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Craig S. Horbus

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Craig is a partner in Brouse McDowell’s Corporate & Securities, Business Restructuring, and Real Estate Practice Groups. Known for his strong business acumen, Craig has a proven ability to provide candid, innovative, client first legal advice to assist corporate clients in achievement of company mission, vision, strategy, and succession goals to advance business operations.

Craig has substantial experience representing companies of varying sizes, scope and industry serving as outside general counsel and a trusted business advisor, especially as it relates to cybersecurity and data privacy. His practice has evolved to include acting as counsel to companies through data breaches, ransomware, and malware, hacking and phishing attacks.

In the event of a breach, Craig works in tandem with his client, law enforcement, and forensics and insurance providers to maintain business operations, file appropriate notifications, and negotiate recovery if the need arises. Proactively, Craig works with organizations to design their pre-breach cybersecurity plans, and he provides counsel on data privacy transactions and contract and cyber liability insurance reviews. 

Craig is a skilled negotiator whose candid and straightforward counsel has proved invaluable to his clients in a multitude of complex transaction situations. He also works with internet and technology-based businesses to advise them on the ever-changing and emerging legal issues in today’s technology world. As part of his practice, Craig also represents corporate interests in intellectual property filings and transactions involving the United States Patent and Trademark Office and United States Copyright Office.

As a business and community leader with many years of experience Craig maintains a focus on positively impacting his community, while providing counsel, leadership and sound legal strategy to companies.

  • Biography

    Craig is a partner in Brouse McDowell’s Corporate & Securities, Business Restructuring, and Real Estate Practice Groups. Known for his strong business acumen, Craig has a proven ability to provide candid, innovative, client first legal advice to assist corporate clients in achievement of company mission, vision, strategy, and succession goals to advance business operations.

    Craig has substantial experience representing companies of varying sizes, scope and industry serving as outside general counsel and a trusted business advisor, especially as it relates to cybersecurity and data privacy. His practice has evolved to include acting as counsel to companies through data breaches, ransomware, and malware, hacking and phishing attacks.

    In the event of a breach, Craig works in tandem with his client, law enforcement, and forensics and insurance providers to maintain business operations, file appropriate notifications, and negotiate recovery if the need arises. Proactively, Craig works with organizations to design their pre-breach cybersecurity plans, and he provides counsel on data privacy transactions and contract and cyber liability insurance reviews. 

    Craig is a skilled negotiator whose candid and straightforward counsel has proved invaluable to his clients in a multitude of complex transaction situations. He also works with internet and technology-based businesses to advise them on the ever-changing and emerging legal issues in today’s technology world. As part of his practice, Craig also represents corporate interests in intellectual property filings and transactions involving the United States Patent and Trademark Office and United States Copyright Office.

    As a business and community leader with many years of experience Craig maintains a focus on positively impacting his community, while providing counsel, leadership and sound legal strategy to companies.

