Michelle Schaap | Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
Michelle Schaap practices cybersecurity and corporate law. Within corporate law, she primarily practices in construction, franchising, and renewable energy – representing a varied client base that ranges from Fortune 500 companies to closely-held businesses.
Combining her technology and corporate experience, Michelle has spearheaded and developed CSG’s cybersecurity practice. She regularly advises clients on cybersecurity preparedness, counsels clients when data security incidents arise and trains companies on best practices for security procedures addressing both their business operations and their customers’ concerns. Michelle assesses her clients’ risk management practices and security incident preparedness to develop a proactive response and recovery plan enacted to recover from security breaches. Additionally, Michelle works with clients in contract review, drafting and negotiation in critical areas of privacy and security.
Michelle is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, awarded from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, with a concentration on U.S. private-sector law (CIPP/US).
Within the construction industry, Michelle negotiates complex agreements – including construction management, architect and design-build agreements. Her extensive experience includes multimillion-dollar biotech research facilities, design-build agreements for amusement rides, and working with various clients to develop form agreements for planned expansion. Complementary to Michelle’s construction work is her experience negotiating solar facility agreements – including power purchase agreements and engineering, procurement and construction agreements.
Michelle works closely with both technology developers and companies seeking to acquire technologies – whether by custom development, license, subscription or otherwise. Michelle’s experience overseeing these transactions enhances efficiency and ensures that the agreement appropriately protects her clients. She educates her clients on potential risks and liabilities and provides best practices to help manage and mitigate such exposure.
Frank Xavier Wukovits | Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
Frank Xavier Wukovits practices with the firm’s Corporate & Securities Group.
Frank handles a range of corporate matters, including mergers & acquisitions, venture capital, debt and equity financings, and general corporate matters including business formation, governance, and compliance.
Frank also dedicates his practice to working with clients to develop solutions to issues at the intersection of law, business, and technology often involving corporate compliance, cybersecurity, data privacy, data analytics, and forensics. This includes identifying and mitigating risks to an organization’s core business functions, leading vulnerability, and risk assessments, investigating and responding to data breaches, protecting organizational assets and systems, and implementing effective security protocols, policies, and procedures.
Prior to joining CSG Law, Frank worked as an associate at a multi-service health law firm. In this role, he litigated complex disputes in federal, state, appellate, and arbitration proceedings ranging from contract disputes to class actions and federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) proceedings. Additionally, Frank counseled clients on risk management practices pursuant to corporate structure, healthcare, information technology, and privacy & cybersecurity matters. He also structured and reviewed various contracts and agreements between clients and their partners, vendors, and business associates.
While in law school, Frank served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Esther Salas, United States District Court, District of New Jersey, as well as the Honorable Thomas J. Walsh, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Civil Part. Frank also interned for the Federal Trade Commission, the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Section of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, and a Fortune 500 company ranked as one of the world’s largest IT management services firms.
Frank received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law with a concentration in Data Privacy & Security. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Colgate University.
Wasim K. Bleibel | Locke Lord
Wasim Bleibel represents pharmaceutical, biotechnology, beverage, software and energy companies in intellectual property litigation, intellectual property strategy and regulatory matters. He has significant experience representing clients in patent infringement litigation arising under the Hatch-Waxman Act and advising on related regulatory matters before the Food and Drug Administration, such as market exclusivity issues and Citizen Petitions. He also regularly advises clients on compliance with the laws and regulations enforced by the Federal Trade Commission and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
Wasim also has significant experience involving patent and trademark litigation and prosecution in other areas, including mechanical engineering, chemical formulations and medical devices.
Wasim also has experience in seed and agricultural biotechnology matters representing clients from seed producers to seed dealers and distributors, seedsmen’s errors and omissions insurers.
Prior to his legal career, Wasim was a senior research scientist at the University of Chicago, where he worked to identify genetic determinants contributing to a patient’s sensitivity to chemotherapeutic agents. His contributions resulted in his laboratory being the first to demonstrate that drug sensitivity to chemotherapy is a heritable genetic trait and that these responses vary between and amongst populations.