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Patrick X. Fowler

Patrick X. Fowler

Partner| Phoenix


Pat Fowler's practice concentrates on representing companies facing complex product liability, technology, cyber security/privacy and business claims. He counsels clients regarding compliance with many government regulations (e.g., FTC, DOD, SEC, CPSC, NHTSA/FMVSS, USCG) and industry standards (ISAO, SAE, ANSI, PCI-DSS, ABYC) and best practices. Pat leads Snell & Wilmer’s product liability practice and is the co-chair of firm’s Cybersecurity, Data Protection, and Privacy practice area. 

Pat acts as national trial counsel for several large companies in the manufacturing, mobility and construction equipment industries. He has trial experience in courts across the country, including Arizona, Washington, Nevada, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and has handled cases in just about every other state. In the last few years, Pat has taken to trial a number of catastrophic damage cases involving automobile air bag sensor systems, and boating accidents involving carbon monoxide exposure and propeller strike injuries. He currently focuses on claims involving lack of crash avoidance technology, cyber security and Internet of Things-related issues. Pat is a member of Arizona InfraGard as well as the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Pat has participated in bar-related and pro bono activities for his entire career. He currently serves on the executive board of the State Bar of Arizona Section of Technology and e-Commerce, as well the executive committee for the Board of Governors’ Standing Committee on Technology. For the past decade Pat has assisted with high school mock trial programs involving his children. Pat has also been involved with pro bono legal services. He is a past President of the Board of Directors of Community Legal Services, Inc., the largest non-profit pro bono legal services organization in Arizona. In addition, for more than 20 years Pat has served on the Advisory Committee of the Maricopa County Volunteer Lawyers Program. More recently, for the past several years, Pat has served as a Judge Pro Tempore with the Maricopa County Superior Court.

  • University of Kansas School of Law (J.D., 1988)
    • National Moot Court Team
    • National Appellate Advocacy Team
  • University of Kansas (B.A., Molecular Biology, 1983)
  • State Bar of Arizona
    • Standing Committee on Technology, Board Member (2014-2017 term)
    • E-Commerce and Technology Section, Board Member (2013-present)
    • Appointments Committee, Member (2006-2012)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee, Newsletter Co-Editor (2014-present)
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • Maritime Law Association
  • American Boat and Yacht Council
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
    • Phoenix KnowledgeNet Chapter, Co-Chair
  • e-Commerce Law & Strategy, Board of Editors
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Superior Court, Maricopa County, Arizona

