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  • B.S., East Carolina University, 1989
  • J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992, with high honors; Order of the Coif; North Carolina Law Review Staff, 1990; Senior Staff, 1991
  • North Carolina, 1992
  • United States District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1993
  • United States District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1993
  • United States District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1992
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1994
100 North Tryon Street
Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003

Karin M. McGinnis

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Privacy & Data Security Practice

With two decades of experience as a practicing attorney, Karin McGinnis, CIPP US, has handled a wide variety of privacy and data security matters for her clients, with a special emphasis on privacy and data security issues in the workplace. Recognized by her peers as a Martindale Hubble AV Preeminent and among the North Carolina Legal Elite and Super Lawyers, Ms. McGinnis is known as a true business partner when litigating and providing counsel to her clients.

She has assisted clients with privacy and data security issues internationally, including compliance with GDPR, an international ethics hotline, international data transfers, and data breaches affecting consumers overseas. Ms. McGinnis also has experience drafting record retention, Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”), and employee mobile device policies and programs in diverse industries, as well as PCI-DSS issues.

Ms. McGinnis’ privacy and data security experience includes counseling and litigation regarding misappropriation of trade secrets, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and state computer trespass laws, and common law privacy torts. Her litigation experience also includes HIPAA privacy issues, discovery challenges posed by the Stored Communications Act, privacy of consumer financial information under Gramm-Leach-Bliley, and confidentiality rights concerning mental health consumers. She also has successfully negotiated and advised clients in responding TCPA claims.

Ms. McGinnis also handles data breach matters in the U.S. and internationally for her clients and has worked with the USSS and the FBI in investigating potential cyber-crime and data breaches. She has assisted clients with drafting and creating data breach procedures, FACTA Red Flag policies and procedures, online privacy policies, CCPA compliance, GLBA compliance, data security plans, data security provisions in vendor agreements, and employee data security training. 

In addition, Ms. McGinnis frequently advises clients and drafts policies and agreements in connection with employee monitoring, social media, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, limitations imposed by the National Labor Relations Act on employee confidentiality and social media policies and agreements, drug testing, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the CAN-SPAM Act, and protection of private personnel information under state law.

In the age of increasing commoditization of legal services, from off-the-shelf policies to one-size-fits-all agreements, Ms. McGinnis knows that no two clients’ needs are alike, and she works to achieve results that best fit each client’s culture, resources and goals.

