Alexander (Sandy) R. Bilus assists clients who are facing complex commercial litigation or who need legal advice on issues involving cybersecurity and data privacy, particularly in the higher education and financial services industries. Sandy's litigation experience includes arguing cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and assisting with cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. His cybersecurity and data privacy experience includes responding to potential data breaches and providing advice on compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Sandy's work for institutions of higher education includes providing advice and conducting internal investigations connected to their compliance concerns, as well as responding to private lawsuits and government enforcement activity.
He also counsels colleges and universities on cybersecurity and data privacy matters. Because of the depth of his experience representing higher education institutions, he understands the unique challenges that this industry faces in planning for cyber-attacks and data breaches, to managing these crises, to proceeding after one or both occur.
Sandy also advises clients on First Amendment and defamation matters. Through his work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, Sandy has represented clients bringing First Amendment and other constitutional claims. He also represented on a pro bono basis a group of same-sex couples who brought a constitutional challenge to Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage.
Before joining Saul Ewing, he practiced for six years at an international law firm in Philadelphia and worked as a law clerk for two federal judges.