The Legal Risks of Biometric Data Usage

January 30, 2019


The Legal Risks of Biometric Data Usage

Using biometric data is almost a daily and commonplace feature as companies use a variety of biometric tools like fingerprinting, scans (e.g., retina, iris, and hand geometry), as well as facial recognition software. Significant legal risks and increasing and pending litigation, including class action litigation involving a variety of employers and industries, have followed the usage of biometric data. Join us as we discuss the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) and learn practical tips for reducing risks and substantial damages.


Henry S. Wehrmann
Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP, Dallas, TX

Henry S. Wehrmann practices in the primary areas of personal injury litigation defense, product liability litigation defense, toxic tort defense, and employment litigation defense. Henry’s practice includes representation before the Texas State Judicial Panel for Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in defense of asbestos cases. He also counsels clients on e-Discovery, cyber exposure, and related insurance issues. Licensed since 1983, Henry is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

In addition to litigation defense, he practices in the areas of sports and entertainment law and represents clients in the amusement industry, as well as serves as defense counsel for the State Fair of Texas as to liability claims brought against them. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas and is also a tribal lawyer authorized to practice before all courts of the Chickasaw Nation. Henry is a former chair of the Sports & Entertainment Law section of the Dallas Bar Association.

Johner T. “J.T.” Wilson III 
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Chicago, IL

J.T. leads the Dinsmore Chicago office’s Labor & Employment team, and is an experienced diverse lead trial attorney offering a range of legal services for public and private corporations of various sizes, including small businesses, Fortune 500, and global companies. He is a valued practical advisor and trusted business partner, effectively counseling clients on sensitive compliance issues and creative methods of implementing complex business initiatives. J.T. also helps clients manage costs and minimize financial exposure in single plaintiff and class action employment litigation and Federal Employers’ Liability Act cases at trial in federal and state courts. He further advances his clients' interests in matters pending before various federal, state, and local administrative agencies.

J.T. has served as a distinguished faculty member of the 2018 IADC Trial Academy and as the Vice Chair of Publications of the IADC Employment Law Committee (2017-2018). Also, J.T. currently serves as a member of the IADC Membership Committee and Website Task Force, and is actively engaged with the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and National Employment Law Council (NELC), frequently presenting on timely issues impacting the interests of industry partners and affecting the legal community.