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Tedrick A. Housh, III

Together with an extensive employment litigation practice, Mr. Housh practices in the rapidly developing legal world of data security and privacy.

As Chair of our Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice group, Mr. Housh serves as a leader of the firm’s work on data privacy, data security and data breach issues. He helps clients solve technological, logistical and legal issues arising from the maintenance, loss or disposal of personally identifiable information, protected health information and key proprietary data. Mr. Housh has been active in the firm’s work involving blockchain, a transformative distributed ledger technology with accompanying privacy issues. He has provided advice on ICOs and token sales.  He crafts website terms of service and privacy statements that contemplate both current and future regulatory requirements. The International Association of Privacy Professionals has designated Mr. Housh a Certified Information Privacy Professional / United States (CIPP/US).  

For over two decades, he has assisted companies with all types of workplace matters, from individual discrimination claims to wage-and-hour and overtime class actions. He frequently litigates covenants not to compete and matters involving the use and misuse of trade secret data, requiring a special emphasis on eDiscovery and related issues. He also deals with severance negotiations and employee benefits disputes.  

In the area of general commercial litigation, Mr. Housh has both bench and jury trial experience in state and federal courts, and he has argued appeals before the Missouri Court of Appeals, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Kansas Supreme Court. 

Mr. Housh is a frequent presenter on data privacy and security, social media, employment law and the workplace.

Before entering law school, Mr. Housh served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and taught English as a Second Language with the Blue Valley (Kansas) School District.

Court Memberships

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Honors

  • Selected for Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Top Defense Wins, 2015
  • Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
  • LAKC Public Service Award, presented by Lawyers Association of Kansas City
  • Robert C. Welch Pro Bono Service Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, KC Tech Council, 2017-
  • Board Member & Current Chair, Lakeview Village, the largest continuing care senior community in Kansas, 2006-2017 
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Kansas State Affairs Committee, 2008-2016
  • Board Member, Regional Transit Alliance of Kansas City 2006-2011
  • President, Round Hill Bath & Tennis Club, Overland Park, Kansas, 2006-2011    
  • Chair, Johnson County, Kansas Public Policy Council, 2006 
  • Board Chair, Lenexa Chamber of Commerce, 2006 
  • Leadership Kansas, Kansas Chamber of Commerce, 2006 
  • Midwest Regional Editor, Employment Law Newsletter of the Defense Research Institute, 2005 
  • Kansas City Tomorrow Leadership Program, Civic Council of Kansas City, 2004
  • Board President, Kansas City Academy, a college preparatory academy, 1998 
  • Chair, National Children and the Law Committee, ABA Young Lawyers Division, 1997 
  • English as Second Language Teacher, Blue Valley School District, 1987-1988 
  • Peace Corps Volunteer, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1985-1987

Publications

Presentations

  • Keynote Speaker and Panelist, "Discussion on Cyber Security and Global Technology Trends," Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, October 26, 2017
  • Speaker, What Does DOJ's New Guidance Say About Third-Party Risk? & Three Questions with Tedrick Housh, Compliance Beat Podcast, May 18, 2017
  • Speaker, Recent & Expected Changes in the Law for Missouri Employers, Missouri Employer Committee, Kansas City, Missouri, May 16, 2017
  • Panelist, “Kansas City Cyber Event,” Lathrop Gage, Kansas City, MO, October 20, 2016
  • Speaker, “Smart Buildings, Smart Cities & the Internet of Things,” The American Institute of Architects, Kansas City, MO, July 14, 2016
  • Panelist, “Security, Ethics & Retention Issues in Technology,” 2016 Legislative Leadership Summit, Kansas City, MO, April 22, 2016 
  • Presenter, “Data Privacy & Security,” Nonprofit Conversations Seminar, Kansas City, MO, April 5, 2016 
  • Panelist, “Lawyers Leading the Race to Cybersecurity,” Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) St. Louis Chapter, St. Louis, MO, March 30, 2016
  • Panelist, “From Prevention to Detection:  The Board’s Role in Developing an Effective Cyber Security Action Plan,” NYSE Governance Services Cyber Risk Board Forum, San Francisco, CA, February 29, 2016 
  • “Cyber Security Seminar,” Hosted by The Brass on Baltimore, Kansas City, MO, February 25, 2016 
  • “Cyberliability 2015:  Your Data Risks and Obligations,” Lathrop Gage State of Litigation Conference, Sporting Park, Kansas City, June 4, 2015.
  • Panelist, “Data Security Challenges – What’s a General Counsel to Do?” West Coast General Counsel Forum, NYSE Governance Services, Four Seasons Silicon Valley, East Palo Alto, June 2, 2015.
  • “The Protection of Client Data,” Continuing Legal Education ethics program, Hispanic Bar Association of Kansas City, May 7, 2015.
  • Panelist, “The Enemy Within – Responding to Insider Threats,” Conference on Cyber Risks and the Board Room, NYSE Governance Services, New York Stock Exchange, April 21, 2015. 
  • Host, US Department of State Delegation of European Union Data Privacy & Security Officials (EU, Germany, Norway & Armenia); presentation on “Data Privacy and Protection in the United States,” Kansas City, April 16, 2015.
  • “Cyber Liability 2015: Your Data Risks and Obligations,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Midwest Chapter, February 19, 2015.
  • “Is Your Accounting Firm Prepared for a Data Breach?” Boomer Technology CircleTM – Fall Meeting, Westin Crown Center, November 19, 2014.

