Margaret E. Ruf

  • Areas of Practice

    • Business

As a data privacy and cybersecurity attorney, I help companies protect their most valuable and confidential assets. While I have a broad background in corporate law, commercial transactions, regulatory compliance, risk management, and litigation defense, my focus is on helping my clients manage the ever-evolving landscape of data privacy regulations and cybersecurity threats.

 

My main priority is ensuring clients are proactively managing risk and remaining compliant with current and new data laws. When clients encounter a data breach, I counsel them on how to properly react and implement appropriate privacy and cybersecurity policies. I also regularly advise clients on privacy statements, data processing and data transfer agreements, due diligence and warranty negotiations for mergers and acquisitions, and privacy and cybersecurity audits.

  • Experience
      • Joined Buckingham's business practice group as partner in 2020
      • Focuses her practice on corporate law, commercial transactions, regulatory compliance, risk management, and litigation defense
      • She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP)
      • Serves as adjunct professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
      • Served as corporate counsel to a National technology solutions company focused on the automotive industry
      • Served as corporate counsel to a Cleveland biotechnology company in the healthcare industry
      • Founding partner of Ruf & Associates law firm prior to joining various regional and national law firms
  • Education & Admissions
      • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (L.L.M., 2018)
      • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (J.D., 1994)
      • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (B.A., 1990)
    • Admissions
      • Ohio Bar
  • Awards & Honors
      • Recipient of the ABA-BMA Award for Excellence in Health Law
      • Recipient of the Cali Award for Corporate Compliance, Healthcare Compliance and Healthcare Fraud & Abuse
  • Professional & Civic Involvement
      • Member: International Association of Privacy Professionals
      • Member: Cleveland eDiscovery, Cybersecurity, and Data Privacy Roundtable
    • Associations
      • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association