  • Professional & Civic Activities
    • Akron Bar Association, Member
    • Akron Bar Association Foundation, Fellow
    • Federal Bar Association, Member
    • Torchbearers Alumni Board, Member
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, 2004-Present
    • Florida State Bar Association, Member, 2005-Present
    • Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, 2015
    • Leadership Akron, Board Member, 2015
    • Akron Bar Association Bar Applicant Review Committee, 2009-2015
    • Akron Bar Association Grievance Sub-Committee, 2010-2014
    • Akron Bar Association Former President, AB Initio Section, 2009-2010; Former Chair, New Lawyers Committee, 2006-2008
    • Law Explorers Program, Venturing Crew Advisor, Boy Scouts of America, 2007-2010
    • Akron Bar Association Board of Trustees, Former Member
    • Torchbearers, Past President and Former Board Member
    • Julie Billiart Schools, Akron – Board Member, 2016-Present
    • Men Who Cook Event – Summa/Summit County – 2015
    • Family Child Learning Center – Akron Children’s Hospital Strides for Autism, 2014-2015
  • Articles & Presentations
    • "BEC Scams and Tips to Avoid Being a Victim," Co-Author Hanne-Lore M. Gambrell, Cybersecurity, Brouse McDowell Client Alert  (May 13, 2019)
    • "Google v. Oracle and the Battle to Protect Software Via Copyright," IPWatchdog (May 1, 2019)
    • "Could You Survive a Data Breach?," speaker, Business Technology Forecast (April 30, 2019)
    • "Lawmakers Draft Bi-Partisan Bill to Enhance Internet of Things Security," Co-Author Hanne-Lore M. Gambrell, Cybersecurity, Brouse McDowell Client Alert (April 2, 2019)
    • "Data Privacy Alert: Businesses Will Likely Bear the Brunt of US Federal Privacy Law," Co-Author Hanne-Lore M. Gambrell, Cybersecurity, Brouse McDowell Client Alert (March 26, 2019)
    • "TikTok to Pay $5.7 Million for Violating COPPA," Co-Author Hanne-Lore Gambrell, Cybersecurity, Brouse McDowell Client Alert (March 13, 2019)
    • "Congress Considering National Privacy Legislation," Co-Author Hanne-Lore Gambrell, Cybersecurity, Brouse McDowell Client Alert (March 5, 2019)
    • "Legal Issues Regarding IIOT and A/I In The Manufacturing Industry," speaker, Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Survey: Results Rollout Event (February 19, 2019)
    • "Lost Passwords Could Lead to $190 Million Gone Forever," Co-Author Hanne-Lore Gambrell, Cybersecurity, Brouse McDowell Client Alert (February 15, 2019)
    • “Cyberattacks on the Rise – No. 1 Challenge Facing Businesses Today,” Co-Author Hanne-Lore Gambrell, Cybersecurity, Brouse McDowell Client Alert  (February 12, 2019)
    • "Serious About Cyber Security," Smart Business News (January 2019)
    • “Cyber Security & GDPR,” co-speaker with Lucas Blower, Association of Corporate Counsel Northeast Ohio Chapter CLE Seminar (November 27, 2018)
    • “An ounce of Prevention – How to protect your online reputation,” Smart Business Magazine (May 2010)
    • “3 Questions – Technology Law,” Smart Business Magazine  (April 2010)
    • Leadership Akron – CLI Speaker
    • “Lost at Sea – Metadata in the Legal World,” Akron Bar Association –CLE Presentation
    • “Professionalism and the Internet for Attorney’s,” Akron Bar Association – CLE Presentation
    • “Technology Law & The Business World – Protecting your Clients in Cyberspace,” Akron Bar Association – CLE Presentation
    • Torchbearers Leadership Presentations
  • Representative Engagements
    • Multiple license and intellectual property based transactions involving trademarks, software code and customer data between commercial/technology industries;
    • Prepared, reviewed and revised thousands of transactional documents including purchase and acquisition, sales, NDA’s, supplier/vendor, retail, marketing, private label, licensing, commercial/ground lease, information technology, commercial rights, fiber optic, managed services, cyber risk, insurance, Federal/State compliance, co-location, business continuity, data center, software, internet, right of ways, easements, technology data ownership, metadata and has negotiated and drafted settlement and release documents pertaining to the above;
    • Prepared, reviewed and revised commercial based privacy policies, terms and conditions of use, security agreements and disclaimers for technology services (SaaS and cloud based) and software/data applications for multiple national based internet and web application companies;
    • Negotiated the release of data/source code for a billion dollar national company which was being held hostage by a former co-location data facility which incorporated website application source code on a design project;
    • Multiple source code negotiated transactions and dispute resolution involving code ownership;
    • Prepared, reviewed and revised facilities management agreements including vendor and supplier agreements;
    • Software application development based projects for commercial builds including review and platting of the design, coding, privacy, and compliance;
    • Assisted in the drafting, researching and reviewing of engineering design build contracts and provisions for large scale commercial based projects in excess of $20 million dollars;
    • Extensive experience with municipalities and government agencies in planning and completing projects and resolving permitting and/or zoning/use issues for commercial projects;
    • Work involving multi-million dollar Utica shale energy land acquisition, sale and transfer transactions and agreements involving tens of thousands of acres of land in the Ohio Utica shale region including chain of title review, dispute resolution and lease rights involving national and local based oil & gas companies;
    • Creation of all transactional documents for county land bank including purchase/sale, municipal agency, abatement, donation, grant, lot, side lot, and service, demolition, and development agreements;
    • Technology real estate projects including design build construction of data center and co-location facility build outs, operations and network fiber optic cable negotiations;
    • Multitude of corporate transactional projects including, acquisition, sale and transfer transactions, which included due diligence review, closing contracts, risk management, compliance, privacy, employment, and corporate resolution documents and governance;
    • Experience with retail business operations selling direct to consumer;
    • Extensive research and computer skills for legal and regulatory compliance based projects;
    • Hands on technology experience including management of entire network infrastructures and conversion over to cloud based systems saving thousands on capital improvements for law firm.
  • Distinctions
    • Rising Stars™ through a peer- and achievement-based review conducted by the research team at Super Lawyers®, a service of Thomson Reuters legal division — 2013-2018
    • Recognized as a '30 for the Future' Young Professional award recipient by the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce — 2014
    • Chair of the Year Award, Ab Initio Section Akron Bar Association — 2010
    • Honored as a “Fellow,” Akron Bar Foundation — 2009
    • Board of Trustee Service Award, Akron Bar Association — 2007