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Dena M. Castricone Murtha Cullina LLP Partner

Partner

New Haven
Email: dcastricone@murthalaw.com
Phone: 203-772-7767
Fax: 203-772-7723

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Federal District Court of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Education

  • Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2002)
  • Roger Williams University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1998)

Dena M. Castricone


Dena M. Castricone, CIPP/US is the chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity group and a member of the Long Term Care and Health Care groups.  She also serves as Chair of the firm’s Women Expanding Business initiative and co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.  Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Dena served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, Frank J. Williams.

As the Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity group and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), Dena provides the full complement of data breach coaching services to business and health care clients including breach notification to individuals and various government entities.  Related to data breaches, she also counsels clients on the creation of information security, incident response plans and other proactive measures.  Additionally, Dena advises clients on compliance with state, federal and international privacy laws including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as many others. Dena has written extensively on privacy and cybersecurity issues and she is the Co-Editor of Privacy and Cybersecurity Perspectives.

In her health care practice, Dena helps long term care providers, physician groups, federally qualified health centers, senior living communities and hospitals thrive in a challenging and ever-changing regulatory environment, providing strategic advice informed by a thorough understanding of each client’s individual business objectives.

Dena handles a broad range of regulatory compliance issues for health care providers, including responses to government inspections, professional licensure actions, Medicare appeals, patient discrimination claims, probate court matters relating to decision making and Fair Housing issues, as well as risk management and day-to-day operational issues.  With an extensive background in HIPAA, she also assists health care providers with HIPAA privacy and security compliance, policy development and implementation, training and service as a privacy officer.

A seasoned litigator as well, Dena brings to her work the perspective of a skilled advocate, and a keen understanding of the strategic challenges her clients may face in a litigation and pre-litigation context.

In 2015, Dena was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Office of State Ethics’ Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board, of which she currently serves as the Chair. Dena received the 2016 Alumni Public Interest Champion of Justice Award from the Roger Williams University School of Law.  She was also named a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation in 2016.  In addition to other awards and recognition, in 2011, Connecticut Magazine named Dena one of Connecticut’s 40 Under 40 and the National LGBT Bar Association recognized her as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers under 40.

Dena currently serves on the steering committee of the Health Care Council of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the executive committee of the LGBT section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  She is also the immediate past president of The CABO Foundation and was the founder of the state’s LGBT chamber of commerce.

Dena is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Connecticut Bar Association (Privacy and Cybersecurity, Health Care and LGBT sections)
  • Executive Committee Member, LGBT section of the Connecticut Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Steering Committee Member, Health Care Council of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • Medical Marijuana Use in Nursing Homes: What's the Risk of Exclusion?, LTC-SIR Advisor - a Publication of the American Health Lawyers Association Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group, April 2015
  • Co-Authored Assisted Living Communities and Continuing Care Retirement Communities chapter, with Heather Berchem in The Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Issues, American Health Lawyers Association (2014)
  • The Duty to Preserve: When is it Triggered?, Connecticut Law Tribune, November 2011
  • Payment for Failed Projects an Iffy Proposition, Connecticut Law Tribune, December 2006

 

  • Alumni Public Interest Champion of Justice Award, Roger Williams University School of Law, January 2016
  • James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • Holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • New Leader in the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune, October 2013
  • Rising Star, Business New Haven, September 2013
  • The Dena M. Castricone Scholarship Fund established by CABO Foundation, 2012
  • Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, National LGBT Bar Association (affiliate of ABA), Class of 2011
  • 40 Under 40, Connecticut Magazine, March 2011
  • Women of High Achievement, Connecticut Law Tribune, September 2010
  • Dorothy Award, New Haven Pride Center, February 2010

 

Overview

Dena M. Castricone, CIPP/US is the chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity group and a member of the Long Term Care and Health Care groups.  She also serves as Chair of the firm’s Women Expanding Business initiative and co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.  Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Dena served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, Frank J. Williams.

As the Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity group and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), Dena provides the full complement of data breach coaching services to business and health care clients including breach notification to individuals and various government entities.  Related to data breaches, she also counsels clients on the creation of information security, incident response plans and other proactive measures.  Additionally, Dena advises clients on compliance with state, federal and international privacy laws including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as many others. Dena has written extensively on privacy and cybersecurity issues and she is the Co-Editor of Privacy and Cybersecurity Perspectives.

In her health care practice, Dena helps long term care providers, physician groups, federally qualified health centers, senior living communities and hospitals thrive in a challenging and ever-changing regulatory environment, providing strategic advice informed by a thorough understanding of each client’s individual business objectives.

Dena handles a broad range of regulatory compliance issues for health care providers, including responses to government inspections, professional licensure actions, Medicare appeals, patient discrimination claims, probate court matters relating to decision making and Fair Housing issues, as well as risk management and day-to-day operational issues.  With an extensive background in HIPAA, she also assists health care providers with HIPAA privacy and security compliance, policy development and implementation, training and service as a privacy officer.

A seasoned litigator as well, Dena brings to her work the perspective of a skilled advocate, and a keen understanding of the strategic challenges her clients may face in a litigation and pre-litigation context.

In 2015, Dena was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Office of State Ethics’ Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board, of which she currently serves as the Chair. Dena received the 2016 Alumni Public Interest Champion of Justice Award from the Roger Williams University School of Law.  She was also named a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation in 2016.  In addition to other awards and recognition, in 2011, Connecticut Magazine named Dena one of Connecticut’s 40 Under 40 and the National LGBT Bar Association recognized her as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers under 40.

Dena currently serves on the steering committee of the Health Care Council of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the executive committee of the LGBT section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  She is also the immediate past president of The CABO Foundation and was the founder of the state’s LGBT chamber of commerce.

Dena is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.

Memberships
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Connecticut Bar Association (Privacy and Cybersecurity, Health Care and LGBT sections)
  • Executive Committee Member, LGBT section of the Connecticut Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Steering Committee Member, Health Care Council of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
Publications
  • Medical Marijuana Use in Nursing Homes: What's the Risk of Exclusion?, LTC-SIR Advisor - a Publication of the American Health Lawyers Association Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group, April 2015
  • Co-Authored Assisted Living Communities and Continuing Care Retirement Communities chapter, with Heather Berchem in The Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Issues, American Health Lawyers Association (2014)
  • The Duty to Preserve: When is it Triggered?, Connecticut Law Tribune, November 2011
  • Payment for Failed Projects an Iffy Proposition, Connecticut Law Tribune, December 2006

 

Recognition
  • Alumni Public Interest Champion of Justice Award, Roger Williams University School of Law, January 2016
  • James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • Holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • New Leader in the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune, October 2013
  • Rising Star, Business New Haven, September 2013
  • The Dena M. Castricone Scholarship Fund established by CABO Foundation, 2012
  • Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, National LGBT Bar Association (affiliate of ABA), Class of 2011
  • 40 Under 40, Connecticut Magazine, March 2011
  • Women of High Achievement, Connecticut Law Tribune, September 2010
  • Dorothy Award, New Haven Pride Center, February 2010

 

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Bar & Court Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • Federal District Court of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Education
  • Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2002)
  • Roger Williams University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1998)
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