Suzanne Gainey practices in both the Commercial & Technology Transactions and Privacy & Data Security groups. Her experience involves a wide-range of technology, intellectual property, and privacy matters, with a focus on transactional work.


Before practicing law, Suzanne studied mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois and worked as a technology analyst in the financial services industry. She also has experience analyzing patent portfolios, conducting intellectual property due diligence, and negotiating technology and commercial agreements.

Suzanne graduated cum laude from Duke University School of Law, where she earned an L.L.M. in Law and Entrepreneurship and served as a technology transfer assistant for the University’s Office of Licensing and Ventures.



  • North Carolina Super Lawyers "Rising Star", 2021
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • North Carolina Low-Wealth Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (NC LEAP)
  • Duke University Alumni Association


Blogs and Resources

Blog Posts



  • "The EU General Data Protection Regulation: A Primer for U.S. Companies," Association of Corporate Counsel Charlotte Chapter, February 2018
  • "The Digital and Privacy Law Revolution: The Impact of Privacy Law and the Cloud on Business," ACC South Carolina Annual Meeting, September 2018


L.L.M., Duke University, cum laude

J.D., Loyola University Chicago, cum laude

B.S., University of Illinois


  • North Carolina
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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