Sarah Hutchins helps clients navigate business litigation, government investigations, and data privacy. 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. She has a particularly deep understanding of the digital aspects of business litigation, which allows her to assist clients in quickly tracing 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, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 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.
Her experience with business litigation and government investigations also strengthens her cybersecurity and data privacy practice. Sarah 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. She has counseled national companies on compliance with federal and state privacy regulations, facilitated the export of significant amounts of data out of various countries with regards to discovery in litigation, and coordinated responses to data breaches for a number of entities, including governmental and quasi-governmental entities.
In addition, Sarah's skill at the intersection of data and litigation is an integral part of her ability to manage large-scale e-discovery issues.
Within Parker Poe, Sarah leads the firm's Community Service Committee and is a member of its Recruiting Committee, Professional Review Committee, and 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.