Wotton + Kearney elevates special counsel to partner

The promotion aims to strengthen firm's cybersecurity practice

Wotton + Kearney elevates special counsel to partner
Joseph Fitzgerald, partner at Wotton + Kearney

Wotton + Kearney (W+K) has elevated special counsel Joseph Fitzgerald to the role of partner to strengthen its cybersecurity practice.

According to W+K, Fitzgerald’s promotion is the latest move in the cyber, privacy and data security team following the appointments of special counsel Nicole Gabryk and cyber forensic manager Avram Lum this month.

A Wellington-based lawyer, Fitzgerald specialises in cyber and data security, professional liability and commercial property.

Practising in both New Zealand and the UK, he has advised large sporting, health, education and infrastructure bodies, SMEs and non-profit entities on cyber and data security risks. He has also dealt with a wide range of professional indemnity and insurance claims.

He is a fellow of the International Association of Privacy Professionals – a not-for-profit association which aims to advance the privacy profession through networking, education and certification.

For his expertise in insurance and financial services, he became a finalist in the Young Insurance Professional of the Year category at the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) Industry Awards in 2021.

 “I am privileged to work alongside Joseph on some of the largest and most complex cyber incidents in Australia and other jurisdictions and congratulate him on his well-deserved promotion,” W+K’s cybersecurity practice leader Kieran Doyle said. “I am also delighted to see our market-leading cyber team continue to grow strongly to meet our clients ever-evolving cyber, privacy and data security needs.”

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