BakerHostetler counsel Lynn Sessions and partner Theodore Kobus III received the 2013 Distinguished Law Firm Writing Award from the Burton Foundation for Legal Achievement for their article, “The Anatomy of a Healthcare Data Breach,” published in the June 2012 edition of American Health Lawyers Association’s monthly members’ magazine, Connections.

The Burton Awards, in association with the Library of Congress, honors partners and counsel in law firms who use plain, clear and concise language in their writing. Thirty winners were chosen from nominations submitted by 1,000 of the country’s largest and most prestigious law firms. The 14th annual Burton Awards event will be held at the Library of Congress on June 3, 2013.

In their article, written for the health and life sciences legal community, Sessions and Kobus noted that HHS has demonstrated a willingness to investigate and hold healthcare organizations accountable for not having privacy prevention and response plans in place. Therefore, after advising healthcare providers and related entities to take appropriate action to ensure they are compliant with federal and state healthcare privacy regulations, Sessions and Kobus discussed the costs, notification requirements and suggestions for prevention of a healthcare data breach.

Sessions is a member of the Healthcare Industry and Privacy and Data Protection Teams. Kobus is National Co-Leader of BakerHostetler’s Privacy and Data Protection Team.