her previous service includes the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), the National Immigrant Justice Center and Apna Ghar.

Reena joined the Firm in 2018 after spending almost 13 years as an associate and partner at an AmLaw 100 international law firm based in Chicago.
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  • "Illinois Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Key Biometric Data Privacy Suit," Biometric Update, November 20, 2018
  • "Illinois High Court Set to Shape Biometric Privacy Litigation," Law360, November 19, 2018
  • “An Inch, 3% Or 10 Calories: Which Is Material?” Law360, October 6, 2017
  • “Since Ill. law applied to Facebook, expect more BIPA lawsuits,” LegalNewsLine, July 5, 2016
  • “What Sort of Risk is Enough to Place Information Under Seal?” Daily Journal, April 14, 2016
  • “ERISA Answer Book,” Practicing Law Institute, 2013, 2018 edition pending publication
  • "The Final Chapter of the Stock Drop Story? Judicial Considerations from Final Adjudications in Three Stock Drop Cases," Benefits Law Journal, Summer 2011
 
 
Speaking Engagements
  • “Demystifying ‘the Cloud’: A Practical Road Map to Help Companies Set Cloud Strategy,” Crowe Year-End CPE Seminar, December 14, 2018 (Columbus, OH)
  • “Internet of Things and Everything As A Service: The Convergence of Security, Privacy and Products Liability,” IG3 (ING3ENIOUS) West, December 3, 2018 (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • “Has Skynet Finally Arrived? Artificial Intelligence and the Law of the Future,” 2018 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Conference, November 10, 2018 (Chicago, IL)
  • “The Journey: Panel with STEAM Leaders,” STEAMfest @ Hub88, November 9, 2018 (Naperville, IL)
  • “Privacy and the Future of Data Regulation,” RSM 2018 Risk Advisory Executive Forum, November 1, 2018 (Chicago, IL)
  • “Your Expert is Your Friend: How to Effectively Deliver Expert Testimony,” ABA Section of Litigation, Woman Advocate Committee Regional CLE Program: Raising the Bar, October 11, 2018 (Chicago, IL)
  • "Digital Security and Ethical Obligations,” PLI’s Illinois Basic Skills for Newly Admitted Attorneys, October 1, 2018 (Chicago, IL)
  • "Global Cyber Security and Data Privacy - A Look at GDPR, Managing an International Privacy Program and Cross-Border Data Transfer," ABA Business Law Section Meeting, September 14, 2018 (Austin, TX)
  • "Fault and Fairness: Navigating the Legal Issues of Artificial Intelligence, IoT and Other Emerging Technologies," Hub88 Tech Talk, September 12, 2018 (Naperville, IL)
  • "Cybersecurity Legal Update," Chicago Elecronic Crimes Task Force, August 29, 2018 (Chicago, IL)
  • "Incorporating Pro Bono Into Your Career," Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), August 8, 2018 (Chicago, IL)
  • "Emerging Technology: Data Privacy in the Legal Industry," Thomson Reuters, May 23, 2018 (Chicago, IL)
  • “Revamping Employee Data, Cloud & Social Media Policies and Training to Mitigate Legal Risks,” 18th Annual SuperConference, May 22, 2018 (Chicago, IL)
  • "The Future of Blockchain," MER Conference, Plenary Session, May 7-9, 2018 (Chicago, IL)
  • “Avoiding and, If Necessary, Defending Information Technology Disputes,” ApexCLE, December 14, 2017 (Online)
  • “Newbie Litigation School: Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Refresher and Appellate Procedure 101, Financial Poise,” September 28, 2016; October 11, 2017 (Webinar)
  • “Wrangling Witnesses – Real World Advice on Successful Depositions,” South Asian Bar Association of North America Convention, July 15, 2017 (Washington, DC)
  • “How to Navigate Federal and State Practice and Procedure, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity," Fellows Alumni Conference, June 24, 2016 (Chicago, IL)
  • “Forensic Challenges: Cloud and Mobile Devices," Chicago Association of Litigation Support Managers, February 25, 2016 (Chicago, IL)
  • “Litigating India-US Cross Border Disputes," Society of Indian Law Firms, February 18, 2016 (New Dehli, India)
  • "Origins Banquet," Asian Pacific American Law Student Association at the University of Michigan Law School, March 26, 2015 (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • “Third Annual Leadership Roundtable,” Illinois Diversity Council, June 5, 2014 (Deerfield, IL)
  • “Class Action or Bust,” Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention, September 5, 2013 (Denver, CO)
  • “Recent Developments in Employee Benefits: Litigate: What Cases Might Affect My Clients?” Chicago Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee, March 12, 2013 (Chicago, IL)
  • “Women’s Leadership Coalition Roundtable,” Northwestern University Law School, January 22, 2013 (Chicago, IL)
  • “Hot Topics in Worker Classifications,” North American South Asian Bar Association National Conference, June 25, 2011 (Los Angeles, CA)
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