Defending Your Online Reputation – C06

General Session Track
Media and the Law Section

Session C: 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Attendees will learn how to defend and protect their online reputations and how to respond to attacks. 


James W. Bergenn, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford

Attorney Bergenn is a partner at Shipman & Goodwin, practice is comprised of complex criminal and civil litigation, including white collar crime and government investigations, substantial personal injury and wrongful death cases, and other trials involving substantial consequences. With more than 30 years of experience as a trial attorney and instructor, he is called upon regularly to use his trial skills, and experience with investigations and experts in diverse significant cases.

Jim handles a wide range of criminal cases, representing targets of investigations, criminal defendants, grand jury and other witnesses, and corporate and individual victims of crimes. He works in cases prosecuted by the gamut of federal, state and local authorities, such as the US Attorney’s Office, The Chief State’s Attorney’s Office, State and Federal Grand Juries, the FBI, the State Police, the SEC, the DEA, the ATF, the DOD, the IRS, the FDA, the FTC, the Office of Inspector General for various Federal Agencies, the various state regulators such as the Attorney General, the DEP, the DOH, the DMR, the DCF, the Office of Consumer Protection, and the local police.

In the Personal Injury area, he represents people in all types of personal injury cases including accidents involving motor vehicles and motorcycles, products and premises liability, construction accidents, drownings, boating accidents environmental hazards and medical malpractice. He handles sexual assault cases on behalf of both adult and children victims. The injuries in the cases he has prosecuted include death, burns, RSD, paralysis, blindness and Legionnaire’s disease. He uses technology to help jurors understand in simple terms what might otherwise be complex, including video reconstruction, videotaped depositions, and clear use of illustrations, charts, maps and highlighted documentary evidence. Most of his cases use expert witnesses, including accident reconstruction experts, and economic and medical experts to establish damages.

Stephen Nevas, Nevas Law Group, Westport

Attorney Nevas brings years of experience at the national and regional levels to assisting clients with a broad variety of needs.   He continues to defend the rights of actors, writers, musicians, artists, journalists and news organizations.   His experience encompasses the protection and licensing of trademarks and copyright, defense and prosecution of slander and libel, protection of privacy,  use of Freedom of Information laws, zoning, land use, the sale of real estate and estate administration. The Nevas Law Group maintains strategic affiliations with attorneys known for their reputation with highly sophisticated problems. Steve’s practice draws on years as a network correspondent, investigative reporter, law school professor and network executive. He served as counsel to a major food company and its charitable foundation. He appears in state and federal trial and appellate courts.




Mark McDaniel, Cybersecurity Consultant, Easton


Andrea Obston, Andrea Obston Marketing & Communications, Bloomfield

Attorney Obston brings three decades of experience in public relations and marketing to her accounts.  She founded the firm in 1982 to offer mid-sized clients the kinds of marketing advantages that enable large corporations to gain a competitive edge. Since its inception, Andrea has handled local and national accounts ranging from insurance products to publicity for an astronaut. Before starting her own firm, Andrea worked at a large advertising firm heading up the PR Department. Among the accounts she handled were Advest, Union Trust, 7-UP, the Farley Company and the Connecticut State Lottery. Prior to that, she was an internal marketing consultant for The Travelers Companies. One of her programs, marketing financial services to women, was responsible for a 95% increase in business in this market segment. In 2005, Andrea was named the outstanding Connecticut Woman Business Owner of the Year by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She was also honored by The Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce, when she was named the 1998 Small Business Leader of the year.

Andrea is a contributing author to the 2012 book Media Magnetism – How to Attract the Favorable Publicity You Want and Deserve. Andrea is an adjunct professor in the public relations department of Quinnipiac University’s School of Communication.  She is an active public speaker and has presented programs for the American Waterworks Association, the Connecticut Bankers Association, the Connecticut Association for Home Care & Hospice, the Connecticut Bar, the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, University of Connecticut MBA program and Hartford College for Women, Greater Bridgeport and Waterbury Foundations and Progressive Business Conferences. She has an MBA in marketing from the University of Connecticut and her bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in public relations and public communications from Boston University.

William J. Roberts, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford

Attorney 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.
CLE Credit: 1.5 Hours (LPM)