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Richard Sheinis

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Richard Sheinis



Richard Sheinis has litigated in federal and state courts for 37 years and has been the first chair for approximately 175 jury trials. His clients have included health care professionals and institutions, technology companies, and global business entities.

Rich takes advantage of his litigation background to work with businesses in the areas of data privacy and cybersecurity, employment, and technology. He works with a wide variety of companies from small technology businesses to publicly traded companies with a global footprint.


Data Privacy & Cybersecurity

Rich is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) and a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He works with companies to investigate and respond to HIPAA and other data breaches, advises on regulatory compliance including HIPAA, COPPA, PCI DSS, cross-border data transfer, the EU-US Privacy Shield, and other global privacy regulations. Rich is well-versed in technology matters, and regularly works on technology issues related to:

  • Software as a Service (SaaS) agreements
  • Web development and hosting
  • Cloud computing
  • Electronic Health Record software agreements
  • Software licensing
  • Technology outsourcing
  • Data analytics
Labor & Employment

Rich has represented the interests of clients in a variety of employment matters. He has defended clients against discrimination claims base on race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and age as well as Title IX claims against colleges and universities. He has also represented clients in lawsuits alleging violations of the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and a variety of claims alleging wrongful termination. Representative matters include:

  • Defended hotel chain against claims of national origin and religious discrimination.
  • Defended employer against claim of gender discrimination.
  • Represented health care providers against claims of disability, religious and racial discrimination.
  • Prepared employment agreements, which included non-compete, non-solicitation and non-interference restrictive covenants.
  • Responded to EEOC charges on behalf of a variety of employers.



State Courts:

  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee

U.S. District Courts:

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

U.S. Courts of Appeal:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)
    • Issued by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT)
    • Issued by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Fellow of Information Privacy
    • Issued by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


  • J.D., Duke University, 1983
  • B.A., Binghamton University, 1980


  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Netherlands-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeastern United States, Secretary
  • Analytics and Big Data Society, Board Member
  • Hospitality Technology Next Generation



  • Using AI in Your Business
    HBS Webinar; July 27, 2023
  • New U.S. Privacy Laws & the Changing International Landscape
    BITAC – Operations, April 2023
  • Partnering with Cyber Insurance Before, During, and After an Event
    Charlotte Technology Leadership Conference; September 10, 2020
  • COVID-19 Legislative Updates and Remote Security,
    Curi; August 13, 2020
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  • Revised CCPA Regulations And How COVID-19 Is Affecting Data Privacy
    Hall Booth Smith; April 7, 2020
  • State Privacy Law Update
    IAPP-Charlotte Knowledge Net Chapter; October 23, 2019
  • CCPA Is Almost Here – How to Get Ready
    Hall Booth Smith; October 16, 2019
  • Beyond HIPAA: Cyber Threats, Hackers and Risks … and How to Protect PHI
    Georgia Society of Healthcare Risk Managers, Fall Conference; September 9, 2019
  • NY SHIELD Act: How Your Data Privacy and Security Obligations Could Change
    Hall Booth Smith; August 20, 2019
  • How AI Is Reshaping the Future of HealthCare
    Florida Society of Hospital Risk Managers and Patient Safety, Annual Conference; August 15, 2019
  • Blockchain in Hospitality: Regulatory and Governance
    Hotel Technology Next Generation; April 30, 2019
  • Are You Ready for GDPR?
    HTNG Asia-Pacific Conference, Macau, China; July 24-26, 2018
  • Held for Ransom! First Steps to Mitigate Potential Server and Systems Takeover
    Medical Mutual 2018 Webinar Series; April 11,2018
  • Worried About GDPR?
    HT-NEXT Conference; March 14, 2018
  • GDPR Contracting
    HT-NEXT Conference, CISO Forum; March 13, 2018
  • Cybersecurity: Keeping Us Safe or Making Us More Vulnerable?
    Charleston School of Law 2018 Symposium; February 9, 2018
  • GDPR Readiness
    Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals, Central Carolina Chapter Meeting; January 26, 2018
  • IT For Banking Law Lawyers: Threats, Security Trends, and Expectations
    USLAW NETWORK Banking and Financial Services In-House Counsel Forum; October 4, 2017
  • Exercising Cybersecurity Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions
    Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, 2017 CLM Management & Professional Liability Conference; July 27, 2017
  • Data Security Risk Assessments: The Gold of Due Diligence
    American Bar Association, National Legal Malpractice Conference; April 20, 2017
  • Getting Smart about PII: A Legal & Logistical Roadmap to Protect from Privacy and Security Risks
    Hotel Technology Forum + HTNG North America HT-Next; April 11, 2017
  • Cloud Security and Mitigating Vulnerabilities
    UNC Charlotte Cybersecurity Symposium; October 5, 2016
  • The GDPR, EU – US Privacy Shield and the Russian Data Localization Law
    Hotel Technology Next Generation; May 3, 2016
  • Privacy/Cyber Legal Issues in Private Practices
    Sterling Risk Advisors, Sterling Club Educational Breakfast; February 2, 2016
  • Better Call Saul
    Hospitality eResources, Data Security Training Seminar; January 2016
  • Data Privacy and Security, Cyber Liability, Compliance and Other Concerns in the Data Age
    Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys; November 20-21, 2015
  • Protection and Use of EMR in the Digital Age of Analytics, Clouds and Bad Guys
    North Carolina Health Information Management Association; November 5, 2015
  • Privacy & Cyber Liability, Protecting Your Business
    Sovereign Risk Solutions, Soup to Nuts Lunch & Learn; August 27, 2015
  • Dawn of the Data Age
    DRI, Data Breach & Privacy Law Conference; September 2014
  • The Road to Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
    Alabama Association of Corporate Counsel, April 2014
  • The New HIPAA Security Omnibus Regulation & Other Updates for the HIPAA Security Rule
    Georgia Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Fall 2013 Conference
  • Employment Policies and Agreements to Minimize Risk in BYOD Program
    USLAW Webinar, August 20, 2013
  • HIPAA/HITECH and Other Data Security Issues
    Georgia Healthcare Association, Spring 2012 Conference


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In the Press

HBS Legal Trends: Legal Implications of Using AI in Your Business

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Law360: Richard Sheinis on Online Tracking Tech & HIPAA Compliance Risks

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Hotel Interactive: Richard Sheinis on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Hospitality

In a June 25, 2023, article written for Hotel Interactive, Charlotte Partner Richard Sheinis reviews the potential roles artificial intelligence (AI) can play within the hospitality industry. In it, he provides an overview of what AI is, how it works, and what opportunities and risks some popular technologies such as ChatGPT may hold for those
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Law.com: Richard Sheinis on the Rise of Data Breach Class Actions

In an article published on June 21, 2023, in the New York Law Journal, Richard Sheinis, partner at Hall Booth Smith, and Lisa Jaffe, AVP of Cyber/Technology/Media Claims at Hiscox Insurance, discuss the significant increase in class action lawsuits involving data breaches and how defendants can use legal defenses to stop the class action, such
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