Lea McBryde

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Lea McBryde

Attorney at Law


Lea McBryde is an Associate in our Charlotte office, where she focuses her practice on data privacy and cybersecurity matters.

Prior to joining HBS, Lea interned for the Honorable Terrence W. Boyle with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. She was also the head of fundraising for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi in 2019 and an advancement officer for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Lea earned her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina and her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and Political Science from Davidson College.



State Courts:

  • North Carolina, 2023


  • J.D., University of North Carolina, 2023
  • B.A., English Language and Literature, Davidson College, 2015
  • B.A., Political Science, Davidson College, 2015


In the Press

Singapore’s Amendments to Its Cybersecurity Laws

The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore released amendments to its cybersecurity laws on May 7, reinterpreting how critical information infrastructure is defined, identified, and secured.

China’s New Regulations for Cross-Border Transfers

In March 2024, the Cyberspace Administration of China published new regulations on the cross-border data flows. These regulations aim to loosen the constraints of the compliance burden companies face while having operations in China…

A Closer Look: EU’s Finalized AI Act & What It Means for the U.S.

Touted as the world’s first comprehensive legal framework of its kind, the AI Act will go into effect in stages over the next three years. The AI Act will apply to both businesses operating within the EU and to any AI developers or creators whose AI systems are used in EU countries and raises a few questions…

Compromise Brings EU Artificial Intelligence Act One Step Closer to Final

On February 13, 2024, EU member states voted unanimously in favor of the proposed EU AI Act, the result of extensive negotiations and compromises between member states and is now expected to be formally adopted in March or April of this year.

Forecasting 2024 Global Privacy Legislative Developments

Global legislative developments in the privacy sphere were abundant in 2023. Privacy professionals from around the world predict that legislation pertaining to data privacy and cyber security will continue to flourish in 2024, and this post explores those predictions.

California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) Publishes Revised Draft Cybersecurity Audit Regulations in Advance of December Board Meeting

On November 8, 2023, the CPPA published an updated draft of its cybersecurity audit regulations, intended, in part, to facilitate board discussion and public participation during the upcoming CPPA board meeting…

HBS Charlotte Adds Attorneys Lea McBryde & Charles “Jake” Taylor

Hall Booth Smith Charlotte is excited to welcome Attorneys Lea McBryde and Charles “Jake” Taylor to its office