  • Panelist, “Into the Breach: Prepare, Prevent and Recover,” International Legal Technology Association Conference, Nashville, August 21, 2014.
  • Panelist, “Cyber Risks and the Boardroom,” NYSE Governance Services Conference, New York Stock Exchange, June 10, 2014.
  • “Emerging Technologies & Cyber Risk,” NYSE Governance Services Webinar, May 21, 2014.
  • “Data Security & Cyber Issues,” NYSE Governance Services, Thought Leader Roundtable, Dallas, February 6, 2014.
  • “What to Do When the Government Comes Knocking?” AdvanceLaw Webinar, January 27, 2014.
  • Panelist, “Reality Bytes: Balancing the Trends in Data Security Law and Data Breach Insurance with the Business Reality of Data Center Operations,” Datacenter Dynamics Conference, Chicago, IL, October 1, 2013.
  • “Social Media, HR and the Law,” Kansas SHRM, Overland Park, KS, September 26, 2013.
  • “Cyber Security and Privacy: Advising the Corporate Client,” MoBar Annual Meeting, Columbia, MO, Sept. 20, 2013.
  • “Handling Violence in the Workplace,” National Agronomic Environmental Health and Safety School, Bloomington, IL, August 20, 2013.
  • Panelist, “The Vanishing Jury Trial,” L&G State of Litigation Conference, Sporting Park, Kansas City, June 6, 2013.
  • Panelist, “Mobile Apps Privacy,” Privacy Foundation, Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, March 15, 2013.
  • “Why Should Millennials Care about Data Privacy?” Civic Lecture Series, Kansas State University-Salina, K-State College of Technology and Aviation, March 14, 2013.
  • “Digital Footprints and Employment Law,” Missouri Bar, CLE Webinar, December 4, 2012.
  • “Data Privacy and Digital Protection in the Workplace,” Lathrop Gage Executive Briefing, The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, November 15, 2012.

  • “Social Media in the Workplace,” UMKC Heartland Labor Forum – Managing Human Resources in Uncertain Times, Overland Park Convention Center, May 31, 2012.

  • “Security, the ‘Red Flags Rule,’ and Privacy,” Missouri Rural Water Association Annual Conference, Columbia, MO, May 9, 2012.
  • “Employees, Privacy and Data in the Age of Social Media,” Lathrop Gage Executive Briefing, The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, November 17, 2011.
  • “Using Online Personal Information in Employment Decisions,” Missouri Bar, CLE Webinar, October 13, 2011 and October 14, 2010.
  • “Kansas Workers’ Compensation: Change is Here,” Missouri & Kansas Search & Staffing Association (MKSSA) risk management luncheon, July 14, 2011.
  • “Dukes v. Walmart and Other 2011 Supreme Court Employment Decisions” webinar, Associated Industries of Missouri, July 7, 2011.
  • “Labor & Employment Law Update,” Missouri Bar Association CLE, June 17, 2011.
  • “Cyber Security for Local Governments,” National League of Cities - Steering Committee for Information Technology and Communications, June 3, 2011.
  • “Considerations for Employers Who Challenge Unemployment Claims,” L&G Annual Executive Briefing, American Heartland Theater, November 18, 2010.
  • “Social Networking: Blurring the Line between Work & Private Life,” Missouri Bar, Labor & Employment Law CLE Symposium, November 12, 2010.
  • “Social Media in the Workplace,” Associated Industries of Missouri, August 25, 2010.
  • “Human Resources – Legal Update,” AMI Foundation Conference on Worker Safety, HR & the Environment, April 30, 2010.

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