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Elizabeth K. Hinson

Associate

Atlantic Station
201 17th Street NW
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30363
bess.hinson@nelsonmullins.com

Bess Hinson is an associate based out of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s Atlanta office where she practices in the Privacy and Information Security Practice Group. She provides legal advice on matters related to privacy laws affecting multiple sectors of the economy. She represents clients at all stages of incident response from investigation, notification, remediation,...

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Bess Hinson is an associate based out of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s Atlanta office where she practices in the Privacy and Information Security Practice Group. She provides legal advice on matters related to privacy laws affecting multiple sectors of the economy. She represents clients at all stages of incident response from investigation, notification, remediation, managing privacy class action risks, and defense of litigation and regulatory inquiry. She regularly counsels clients on cross-border data flows and navigating conflicts between foreign privacy laws and U.S. compliance obligations. She has experience in privacy matters, including information governance and data management, online advertising, internal compliance policies, and consumer policies, including website and mobile application policies, vendor management, blockchain, and advising on privacy and security-related compliance strategies and programs.

managing privacy class action risks, and defense of litigation and regulatory inquiry. She regularly counsels clients on cross-border data flows and navigating conflicts between foreign privacy laws and U.S. compliance obligations. She has experience in privacy matters, including information governance and data management, online advertising, internal compliance policies, and consumer policies, including website and mobile application policies, vendor management, blockchain, and advising on privacy and security-related compliance strategies and programs.

Bess Hinson is an associate based out of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s Atlanta office where she practices in the Privacy and Information Security Practice Group. She provides legal advice on matters related to privacy laws affecting multiple sectors of the economy. She represents clients at all stages of incident response from investigation, notification, remediation,... managing privacy class action risks, and defense of litigation and regulatory inquiry. She regularly counsels clients on cross-border data flows and navigating conflicts between foreign privacy laws and U.S. compliance obligations. She has experience in privacy matters, including information governance and data management, online advertising, internal compliance policies, and consumer policies, including website and mobile application policies, vendor management, blockchain, and advising on privacy and security-related compliance strategies and programs.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Advised multiple clients through all stages of data breach incidents resulting from W-2 phishing scams, including developing tailored guidance for affected employee populations
  • Counseled manufacturer regarding cross-border data transfers, social networking matters, and e-mail marketing campaigns
  • Defended large retailer in consumer data breach multidistrict litigation including claims under state data breach notification laws, the Stored Communications Act, and consumer protection statutes
  • Counseled multiple clients on the development of global privacy policies and terms of service for e-commerce websites and mobile applications, including drafting the policies and related agreements
  • Represented an international auto manufacturer in the review and revision of vendor and certain data sharing agreements
  • Performed privacy and security due diligence for the acquisition of a technology company
  • Counseled national construction company through all stages of a data breach incident, including incident analysis and breach containment, notification in compliance with all regulatory requirements, loss mitigation, and remediation
  • Advised an international auto manufacturer regarding privacy and data security employee training, including drafting various training documents
  • Counseled international software company regarding cross-border data transfers
  • Defended diverse businesses in breach of contract matters and related business litigation

Previous Professional Experience

  • Associate, Atlanta law firm (2013-2015)
  • Associate, Michigan law firm (2011-2012)
    • Summer Associate (2009)
  • Legal Intern, United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, Washington, D.C. (Summer 2010)
  • Paralegal/Researcher, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Ala. (2006-2007)
  • Research Assistant, Yale University Division of the Vice President and General Counsel, New Haven, Conn. (Summer 2006)
  • Research Assistant to Douglas W. Rae, Richard S. Ely Professor of Management & Professor of Political Science, Yale School of Management, New Haven, Conn. (Summer 2006)

Educational Activities

  • University of Michigan Law School
    • Student Attorney, Human Trafficking Clinic
    • Graduate Student Instructor: University of Michigan, Department of English Language and Literature (Fall 2010)

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, JD (2011)
    • Executive Editor, Michigan Journal of Race & Law
  • University of Oxford, Master, English and American Studies (2009)
  • Yale College, BA, English (2006)

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Clerkships

  • The Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2012 - 2013)

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Industries

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