Attorney - Richard  Sheinis


Richard Sheinis
Charlotte Office
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 980-859-0380
F: 678-539-1507
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Richard Sheinis has litigated in federal and state courts for thirty (30) years. He 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.

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

Practice Areas

Data Privacy and Security

Mr. Sheinis is certified as a privacy professional (CIPP-US) by 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.  Mr. Sheinis 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


Mr. Sheinis has represented the interests of insurers and private businesses in a variety of employment matters. This representation includes preparation and evaluation of employment agreements, including restrictive covenants, independent contractor agreements, and broker agreements. He has also defended business entities against discrimination claims based on race, religion, national origin, sex disability and age. 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.

Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice

Mr. Sheinis has represented professionals accused of violating professional standards during his entire seventeen (17) years at HBS. This representation has focused on medical  and accounting professionals. Accounting matters have included allegations of negligent tax return preparation, violations of audit standards, conflict of interest, and data breaches resulting in client information being improperly disclosed.


B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1980
J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1983


North Carolina
11th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia


Data Protection Weekly- A weekly newsletter that Mr. Sheinis sends out with the latest updates on Data Protection. Click here if you'd like to subscribe.

Hospitality Upgrade magazine, Spring 2015. "The Cyber Threat: Landscape for 2015,"p.12-24. Click here to read full article.

Hospitality Upgrade, Winter 2014. "Data Security Part 3: Training Staff to Reduce Risks Associated with Data Breach" Click here to read full article.

Hospitality Upgrade, Fall 2013. "Making Your Cloud Agreement Work for You" Click here to read full article.

Hospitality Upgrade, Summer 2013. "Embracing Mobility" Click here to read full article.

DRI, For The Defense 2012, "Data Protection in International Business"

DRI, For The Defense 2011,  "Enforcement of International Arbiration Awards in the United States".


AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Defense Research Institute
State Bar of Georgia
Tennessee Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar
International Association of Privacy Professionals
USLAW Network
Secretary, Netherlands-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeastern United States

United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
Board Member, Analytics and Big Data Society


“Are You Ready for GDPR?," HTNG Asia-Pacific Conference, Macau, China, July 25, 2018
“GDPR Is Here:  What Does It Really Mean?,” Keynote Presentation, NorthState Ninth Annual Executive Briefing and CIO Roundtable Event, May 18, 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 in Boston, 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 Cyber Security 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," Educational Breakfast Event hosted by Sterling Risk Advisors, Capital City Club- Brookhaven, February 2, 2016
"Better Call Saul,"Data Security Training Seminar by Hospitality eResources, Atlanta, GA, January 2016
"Data Privacy and Security, Cyber Liability, Compliance and Other Concerns in the Data Age," Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, 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," Soup to Nuts Lunch & Learn, sponsored by Sovereign Risk Solutions, August 27, 2015
“Dawn of the Data Age”, Keynote Address, DRI Data Breach and Privacy Law Conference, September 2014
"The Road to Data Privacy and Cyber Security", 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
Georgia Healthcare Association Spring 2012 Conference, "HIPAA/HITECH and Other Data Security Issues"