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • “Cybersecurity and Privacy Regulations: Adapting to the New Normal,” Presenter, Arizona Society of CPA’s Technology for Accountants Conference, Phoenix, AZ (December 6, 2017)
  • “Recent Developments in Privacy and Cybersecurity Law,” Presenter, Phoenix Security and Audit Conference, Phoenix, AZ (September 7, 2017)
  • "Cyber Security and the Law: An Update," Presenter, (ISC)2 Phoenix Chapter, Phoenix, AZ (May 18, 2017)
  • "Prepare to be Hacked: Practical Pointers for Preserving Your Company’s Digital Assets," Seminar Chair and Co-Presenter, State Bar of Arizona CLE (May 3, 2017)
  • "Preparing for 2017: Cybersecurity and Data Privacy," Presenter, Emerging Business Seminar, Scottsdale, AZ (January 4, 2017)
  • "Automotive Cybersecurity," Co-Presenter, Discussion Group, Irvine, CA (January 2017)
  • "Preparing For Cyber Armageddon: Practical Tools For Law Firm Data Security, Privacy And Cyber Liability," Session Chair and Co-Presenter, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, Phoenix, AZ (June 16, 2016)
  • "Recent Events in Cyber Security," Co-Presenter, ISC2 Phoenix Chapter, Phoenix, AZ (May 19, 2016)
  • "Cyber Security: A Mid-Year Update," Co-Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel, Mountain West Chapter, Salt Lake City, UT (May 5, 2016)
  • "Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015: A Primer," Presenter, Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG) Spring Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ (May 4, 2016)
  • "Lawyers Leading the Race to Cyber Security," Co-Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel, Arizona Chapter (April 14, 2016)
  • "Legal Considerations of a Data Breach Incident Response," Co-Presenter, ISSA Phoenix Chapter Quarterly Meeting, Phoenix, AZ (April 12, 2016)
  • "Gambling, Credit Cards and Privacy: a Regulatory Environment Trifecta," Co-Presenter, American Bar Association Gaming Law Minefield Institute, Las Vegas, NV (February 11, 2016)
  • "2016 Update on Cyber Security and Data Protection," Presenter, Emerging Business Seminar, Scottsdale, AZ (January 6, 2016)
  • "Data Privacy and Security for Employee Benefit Plans," Presenter, Western Pension & Benefits Council, Phoenix Chapter (December 10, 2015)
  • "Data Breach Response: Learning from the Mistakes of Others," Presenter, REDW Technology Conference, Albuquerque, NM (October 13, 2015)
  • "Dealing With the Evolving Privacy and Cybersecurity Regulatory Ecosystem," Presenter, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) KnowledgeNet (September 16, 2015)
  • "Cyber Threats and Data Privacy in the Information Age," Guest Lecturer, Grand Canyon University (September 15, 2015)
  • "Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: 2015 Update," Presenter, State Bar of Arizona Construction Law Section (September 8, 2015)
  • "How to Protect a Company Against a Data Breach," Presenter, Emerging Business Seminar, Scottsdale, AZ (September 2, 2015)
  • Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAO) II Workshop, Dept. of Homeland Security, Participant, San Jose, CA (July 30, 2015)
  • Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAO) Workshop, Dept. of Homeland Security, Participant, Boston, MA (June 8, 2015)
  • “Breaching Bad: Cyber Security Risks, Regulations and Solutions," Presenter and Panelist, Supply Chain Security: A Moving Target, ERAI Conference San Diego (April 22, 2015)
  • “When Ethics, Experts and Litigation Strategy Collide," Co-Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel Seminar, Phoenix Chapter (April 21, 2015)
  • "Cyber Insurance and Data Risk," Co-Presenter, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Roundtable, Phoenix (March 5, 2015)
  • "What’s Trending in Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity in 2015?," Presenter, Snell & Wilmer Emerging Business Seminar Series, Scottsdale, AZ (January 7, 2015)
  • "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Spoliation and Over-Preservation,” Co-Presenter, Maricopa County Bar Association Paralegal Division Convention (October 10, 2014)
  • “The Role of Insurance in Cyber Security Risk Management,” Moderator, Snell & Wilmer Privacy and Cyber Security Risk Management Series (October 8, 2014)
  • “Reducing the Risk and Consequences of a Data Breach,” Co-Presenter, State Bar of Arizona CLE Event (October 1, 2014)
  • “Tips for Protecting Your Privacy and Personal Data,” Presenter, Arizona Summit Law School/eCommerce and Technology Section, State Bar of Arizona (September 23, 2014)
  • “Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know Now About Regulations and Compliance,” Presenter, Data Plus Conference, Phoenix, AZ (September 8, 2014)
  • "A Legal Perspective on Privacy and Data Protection," Co-Presenter, (ISC)2 Phoenix Chapter (August 14, 2014)
  • "Are You the Customer or the Product Being Sold? Privacy and Data Protection in 2014," Guest Lecturer, Arizona Summit Law School (July 9, 2014)
  • "Cloud Computing in Healthcare: Mitigating Privacy Risks and Negotiating Business Associate Agreements," Co-Presenter, Strafford Webinar (June 11, 2014)
  • "Privacy, Data Protection and Cyber Security: The Mid-Year Update," Co-Presenter, State Bar of Arizona CLE Program (May 29, 2014)
  • "Today’s Cyber-Threat Environment," Co-Presenter, The New Cybersecurity Framework Seminar, Phoenix, AZ (April 22, 2014)
  • "Tips for Protecting Your On-Line Privacy and Personal Data," Co-Presenter, Arizona Women Lawyers Association Seminar (March 26, 2014)
  • "The Ethics of Big Data. Who Knows What?" Panelist, Privacy Forum, Arizona State University Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics (February 28, 2014)
  • "Electronic Discovery Update: The Changes and Challenges of 2014," Presenter, State Bar of Arizona CLE Program (February 21, 2014)
  • "Data Security and Privacy Seminar (Featuring Dr. Ann Cavoukian)," Panel Member, Los Angeles, CA (November 12, 2013)
  • "Cybersecurity and Privacy Concerns After NSA Surveillance Revelations," Co-Presenter, Legal Issues Impacting Data Center Operations Seminar, Phoenix, AZ (November 5, 2013)
  • "Hidden Hazards of Cloud Computing," Presenter, Boating Industry Risk Management Council, International Boating Exposition Show, Louisville, KY (September 18, 2013)
  • "Litigation Bootcamp: Introduction to E-Discovery," Presenter, Litigation Training Seminar, Phoenix, AZ (September 13, 2013)
  • "Electronic Discovery for the Employment Lawyer," Co-Presenter, State Bar of Arizona Employment Law Section (June 21, 2013)
  • "Legal Ethics + Cloud Computing and Data Privacy," Co-Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel (May 21, 2013)
  • "E-Discovery in 2013: What You Need to Know," Presenter, The Knowledge Congress Webcast (February 6, 2013)
  • "Ethics and E-Discovery," Presenter, Maricopa County Bar Association Paralegal Division Convention (September 28, 2012)
  • "E-Discovery for New Lawyers," Presenter, Litigation Training Seminar (September 2012)
  • "What Every Paralegal Should Know About E-Discovery," Presenter, Paralegal Conference (June 2012)
  • "Cloud Computing and Related Legal Issues," Presenter, Lex Mundi Dispute Resolution Committee, St. Louis, MO (April 2012)
  • "Social Media: Who, What & Where," Presenter, Orange County Institute of Internal Auditors Fraud Seminar (March 2012)
  • "Crafting a Defensible Electronic Discovery Plan," Presenter, Nevada State Bar CLE, Las Vegas, NV (April 2011)
  • "Ethics and E-Discovery," Presenter, Corporate Counsel Forum, Phoenix, AZ (March 2011)
  • "The 'Good Company' Defense," Presenter, Surf Expo, Orlando, FL (September 2010)

Selected Media Coverage

  • Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona: Product Liability Litigation, Arizona Business Magazine (2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2016-2018)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Personal Injury - Products (2016-2017)
  • Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education (2010)
  • Exceptional Service Award, Volunteer Lawyers Program (2004)
  • Pro Bono Lawyer of the Month, Volunteer Lawyers Program (October 1992, September 2003)
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program
    • Advisory Committee, Member (1992-2012)
    • Advisory Committee, Chair (2005-2010)
  • Community Legal Services
    • Board President (2010-2011)
    • Executive Committee Member (2007-2013)
    • Board Member (2006-2013)
  • Boy Scouts of America
    • Merit Badge Counselor
  • Arizona
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit