Claudia Rast is a shareholder based in Butzel Long's Ann Arbor office, where she is the Practice Department Chair for the firm’s Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology Group. Rast blends her expertise in law, business, and science to counsel clients in the areas of cybersecurity, data privacy, emerging technology and intellectual property licensing and registration.
Where cybersecurity and data privacy have become recent hot topics for lawyers and law firms, Rast has been deeply involved, counseling clients in these areas for over twenty-five years, and accordingly is a frequent national speaker on these topics. In 2001, she was the only lawyer named as a Technology Industry Leader in Crain's Detroit Business, and in 2003 the Ann Arbor Chapter of American Women in Computing named her as one of twenty "Top Michigan Women in Computing." In 2015, she was named by Michigan’s Lawyer’s Weekly as a “Leader in the Law,” defined as someone who is “changing the law, expanding access to justice and improving the profession and their communities.” She has been named a Super Lawyer in 2017 and 2018 in technology transactions.
Her community service included membership on the Boards of Ann Arbor's New Enterprise Forum (2008-2017) and ICLE's Technology Training Advisory Board (1998-2017), and presently she serves on the Finance Committee of Ann Arbor SPARK. She is also member of the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan Board of Directors (2017-present).
An author of numerous articles and book chapters, her current book project is a collaboration on an ABA book entitled Lawyers Handbook for Cyber Incident Management due to be published in the summer of 2019. Other works on data privacy and cybersecurity include a book and online course for CPE credit, CPA's Guide to Privacy (Bisk Education/Thomson Reuters 2006, 2012, 2014, 2016 & 2018), and a chapter entitled “Privacy & Data Breach” for Thomson Reuters’ "Inside the Minds" Aspatore Book series (April 2013). More recently Rast authored the chapter “Confidentiality and Security in a Modern World” in Ethics for the Environmental Lawyer (ABA 2017), and co-authored the chapter “Best Practices for Incident Response: Achieving Preparedness through Alignment with Voluntary Consensus Standards” in ABA Cybersecurity Handbook (2d Edition 2017).
Rast received her B.S. from the University of Michigan, majoring in Natural Resources, and her J.D. from University of Detroit School of Law, where she was the editor-in-chief of the law review and later clerked for the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams.