John L. Barlament, Partner


John Barlament is the Chair of our firm's Data Privacy & Security industry team.  He is an author of one of the country's leading manuals on the HIPAA privacy and security rules, HIPAA Portability, Privacy & Security (Thomson Reuters / EBIA), as well as other seminal publications including A Primer on Online Privacy (Wisconsin Lawyer magazine) and International Guide to Privacy (American Bar Association).  

John is recognized as a national leader in this emerging and constantly changing area of law.  He has been quoted in leading publications including The Wall Street Journal, and interviewed by national media including National Public Radio, about privacy, data breach and cybersecurity matters.

In his role as Chair of our firm's Data Privacy & Security industry team, John leads a team of lawyers with deep experience in these and other data privacy and security areas, including:

  • Counseling clients of all sorts on Gramm-Leach-Bliley, state privacy laws and data breach laws; 
  • Counseling employers on compliance with employee-related privacy laws, such as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and employee monitoring laws;
  • Reviewing client arrangements regarding collection and monetization of data and design of compliant websites; and
  • Advising boards of directors and senior executives regarding matters including oversight responsibilities, policies and procedures, vendor due diligence, and cyber insurance.

John's introduction to data privacy and security arose through his deep experience in the Employee Benefits area, which remains a significant focus in John's day-to-day practice.  John represents employers, third-party administrators, fiduciaries, brokers, and benefit consultants in all aspects of employee benefits law, with an emphasis on health and welfare plan matters. These matters include health care reform questions (Affordable Care Act); ERISA; COBRA and HIPAA. John is a noted, national speaker on these matters, and is a contributing author of two of the country’s leading manuals in these areas Consumer-Driven Health Care (Thomson Reuters / EBIA) and the above-noted HIPAA Portability, Privacy & Security.

For multi-employer plans, John is one of the few attorneys in the country who has limited his practice to representing the plans and their trustees on a "sole counsel" basis. That is, in order to ensure consistency in advice among multiemployer plan clients, John does not represent "management trustees" or "labor trustees" -- instead, he represents both, with no bias towards either side.

John prides himself on staying abreast of state-of-the-art industry practices, and translating complex and intersecting areas of law into practical, plain-English advice -- all to help clients efficiently and effectively meet challenges arising these rapidly changing areas of law.

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Education and Honors

  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1997)
  • St. Norbert College (B.B.A., summa cum laude, 1994)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Professional and Civic Activities

  • The Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin (Member, 2008)
  • Greater Milwaukee Employee Benefits Council (Member)
  • Consortium for Global Electronic Commerce, E-Security Workgroup (Member, 2001–2002)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2010–present: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)