Of Note

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US), International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Certified Privacy and Data Security Specialist, North Carolina State Bar
  • Member, North Carolina State Bar Specialization Committee for Privacy and Data Security, 2018-2019
  • 2018 Women in Business Award Winner, presented by the Charlotte Business Journal
  • Included in Chambers Partners USA in North Carolina - Labor & Employment, 2014-2019
  • Selected for inclusion to the North Carolina Super Lawyers list in 2015-2019 for Employment & Labor
  • Named among The Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law - Management, 2019-2020
  • Named among The Best Lawyers in America for ERISA, 2016-2018
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, 2005, 2008-2014, 2017-2019
  • Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Labor & Employment Star-South, 2019 and Labor & Employment Star, 2020
  • 2014 ATHENA Leadership Awards, Corporate Nominee
  • Leader in the Law, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2012
  • Business Leader Media Award Women Extraordinaire, 2010
  • Martindale Hubble Rated AV Preeminent
  • Guest Lecturer, Wake Forest Law School, Law and Technology Class (August 26, 2019)
  • Presenter, Globalaw's 2018 European Regional Seminar, Rome, Italy (April 19, 2018)
  • Co-Presenter, "The EU General Data Protection Regulation: A Primer for U.S. Companies," Association of Corporate Counsel- Charlotte Chapter (February 21, 2018)
  • Author, "New Data Breach Rulings — 4th Circ. Vs. 3rd Circ.," Law360 (February 9, 2017)
  • Author, "Expect More Privacy Challenges This Year," Legaltech News (April 2016)
  • Co-Presenter, "Cyber War Games," Association of Corporate Counsel- South Carolina Chapter Annual Meeting (November 10, 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, "Protecting Information While Employing Workers Overseas,” Globalaw Client Seminar (October 23, 2015)
  • Co-Author, “Efforts to Fix Data Security Flaws Carry Weight with FTC,” National Law Journal (February 2015)
  • Author, “The Ever Expanding Scope of Employee Privacy Protections,” ACC Charlotte Chapter Newsletter (December 2014)
  • Co-Author, “Cybersecurity Special Report: Trade Commission Takes Line on Data Security,” National Law Journal (November 2014)
  • Co-Presenter, “Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace,” MVA Privacy & Data Security Seminar Series (May 29, 2014)
  • Author, “Social Media- Love it or Leave it?” Business North Carolina (May 2014)
  • Co-Presenter, “Preventing and Responding to a Cybersecurity Event from the Legal and Technical Perspectives: NIST Cybersecurity Framework,” MVA Privacy & Data Security Seminar Series (March 27, 2014)
  • Co-Presenter, “Social Media Strategies and Risks,” Association of Corporate Counsel-Charlotte Chapter (February 5, 2014)
  • Co-Presenter, “Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace: What U.S. and E.U. Employers Need to Know,” Globalaw Webinar (December 9, 2013)
  • Author, "5 Ways to Reduce Liability in Hiring a Rival’s Employee," Corporate Counsel (October 10, 2013)
  • Author, "Look Before You Leap: Employee 'Bring Your Own Device' Programs," Corporate Board Member (January 2013)
  • "Legal Issues Associated with Corporate Bring Your Own Device Programs," JP Morgan Chase, New York, New York (December 6, 2012)
  • Co-Author, "4 Tips for Drafting an Enforceable Employment Covenant," Inside Counsel (August 13, 2012)
  • Co-Author, "3 Ways to Avoid Problems with Ex-Employees," Inside Counsel (July 30, 2012)
  • Co-author, "7 Ways to Avoid Trouble with the EEOC," Inside Counsel (July 16, 2012)
  • Co-author, "5 Ways to Avoid Trouble with the Department of Labor," Inside Counsel (July 2, 2012)
  • Co-author, "Avoid Trouble with the NLRB," Inside Counsel (June 18, 2012)
  • Co-author, "14 Tips for Smoother Hiring, Employment and Termination," Inside Counsel (June 4, 2012)
  • Lead counsel for the plaintiff, "Mock Trial: Hostile Work Environment" presentation for Society of Human Resource Management (Charlotte, NC chapter) (October 11, 2010)
  • Co-Author, "Feds ready to crack down on employee classification" for the Charlotte Business Journal (April 16, 2010)
  • Presented "Top 10 HR Priorities for 2010" at The Employer's Association (February, 19, 2010)
  • Author, "Employee Leave: The Essentials Behind What You Have to Do and What You Should Do to Retain Top Management," chapter in ExecBlueprints series
  • Author, "Helping Businesses Stay Compliant," chapter in Inside the Minds: Labor and Employment Litigation Strategies
  • Chair, Board of Directors and Personnel Committee Chair, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Metrolinas
  • Pro bono counsel assisting nonprofit organizations with employment law issues
  • Past Chair, Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association
  • Served as guardian ad litem for the Children’s Law Center
  • Serves as pro bono domestic violence counsel
  • Former member, Film Advisory Board of the Carolinas Partnership
  • Former Board of Directors member, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Graduate, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Leadership School
  • Named to the Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners 2013 Pro Bono Honor Roll by Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Legal Aid of North Carolina–Charlotte, and Council for Children’s Rights

Professional Affiliations

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • American Bar Association: Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections; Women Advocates Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections
  • Young Lawyers Division, Secretary, Past Division Director for Service to the Bar, Long Range Planning Committee, Past Division Director for Service to the Public, Chair-Elect, 2000-2001; Chair 2001-2002
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Board of Governors, 2001-2002; Nominations Committee 2002-2003
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Lawyer Effectiveness and Quality of Life Committee 2006-2019
  • North Carolina Bar Association: President's 4-All Task Force, 2007-2008
  • North Carolina Bar Association Pro Bono Task Force