Cornell University, B.A.
Widener University School of Law, J.D.
United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District court Middle District of Pennsylvania
United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit
The Dubai International Finance Center Court
The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
The Army Court of Criminal Appeals
- Child Advocate at the Support Center for Child Advocates
- Downhill and Cross- Country Skiing
- Served as Operations Officer in US Army Reserve Unit
John F. Barrett is a member in the firm's Philadelphia office where he concentrates his practice on issues related to cyber liability and data privacy. He is the Chair of the firm's Privacy and Data Security practice group at Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLC, as well as the co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Transportation practice group. John is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. John has been working on issues related to data security and privacy in state and federal government since 1990. John clerked for the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania which hears all appeals from all PA agency action involving privacy and public information, including Pennsylvania’s open meeting laws.
John is a former Commonwealth employee who provided counsel to Pennsylvania state agencies (PLCB, PEMA, DMVA) with regard to issues under: Pennsylvania Criminal History Record Information Act (CHRIA), Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control, Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services System Act, the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control, the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act, the Pennsylvania Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act of 1966 and compliance of agency records and meetings with various “right-to-know” laws.
John has counseled entities that have suffered breaches, as well as working with clients to develop privacy related internal standard operating procedures (SOP), as well as developing their incident response guidelines. John has provided guidance to clients related to both physical and electronic controls of access to information systems (IS). John has worked on intellectual property matters for clients.
John is the firm’s Enterprise Risk Manager (ERM) where he oversees the firm’s enterprise risk management program. John is responsible for vendor screening and contract review/negotiation for adherence to firm privacy SOPs as well as external regulations. John is responsible for incident response and firm compliance with IS regulations and contracts. Thus, John is familiar with the real world data and privacy risks facing large and small public and private organizations.
John continues to serve in the Army Reserve providing guidance and training to his command (and its subordinate commands) on data security and privacy, such as: Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Federal Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), DOD data security regulations and most frequently, the Privacy Act of 1974, including preparation of internal SOPs to govern handling of those issues.
John also serves in the Army Reserve supporting AFRICOM where he frequently handles cargo claims under the Hamburg Rules and other carriage of goods by sea acts. John has significant experience in line haul operations having spent a year working on a multi-modal supply chain running from the port of Karachi, Pakistan to Karshi-Khanabad, Uzbekistan. John has investigated, prosecuted and defended cargo claims on behalf of the U.S. Government and private entities both domestically and overseas.
John is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York and he has been admitted to United States District Court for the Districts of New Jersey, Eastern and Middle Pennsylvania, Eastern and Southern New York, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Dubai International Finance Center Court, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
John received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1992 and clerked for the Honorable Joseph T. Doyle of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. from Cornell University. He is a 2014 graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Mr. Barrett has been rated “A-V Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell, their highest ethical standard.
Soft Targets Under Fire, Risk Management (Volume 61, Issue 2), March 2014
After the War - The Risks and Growing Insurance Demand in Post-Conflict Regions, Risk Management, Spotlight 2008
Adjusting for Mass Disaster, Risk Management, May 2006
Northeast Corporate Counsel Forum “Phishing & Social Engineering” 2018
Lloyd's Market Association “Cyber Law & Data Risk” 2016
Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLC New Jersey Insurance Defense Conference “Trends in New Jersey Cyber Law and Data Risk” 2016
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