Robert P. Vacchiano


Robert P. Vacchiano is Counsel in the Firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Group and Cyber Security & Data Privacy Group.

As a member of the Firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Group, Robert represents insurers, reinsurers, retrocessionaires, and intermediaries in a broad range of complex insurance matters.  Robert has more than a decade of experience litigating in this area and has authored articles on cyber liability and cyber insurance.

Robert’s practice with the Firm’s Cyber Security and Data Privacy Group began as an extension of his insurance coverage practice and his attention to issues that give rise to cyber insurance claims.  He now works to assist businesses directly by providing them with advice and representation on legal issues presented by cyberattacks, ransomware, data breaches, errors in electronic fund transfers, and other privacy and security related matters.

Robert has attained the Certified Information Privacy Professional/U.S. (CIPP/US) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  IAPP certifications are considered the global industry standard in the field of data privacy and security, and the CIPP/US certification reflects a demonstrated understanding of the patchwork of federal, state, and local laws governing private-sector information privacy obligations in the United States.

Robert also has significant experience handling a wide variety of commercial litigation and professional liability matters.

In addition to his work as a litigator, Robert helps counsel businesses large and small on a range of matters, including contracts, technology licensing arrangements, employment issues, data privacy obligations, and intellectual property matters.

Beyond his day-to-day practice, Robert has the privilege of serving as a barrister in the Brennan-Vanderbilt Inn of Court, a trial inn and chapter of the American Inns of Court.  He is also an active member of the Defense Research Institute, International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the Essex County Bar Association.

Robert graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University School of Law, where he was Notes and Articles Editor of the Fordham International Law Journal and a member of the Federal Litigation Clinic.  Following law school, Robert served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Vincent J. Grasso, Assignment Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Ocean County.

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

New York

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

United States District Court, Southern District of New York

United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


Fordham University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2011

George Washington University, B.A., cum laude, 2008

Professional Activities

Barrister, Brennan-Vanderbilt Inn of Court

Member, Essex County Bar Association

Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Rankings & Recognitions

Since 2021, Robert has been included in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America for his work in Insurance Law. The “Ones to Watch” awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

In addition, Thomson Reuters included Robert on its “Super Lawyers Rising Stars” list for insurance coverage in both 2017 and 2021. See Awards and Honors Methodology.

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Lawsuit Seeking Business Interruption and Civil Authority Coverage for Coronavirus Losses Calls on Court to Disregard Virus Exclusion Based on Pending Legislation, Lexology (Apr. 9, 2020)

Cyber Insurance Update 2019: Misdirection Abounds, New Jersey Law Journal (Nov. 26, 2019)

Cyber Insurance Update: Recent Developments, New Jersey Law Journal (Nov. 30, 2018)

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