Our Attorneys

Nicole E. Osborne

Partner

Nicole E. Osborne is a Partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C., where she is a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice Group, Employment Practice Group, Commercial Litigation Department, Health Law Department, White Collar Crime and Investigations Practice Group, and Blockchain Technology and Digital Asset Practice Group.

Nicole has addressed numerous cybersecurity matters, navigating the complex intersection of law and technology.  Nicole assists companies in managing and responding to data privacy and security incidents and breaches of all sizes, across various industries.  These incidents include business email compromise, ransomware, as well as other network intrusions. During breach management, she works closely with a client’s internal/external IT team and third parties such as forensic investigators, public relations consultants, and cybersecurity insurance companies.  Nicole manages all parts of an incident, including identification and investigation of an incident, through reporting of an incident in accordance with state, federal, and international law, as well as industry specific guidelines and regulations.  Nicole likewise assists in defending enforcement proceedings, government investigations and private party civil actions following a cybersecurity incident. In addition to her data breach incident response work, Nicole advises businesses based on their level of cyberpreparedness and conducts risk and threat assessments, incident response planning and privacy impact assessments.  Nicole also assists companies in complying with the growing web of state, federal, and international data privacy laws and regulations.

Nicole also has experience in a variety of matters involving the employer-employee relationship, including wage and hour compliance and investigations, employment discrimination prevention, employee handbooks and trainings, administrative proceedings, disability accommodations and leave related issues. Nicole has defended claims in administrative and court proceedings relating to sexual harassment, age, race, and national origin discrimination, restrictive covenant violations, confidentiality violations, and trade secret theft for various clients, both large and small.

Nicole has experience as a commercial litigator, in federal and state courts, representing individuals and companies in a wide area of complex commercial litigation – including matters involving employer/employee disputes, trade secret misappropriation, business torts, breach of contract and shareholder disputes, professional liability (including claims related to Employment Practices Liability and Directors and Offices Insurance Policies), and Article 78 proceedings.

Nicole was named in Long Island Business News in its Ones to Watch in 2019. Nicole is an Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law, where she teaches courses on the Fundamentals of the Law of Cybersecurity. Nicole was named a New York Metropolitan Area Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

During law school Nicole was Notes Editor of the Hofstra Law Review, was an active competitive member in Hofstra’s Moot Court Board and a member of the Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association.

Presentations:
Ruskin Moscou Faltischek and Flushing Bank – Cybersecurity Fraud Seminar – 2023
Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association – Cybersecurity CLE – 2023
Hofstra Law School – Cybersecurity Webinar – 2023
Thomson Reuters, Long Island Emerging Tech Event – 2019
CPD, Cyber Security Seminar – 2019
Skytop Strategies, Cyber Risk Governance Conference – 2018
Long Island Cybersecurity Conference – 2017
LIBN Cybersecurity Roundtable – 2017
Institute of Internal Auditors Fraud Conference – 2016

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Education

  • Hofstra Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2016)
  • SUNY Albany (B.A., magna cum laude, 2013)