Jeffrey L. Poston, Partner Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2775
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Jeff Poston is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and is co-chair of the firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Group and a member of the Litigation Group. He is a trial attorney by trade focused on counseling and defending clients in complex data protection matters involving class actions and regulatory enforcement actions as well as representing clients in commercial disputes.

Jeff has represented clients in a variety of industries, including higher education, automotive, hospitality and defense in matters involving privacy and protection of personal information. This includes defending and counseling clients in class actions asserting violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

He has represented healthcare companies involved in some of the largest alleged data breach cases brought under the federal Hi-Tech Act and various state privacy, data security and unfair competition laws. Jeff has negotiated favorable settlements of these claims with state regulators and attorneys general. Recently, Jeff was part of a litigation team that obtained a dismissal of nine consolidated class actions in the Eastern District of California, alleging that a national healthcare company violated the California Medical Information Act (CMIA) by disclosing the data of over one million members. Recently he obtained dismissal on behalf of a global hospitality company in a class action seeking millions in damages arising from a cyber attack.

Jeff also counsels clients on front-end compliance issues involving the continuance of state and federal privacy laws, including HIPAA, and the TCPA.

Jeff has litigated and tried dozens of cases on behalf of corporate clients in a wide variety of industries in commercial disputes. He recently represented a well-known global hospitality company in an action seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for the alleged violation of ERISA’s “top hat” plan laws. As the lead trial attorney, Jeff obtained summary judgment and successfully argued for affirmance at the Fourth Circuit. Jeff also recently represented a large global hospitality company against claims of tortious interference with contract stemming from a dispute over a management agreement governing a hotel in Beirut, Lebanon. Jeff obtained dismissal of the action on grounds that it was a collateral attack on a foreign arbitration award.

Representative Engagements

  • Lead Defense Counsel for a large Global Hospitality Company in class action suit arising from cyber intrusion into multiple hotel servers potentially involving the data of millions of individuals. Obtained dismissal with prejudice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
  • Lead Defense Counsel for a large Global Hospitality Company in suit alleging violations of ERISA’s “top hat plan” provisions and seeking $500 million in damages. After extensive discovery reaching back more than four decades, successfully argued summary judgment motion before the federal district court. Argued the appeal before the 4th Circuit and obtained affirmance of the dismissal. 
  • Lead Defense Counsel for Global Hospital Company sued in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland for tortious interference with contract arising from termination of hotel management agreement for hotel located in Beirut, Lebanon. Successfully argued that the Maryland action was collaterally estopped by a parallel arbitration in Paris, France. 
  • Successfully defended health care plan in investigation by the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services alleging improper disclosure of PHI in violation of HIPAA. OCR closed the case and declined to issue any fine.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of fraud claims in New York State Court on behalf of large data center in action seeking millions in damages for alleged failure to develop platform for new mobile gaming application. 
  • Lead Counsel in ERISA class action alleging that a Global Hospitality Company violated multiple provisions of ERISA in connection with the company’s 401(k) plan. Obtained dismissal of majority of claims at pleading stage. 
  • Jeff successfully obtained dismissal of a multi-million dollar claim against a national healthcare company involved in the Medicare Advantage Program. The U.S. federal court dismissed the action due to the plaintiffs’ failure to exhaust administration remedies under the Medicare Advantage Program.
  • Represented DuPont against monopolization counterclaims brought by Kolon Industries. On the eve of the trial, the Eastern District of Virginia granted summary judgment for DuPont and dismissed the claims with prejudice. This was the second major win in Crowell & Moring's work for DuPont stemming from trade secrets litigation against Kolon. The first was a jury award of $919.9 million for DuPont for theft of trade secrets related to Kevlar® business and technology used by DuPont and the class against the current owners finding that they could not be liable for the actions of the prior owners.
  • Represented the current owners of a power plant against claims by the EPA and a private class that they should be held liable for the conduct of the prior owners relating to the current emissions of the plant. This matter involved the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Program of the Clean Air Act. The Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania dismissed the claims of the EPA and the class against the current owners finding that they could not be liable for the actions of the prior owners.
  • Defended, as lead trial counsel, a national healthcare company against claims alleging over $17 million in damages stemming from the alleged systematic underpayments to non-contracted healthcare providers. At the conclusion of trial, the Court granted the company's motion for judgment and rejected all of the plaintiffs' claims.
  • Represented the Enron Creditors Recovery Corporation in its litigation against two global financial institutions alleging that they aided and abetted Enron's demise through structured finance transactions that misled investors and the credit rating agencies. The resulting settlement, valued at nearly $6 billion, is reputed to be the largest bankruptcy settlement in U.S. history.
  • Successfully defended a Class 1 freight railroad in multiple actions arising from a collision with a commuter train in Massachusetts that injured hundreds of passengers. On the eve of the trial, the owner and operator of the commuter lines faced with potential spoliation sanctions settled the case on favorable terms to the client.
  • Obtained a multi-million dollar award for a managed behavioral healthcare organization whose contract was improperly terminated by a national health plan.
  • Successfully sued the federal and state governments for violating their own respective regulations in awarding a joint federal-state highway contract.
  • Represented a consortium of health care companies and providers in enjoining the federal government from implementing an unauthorized Medicare "demonstration project."

Jeff is the author of newsletters analyzing significant decisions affecting the healthcare industry. He has also lectured and written on various business litigation and unfair competition issues.

