Allison E. Cole


Allison is a Partner in the Akron office of BMD. Her practice focuses on cybersecurity, privacy, international, corporate, commercial and compliance matters, serving clients in a variety of industries including technology, consulting, retail, manufacturing, distribution and supply chain, health care, chemical and coatings, among others.

Allison is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She is also a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional, a designation of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE).

Previously serving as in-house counsel in various capacities at two large public companies in the Northeast Ohio area, she has experience in developing user-friendly contracts customized for her clients’ business operations and risk profile. Allison also has experience in developing new compliance programs and in auditing existing programs to proactively work with clients in improving corporate policies, processes and training.

Contact Information

75 East Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44308


Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.
Miami University, B.A. Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs
Miami University, B.A. International Studies


Corporate and Commercial Matters - U.S. and Global Expertise

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Purchase and Sale of Products and Services
  • Software License, Maintenance, and Hardware Purchase/Lease Agreements
  • Consulting, Independent Contractor, Employment Agreements
  • E-commerce related matters, including technology transactions

Privacy and Cybersecurity

  • Privacy and Data Security Compliance Policy, Procedure and Program Advisory Services
  • Risk Assessment and Compliance Program Evaluation and Management Services
  • State, Federal and International Privacy and Data Protection Laws, Rules and Regulations
  • Health Care Privacy and Security, including compliance with HIPAA, HITECH and other healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse regulations
  • Data Breach and Incident Response Planning and Training
  • Social Networking, eCommerce, and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • SAAS, PAAS, IASS Contract Negotiation and Privacy and Security Integration

Compliance Management and Consulting

  • General Ethics and Compliance Management and Consulting
  • Policy Creation Review, and Management, including Code of Conduct
  • Compliance Training Programs
  • International Trade Compliance
  • Conflict Minerals Compliance
  • Anti-corruption Compliance
  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

Courts & Bar Associations

  • Ohio
  • District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Stark County Bar Association, Member of Corporate Executive Committee
  • Akron Bar Association, Member (Student-Mentor Program)
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Women In Touch with Akron's Needs (WITAN)
  • Sing Stark Board of Directors
  • Firestone Akron Swim Team – Board of Directors

Presentations & Publications

  • Cybersecurity Issues for Manufacturers
  • Protecting Your Manufacturing Company from Cyber Risks & Attacks
  • Navigating the M&A Transactional Structure: Legal and Regulatory Considerations Explored (
  • Software License Agreement Terms for IT Professionals: What are the Important Terms,
    What do each Mean, and Why Should I Care?
  • Commercial Purchase and Sale Agreements and Negotiation Strategies for Purchasing Managers and Sales Professionals Series including:
    • Uniform Commercial Code Basics
    • Product Warranties
    • Requirements Contracts
    • Intellectual Property Protection
    • Confidentiality
    • Battle of the Forms
    • Indemnification
    • Online Terms and Conditions
  • Executive Compliance Training: Anti-bribery/Anti-corruption, Code of Conduct, Conflicts of Interest, Antitrust
  • Antitrust for Sales and Marketing Professionals
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act Fundamentals for US based and international employees
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