Elizabeth (“Lisa”) B. Vandesteeg, partner at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger, is a legal team leader and tactical advisor for businesses. Coming from a commercial litigation background, her practice is focused on risk identification and mitigation for her clients, primarily in the areas of business continuity and business tort, data security and privacy, and bankruptcy and restructuring.
Lisa counsels businesses in a wide variety of industries on issues that arise on a day-to-day basis, such as contracting with third parties or partnership/ownership disputes. She often adds value by acting in an external general counsel role. And as a business litigator, she represents clients on both offense and defense, in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts, in municipal and administrative proceedings, and using alternative dispute resolution processes.
She also has experience in nearly every facet of commercial bankruptcy and restructuring, having represented debtors, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, and unsecured creditors’ committees. Within the bankruptcy arena, she has prosecuted complex adversary and contested litigation matters including, among others, actions to pierce the corporate veil, to undo fraudulent transfers, and to avoid liens.
When it comes to data security and privacy issues, Lisa assists clients in the development of reasonable and appropriate data security and privacy programs, appropriate for their specific business needs and legal requirements. This includes the drafting and implementation of a company’s broad information security program, and related policies related to use of technology, mobile devices, or document retention. She also advises clients on compliance with various regulatory and statutory requirements, including GLBA, HIPAA, TCPA, CAN-SPAM, and the New York State cybersecurity regulation applicable to financial and insurance institutions. Lisa has passed the exam to be a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US).
Lisa has also been recognized as one of the 40 Under 40 attorneys to watch by both the ABI and the Chicago Law Bulletin.