Jeff received his bachelor’s degree with magna cum laude honors from the University of Richmond and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from Georgetown University. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for the Western District of Colorado and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is also a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Colorado, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Consumer Privacy Protection Update," Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel 28th Annual All Hands Meeting, Santa Clara, CA (November 16, 2016). Presenters: Jeffrey L. Poston and Kristin Madigan.
  • "Selected GDPR Topics and the Privacy Shield: Putting Theory into Practice and International Panel Discussion," Crowell & Moring Brussels (October 20, 2016). Speakers: Frederik Van Remoortel, Jeff Poston, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Jan Baas, Frédéric Sardain, Peter Huppertz and Cynthia O’Donoghue.
  • "Cybersecurity and Data Protection," Crowell & Moring Seminar, Brussels, Belgium (November 18, 2015). Presenters: Emmanuel Plasschaert, Jeffrey L. Poston, and Frederik Van Remoortel.
  • "Privacy & Cybersecurity," Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys CLEW 2015, National Harbor, MD (May 14-17, 2015). Presenter: Jeffrey L. Poston.
  • "Liability Trends in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy," Crowell & Moring's Corporate Counsel Litigation Forum Webinar Series (February 24, 2015). Presenters: Jeffrey L. Poston and Clifford J. Zatz.
  • "New Liability Trends in Data Privacy and Security," Crowell & Moring's Healthcare Ounce Of Prevention Seminar (HOOPS), Washington, D.C. (October 27-28, 2014). Presenters: Jeffrey L. Poston and Robin B. Campbell.
  • "2013: The Year of the Data Breach; 2014: The Year of Lessons Learned or Warnings Ignored?" Blue Cross Blue Shield 2014 Blue National Summit (May 19, 2014). Presenter: Jeffrey L. Poston.
  • "Retail Privacy and Cybersecurity Seminar: How to Avoid Making the Headlines," Crowell & Moring Seminar (May 15, 2014). Presenters: Robin B. Campbell, Christopher A. Cole, Jeffrey L. Poston, and Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Higher Risk in Higher Education: How to Lower Your Cyber and Data Risk," AllClear ID and Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 22, 2014). Presenters: Jeffrey L. Poston, Evan D. Wolff, and Louisa K. Marion.
  • "Privacy in the 21st Century: Definition, Regulation, Litigation, and What Is on the Horizon," Bloomberg BNA Webinar (February 20, 2014). Panelist: Jeffrey L. Poston.
  • "How to Manage a Data Breach ('Incident') Crisis," Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter (ACC-SoCal), 2014 ACC-SoCal In-House Counsel Conference, Los Angeles, CA (January 29, 2014). Presenters: Jeffrey L. Poston and Jennifer S. Romano.
  • "Recent TCPA Developments," Privacy & Information Security Update, ABA Section of Antitrust Law (November 19, 2013). Presenter: Jeffrey L. Poston.
  • "Guess What? You're Now Subject to HIPAA (Yes, You!): The Broad Reach of HIPAA over Business Associates," AllClear ID Data Breach Response Services Webinar (November 12, 2013). Presenters: Jeffrey L. Poston, Robin B. Campbell, and Elliot Golding.
  • "Data Incidents and Litigation," National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) November 2013 Symposium & CLE Workshop, Washington, D.C. (November 7, 2013). Presenter: Jeffrey L. Poston.
  • "Not Your Parents' Data Breach: Litigation, Insurance, and Notification Twists," Blue Cross Blue Shield Association 47th Annual Lawyers Conference, Phoenix, AZ (October 29, 2013). Presenter: Jeffrey L. Poston.
  • "How to Manage a Data Breach Crisis (and Prevent the Next One)," ABA Section of Science and Technology Law, Information Security Committee Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C. (October 26-27, 2013). Presenters: Jeffrey L. Poston, Elliot Golding, and Amelia Schmidt.
  • "Data Breaches: Inevitable, but Salvageable," Blue Cross and Blue Shield Western Operations Conference (July 8, 2013). Presenter: Jeffrey L. Poston.
  • "Cyber-Security and Privacy: Breach Response and Litigation in the Financial Services Industry," Independent Bankers Association of New York State (May 1, 2013). Presenter: Jeffrey L. Poston.
  • "Managing the Cyber Threat Crisis: An Interactive Workshop on Cyber Threats and Cyber Security," Crowell & Moring, Washington, D.C. (April 4, 2013). Panelists: David Z. Bodenheimer, Bryan Brewer, Stephen M. Byers, Robin B. Campbell, Morris F. DeFeo Jr., Cheryl A. Falvey, Jeffrey L. Poston, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Michael J. Songer, and Scott L. Winkelman.
  • "The Privacy Mega Reg: Understanding and Implementing Substantial Changes," America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Webinar (March 21, 2013). Presenters: Jeffrey L. Poston, Robin B. Campbell, and Barbara H. Ryland.
  • "The Dish on Data and Disks: HIPAA Privacy and Security Breach Developments," Crowell & Moring's 2012 Healthcare Ounce of Prevention Seminar (HOOPS), Minnesota (September 13, 2012). Presenter: Jeffrey L. Poston.
  • "Attacks on Health Reform and Developing Litigation Issues in the Managed Care Arena," Crowell & Moring's Healthcare Ounce Of Prevention Seminar (HOOPS) (April 26-27, 2010). Presenters: Chris Flynn and Jeffrey L. Poston.
  • "Current and Emerging Trends in Managed Care Litigation," Crowell & Moring's 2007 Healthcare Ounce of Prevention Seminar (HOOPS) (October 2007). Co-Presenters: Julie A. Barnes, William J. Flanagan, Chris Flynn, David Florin and Jeffrey L. Poston.
  • "HIPAA for Behavioral Health Organizations," Institute for International Research (June 11-12, 2002). Co-Presenters: Jeffrey L. Poston and Julie A. Barnes.
  • American Managed Behavioral Health Association HIPAA Seminar, (October 30, 2001). Co-Presenters: Jeffrey L. Poston and Julie A. Barnes.


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