Sarah Hutchins leads the firm's Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Team and is certified as a legal specialist in privacy and information security law by the North Carolina State Bar.
Sarah helps clients navigate business litigation, government investigations, and data privacy and cybersecurity. She has significant experience representing clients in business disputes, including over noncompetition and non-solicitation agreements, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair and deceptive trade practices. Her deep understanding of the digital aspects of business litigation allows her to assist clients in quickly identifying a digital trail and isolating key material.
Sarah also has extensive experience in large-scale government investigations featuring the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), among other regulators. A seasoned litigator, she is admitted to practice before state and federal courts in North Carolina and Virginia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Sarah's experience with business litigation and government investigations strengthens her cybersecurity and data privacy practice. She is recognized by the IAPP as a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), which is the gold standard for privacy professionals in America. Sarah counsels multi-national corporations on compliance with federal and state data privacy and security regulations, advises on the cross-border transfer of personal data, coordinates data breach responses with governmental and quasi-governmental entities, and guides clients through the intersection of data privacy and artificial intelligence (AI). Sarah's extensive litigation experience includes federal and state civil lawsuits related to data privacy, security, and information technology.
Within Parker Poe, Sarah serves as a member of the firm's Professional Review Committee and its Security Team.
While at the William & Mary School of Law, she was a member of the Journal of Women and the Law and the William & Mary Moot Court Team.