F. Paul Greene

  • Rochester and New York City
  • 585.231.1435
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Paul brings years of experience to bear handling complex litigation matters in highly regulated industries. He provides clients with strategies to prevent, address, and resolve disputes in areas including privacy and data security, health care, and construction claims and design professional defense.

As chair of the Firm’s Privacy and Data Security practice group, Paul counsels clients of all sizes in a wide range of industries concerning all aspects of pre-breach preparation and risk management, including security and vulnerability assessments, policy and procedure review, breach response planning and drills, as well as board and management education on cyber risk issues. After the breach, Paul, his team, and the team’s professional consultants provide a full array of breach coach and response services, including breach response and remediation, crisis management and communication, internal and governmental investigations, breach notification, and potential litigation or regulatory action.

Paul’s health care practice has placed him at the forefront of Medicaid reimbursement litigation against New York State in the long-term care space, litigating state-wide to champion the rights of long-term care providers.

Paul’s construction and design professional experience includes construction projects and improvements, both public and private, of all sizes. He has extensive experience with public authority improvements, including performance and payment bond claims. Specific industry experience includes water delivery and processing systems, landfills, and construction of medical facilities.

Paul’s clients have included long-term and health care providers, insurers, and groups; Fortune 100 companies; a major credit card and travel-related services company; an international shipping and logistics company; an international printing and packaging company; a health care trade association; an agricultural cooperative; a public water authority; design professionals and construction companies; automotive dealers of all sizes; as well as closely held businesses and individuals.

He has litigated in numerous venues, including the Supreme Court of the State of New York (both on the trial and appellate level, as well as before the New York State Court of Appeals), United States District Courts around the country, the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. He also devotes a significant portion of his time to pro-bono representation and support of cultural organizations.

Fluent in German, Paul has also represented a number of German-language clients in commercial disputes before American judicial and arbitral tribunals.


  • Assistant Chancellor, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
  • Member, Constitution and Cannons Committee, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
  • Board of Directors, Episcopal Senior Life Communities
  • Senior Warden, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Honeoye Falls, NY 2011-2012
  • Former Board Member, Mercury Opera Rochester


  • Recognized by Chambers USA 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the field of Litigation
  • Recipient, “Up and Coming Attorneys” Award, The Daily Record, June 2015
  • New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® 2015 Pro Bono Honoree
  • William McKnight Volunteer Service Award for distinguished pro bono service to the community, 2012
  • Empire State Counsel Honoree, New York State Bar Association, 2010, 2011


  • Representing a major credit card and travel-related services company concerning cyber security and breach-related litigation and indemnification issues.
  • Representing an automotive dealership group concerning potential breach of its customer database.
  • Representing a regional long-term care group concerning a breach of employee information.
  • Counselling a higher education institution concerning improper distribution of student data.
  • Providing pre-breach consulting services for publically traded companies and a utility.
  • Representing a New York based marketing and media company in a dispute with an international pizza chain. The parties were engaged in a contract dispute concerning a nationwide marketing campaign, and Paul helped obtain dismissal of a pre-emptive suit by the pizza chain in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
  • Representing a California-based health care risk retention group and enforced an arbitration clause specifying venue in California, in a personal injury action commenced in Queens, New York.
  • Representing a public water authority in a suit by a contractor alleging $9 million in damages for improper contract termination. Obtained a summary judgement granting the authority liquidated damages for the contractor’s project delay.
  • Representing a state-wide group of long-term care providers against the State of New York claiming improper withholding of tens of millions in Medicaid reimbursement funds. Obtained an order compelling the State to cease its withholding of the funds.
  • Representing an automotive dealer in relation to a commercial fraud claim, obtaining summary judgment in the dealer’s favor with a money judgment in excess of $500,000.


  • Featured in, “New York State Tweaks Final Cybersecurity Regulations,” New York Law Journal, March 2, 2017
  • Featured in, “IRS, experts warn firms of all sizes about scams,” Rochester Business Journal, February 10, 2017
  • Featured in, “New cybersecurity regulations need clarification,” Rochester Business Journal, November 11, 2016


