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Reena R. Bajowala is a partner in Ice Miller’s Data Security & Privacy, Information Technology (IT) & Software Disputes and Benefit Disputes practices. Reena is a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional – US (CIPP/US). She is the Co-Recruiting Partner for the Chicago office and leads the Ice Miller Pro Bono program efforts in Illinois.

Reena represents buyers and providers of IT services embroiled in issues ranging from billing and performance disputes arising from Master Services Agreements and Service Level Agreements to copyright and licensing disputes pursuant to Software Licensing and SaaS agreements. Reena also protects the interests of companies during software licensing reviews or audits by software companies. While her goal is to resolve disputes pre-litigation, 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 also regularly advises on data privacy and security, with a focus on data breach, cybersecurity and InfoSec issues. She helps clients investigate, remediate and comply with legal obligations when faced with a data security incident, including in business email compromise, ransomware or wire transfer fraud scenarios. She is experienced with conducting risk assessments, developing privacy and security compliance programs, and doing proactive planning for potential data security incidents, including drafting incident response plans, communications plans and conducting tabletop exercises.  She also advises on issues of cyber literacy on public and private boards of directors. In addition, Reena helps evaluate legal risks relating to emerging technologies, including Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and drones.

With a broad-based background in complex dispute resolution, Reena is adept at dealing with the intricacies of class, collective and plan-wide litigation in the employment and consumer fraud spaces. In particular, she has substantial experience representing employers and service providers in benefits and fiduciary lawsuits involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

Reena is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Cyberspace Law Subcommittee, the CBA Financial and Emerging Technologies Committee, the Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force, the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Private Directors Association’s Cybersecurity Initiative. She also co-chairs the Drone Interest Group regulatory & legal subcommittee and is an advisory board member for Hub88, a technology incubator powered by 1871 in the Chicagoland area. She served on the Firm’s Ideation Committee, and now is a member of the Firm’s IMagine idea incubator.

Reena is an advocate for racial equity and access to justice. She serves on Ice Miller’s Racial Justice Task Force. She was appointed by the Lawyer’s Trust Fund of Illinois to Co-Chair a Working Group on Diversity & Inclusion, serves on the Emerging Leaders Council of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), and serves on the Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance’s Access to Justice Working Group. She also serves on the advisory board of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), and as Vice President of the board of the Albany Park Theater Project (APTP). Her previous board service includes the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Apna Ghar. While in law school, she founded the Origins Fellowship at the University of Michigan Law School, which has distributed almost $125,000 to dozens of students dedicated to careers in public interest.

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. She has also been recognized for her pro bono work on human trafficking, fair housing, civil rights and access to justice. In 2018, she received a Distinguished Alumni award from the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) and in 2014 she received the inaugural Corporate Partner Award from the Shriver Center on Poverty Law.

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.

Reena lives downtown Chicago with her husband, pre-teen daughter and Labrador-Pitbull rescue, Annie.

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  • "A Day in the Life of a Tech/Privacy Lawyer," South Asian Bar Association and North American South Asian Law Students Association, April 13, 2021 (virtual)
  • “Changing the Landscape/Shifting The View,” Ankura Cyber Diversity Spotlight, February 24, 2021 (virtual)
  • “Legal Essentials of Doing Business Online,” ECDI Women’s Business Centers, January 28, 2021 (virtual)
  • “Cybersecurity Webinar” with Magnitech & Ice Miller, January 26, 2021 (virtual)
  • “Partnering Problems: Vendor Negotiations, Third Parties and Legal Risk,” Ohio Credit Union League, December 10, 2020 (virtual)
  • “Proactive Cybersecurity Planning,” CForward, December 2, 2020 (virtual)
  • “Discussions on Women in Technology,” Association of Corporate Counsel - Chicago, October 29, 2020 (virtual)
  • “Women Leading Privacy” Discussion Leader, International Association of Privacy Professionals, October 22, 2020 and November 19, 2020 (virtual)
  • “Cybersecurity in M&A: Responding to Risk,”  AM&AA (Association of Mergers & Acquisitions Advisors) Virtual Summer Conference, August 6, 2020 (virtual)
  • “Life After the Curve:  Navigating Private Law Practice in the Era of COVID-19,”  South Asian Bar Association of Chicago, July 28, 2020 (virtual)
  • “Data Security/Privacy – What You NEED To Know!” and “A Typical Day in the Life of a Credit Manager – Examining Slow Pay and Other Issues Credit Managers Face:  Is It a Traditional Bankruptcy Issue, or Could a Data Security Issue Be Brewing Instead?” 2020 Portland Credit Retreat, Credit and Financial Development Division (CFDD) of the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), March 13, 2020 (Troutdale, OR)
  • “Data Privacy:  Get Behind the Headlines and Learn the Real Story,” CFDD Portland Chapter Meeting, March 12, 2020 (Portland, OR)
  • “Litigating Privacy: Smart Strategies to Curb Your Company’s (or Your Client’s) Exposure,” ABA Business Law Section’s Cyberspace Law Institute and Working Meeting, January 24, 2020 (Phoenix, AZ)
  • “Cyber Warfare,” Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force, November 20, 2019 (Chicago, IL)
  • “Blockchain in Healthcare,” Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, November 13, 2019 (Chicago, IL)
  • “Privacy 101,” Itron Utility Week 2019, October 14, 2019 (San Marco, FL)
  • “Data Security & Privacy in Private Equity,” Opus Connect NYC Chapter September Healthcare Summit, September 10, 2019 (New York, NY)
  • "A Lawyer's Guide to Responding to a Data Breach," DuPage County Bar Association Business Law MCLE Meeting, July 16, 2019 (Wheaton, IL)
  • "Technology and the Law," 7th Annual Minority Bar CLE Conference, June 28, 2019 (Chicago, IL)
  • "General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"): What is its Impact so Far, and Why U.S. Employers Should Care," ABA National Symposium on Technology in Labor & Employment Law, April 11, 2019 (Chicago, IL)
  • "IA Considerations in Light of Increasing Privacy Regulations Globally," 59th Annual Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Chicago Chapter Seminar, April 1, 2019 (Rosemont, IL)
  • "The BIPA Roller Coaster: BIPA Compliance and Mitigating Litigation Risk post-Six Flags," Ice Miller, RSM, FinTex and the CBA Financial and Emerging Technologies Committee, March 15, 2019 (webinar)
  • “Making a Difference: How You Can Get Engaged,” IL Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice, Law Student Leaders Access to Justice Summit, February 22, 2019 (Chicago, IL)
  • "Blockchain Can Help Lawyers – Inside and Out," American Bar Association Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, February 15, 2019 (San Antonio, TX)
  • "A Day in the Life of a Data Privacy and Security Lawyer," University of Notre Dame Law School, January 24, 2019 (Notre Dame, IN)
  • “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; October 6, 2020 (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 Electronic 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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