  • Author, “Final DFS Cybersecurity Regulations: Questions of Scope and Effect Linger,” New York Law Journal, March 1, 2017
  • Author, "Expansive Cyber Security Regulations Enter Into Effect in New York State," Cyber Security Practitioner, March 2017
  • Author, “New Regulations Add to Complexity of Cybersecurity Compliance,” New York Law Journal, October 24, 2016
  • Author, "The Big Data Breach - For the Rest of Us," Buffalo Business First, August 26, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Pace of Complexity Quickens in Cyber Security Landscape," Buffalo Law Journal, June 29, 2016
  • Author, "Cyber Security in Medicine: It’s Not Just HIPAA, Anymore," Monroe County Medical Society's The Bulletin, June 2016
  • Author, “FTC Can Regulate Data Security, But It's Not a Blank Check,” New York Law Journal, May 5, 2014
  • Contributing author to the HSE Privacy and Data Security Blog


  • "The Cross-Border Conundrum: Balancing Canadian and U.S. Privacy Concerns," International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Canada Privacy Symposium 2017, Toronto, CA, May 15-18, 2017
  • "Cyber Threats in Health Care: HIPAA and Beyond," Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) 2017, Washington, D.C., May 3-6, 2017
  • Presenter, “Human Resources and Cyber Risk: The New Frontier of Cyber Security Regulation,” Harter Secrest & Emery’s Labor and Employment Law Conference, April 5, 2017
  • "NYS DFS Cybersecurity Final Rule Webinar," with GreyCastle Security, March 22, 2017
  • “New Year, New Threat Landscape: Managing Cyber Risk in 2017,” with IV4, Syracuse, NY, January 17, 2017 and Rochester, NY, January 19, 2017
  • “NYS DFS Cybersecurity Webinar,” with GreyCastle Security, December 13, 2016
  • “Information and Cyber Security Responsibilities for Senior Management,” EFPR Group LLP seminar, Rochester, NY, December 8, 2016
  • “Cyber Security Regulations: The Regulatory Arms Race,” Institute of Internal Auditors, Rochester, NY, December 7, 2016
  • "Harter Secrest & Emery LLP and TAG Solutions Regional Cyber Security Luncheons, Albany, NY, November 2, 2016, Buffalo, NY, November 22, 2016, Rochester, NY, November 29, 2016
  • "Managing the Risk of a Cyber Breach,” Davie Kaplan Annual Tax Planning Symposium, Rochester, NY, November 10, 2016
  • "Cyber Security Regulations - The Regulatory Arms Race", Rochester Institute of Technology, B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences, November 1, 2016
  • "Compliance Issues & Risks in Turnaround," Turnaround Management Association, Rochester, NY, October 20, 2016
  • “Life’s a Breach,” DIGITS LLC Cyber Security Luncheon, Rochester, NY, October 19, 2016
  • “Breaches in HIPAA,” New York State Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers Fall Conference, Albany, NY, October 7, 2016
  • “Managing Cyber Risk from a Legal Perspective,” Rochester Security Summit, Rochester, NY, October 5 & 6, 2016
  • "Building Blocks of Cyber Security," New Horizons at Logical Operations, Rochester, NY, September 13, 2016
  • "Executive Forum: Cyber Security," Buffalo Business First, Buffalo, NY, August 11, 2016
  • "Cyber Security 2016," Corporate LiveWire Virtual Roundtable, June 23, 2016
  • "2016 Upstate New York Regional Cybersecurity Forum," Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, June 14, 2016
  • "Cyber Threat Update Luncheon: A View of Recent Developments on the Cyber Risk Front from the Legal and Technical Perspectives," Pittsburgh, PA - April 21, 2016 and Rochester, NY - May 5, 2016
  • "Cyber Security Update," Healthcare Financial Management Association Rochester Regional Chapter Spring Institute, March 18, 2016
  • "Cyber Security and Human Resources - Addressing Legal Risk," National Human Resources Association, Rochester, March 8, 2016
  • "Billions Spent on Data Security," Eyes on the Future, Greater Rochester Enterprise, February 2016
  • "Cybersecurity: Privacy & Security Issues,” Monroe County Bar Association, January 2016
  • “The Legal and Financial Impact on Employers when Health Insurers are Hacked,” Cyber Risk Breach Update, September 16, 2015
  • "Data Security," Eyes on the Future, Greater Rochester Enterprise, December 2014
  • Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association: Data Breach Symposium - Perspectives from the Law Enforcement, Legal, Auditing, and Insurance Fields, October 22, 2014
  • "Planning for the Data Breach, Legal Framework," Association of Corporate Counsel, Data Breach Symposium, June 13, 2014



  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York


  • Fordham University, J.D., magna cum laude
    • Managing Editor, Fordham Law Review
  • New York University, Ph.D., Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
  • University of Rochester, B.A., German
  • University of Rochester Simon School of Business, Certificate in Management Studies


  • German