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Sara Romine’s practice focuses on data privacy and security law, the protection of intellectual property, and business litigation. Sara’s representations range from the boardroom to the courtroom, providing clients with comprehensive business and legal strategies for protecting their most valuable assets.

Sara is an experienced litigator who excels in high-pressure situations. Sara routinely litigates cases involving the theft or misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of covenants not to compete, and acts of digital piracy and computer fraud. She is experienced in the art of seeking and defending against temporary and permanent injunctive relief. Sara also routinely handles internal investigations into computer crimes and acts of digital piracy. Outside the courtroom, Sara drafts and reviews non-competition, confidentiality, and non-disclosure agreements, and develops policies and procedures designed to safeguard critical business assets.

Sara routinely counsels and advises clients on data privacy and security issues, including compliance with state and federal laws governing the handling of personal-identifying information, protected-health information, and financial information. She assists clients in the development of internal policies and procedures relating to information governance and the collection, storage, and transmission of sensitive data. Sara also frequently assists in the negotiation and execution of third-party vendor contracts relating to the handling of valuable business data, including for storage, marketing, and other data analytics. In the area of data security, Sara advises clients on how to prepare for and respond to data breach incidents, and how to mitigate risks and liabilities going forward.

Sara holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional credential for the US domestic sector from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  She is a frequent speaker on topics relating to data privacy and security issues, and recently co-taught a course on “Legal Issues in eHealth Technologies” at American University’s Washington College of Law. Sara is on the Steering Committee for the Sedona Conference’s Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability, which works collaboratively with in-house counsel, regulatory leaders, and the judiciary to develop privacy and data security law through written work product. Sara is also a member of the North Texas InfraGard Members Alliance (a partnership between private business and the FBI) and the North Texas Crime Commission’s Cybercrime Committee.

Prior to joining the firm, Sara served as a law clerk for the Honorable Catharina Haynes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Honorable Robert L. Hinkle of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

Experience

Advised clients on compliance with federal and state data privacy laws, internal privacy policies, and legal risks associated with data transfers and acquisitions.

Negotiated and revised numerous vendor contracts relating to data privacy and security issues.

Litigated numerous cases involving the enforcement of post-employment restrictive covenants, including by obtaining emergency injunctive relief.

Advised clients regarding response to data breach incidents and development of incident response plans.

Drafted privacy policies and privacy statements for compliance with applicable laws.

Advised clients on response to business-email-compromise (BEC) scams.

Litigated numerous theft of trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty cases, including by obtaining or defending against the issuance of temporary injunctive relief.

Following oral argument, obtained favorable ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in federal civil rights dispute.

Drafted company’s employment agreements, including covenants not to compete for executives and employees.

Second-chaired a federal employment discrimination trial, including delivering the opening statement, cross-examining the plaintiffs’ proffered damages expert and the government’s investigator.

Second-chaired a Department of Labor administrative hearing, including handling pre-trial evidentiary issues and examining witnesses.

On appeal, successfully defended the grant of summary judgment in favor of an employer in an eight-plaintiff discrimination and retaliation case.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of employer in FMLA and ADA action brought by terminated employee.

Represented company in trademark infringement and breach of contract action brought against terminated contractor.

Represented employer in breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract action brought against former employee.

Defended former employee in action asserting breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, and breach of contract claims.

Honors and Distinctions

Member: Southern Methodist University, Cyber Security Advisory Board

Honored as a Rising Star in Business Litigation as published in Texas Monthly magazine from 2013-2017

Named to the Up-and Coming 100: 2017 Texas Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers

 Named to the Up-and Coming 50: 2017 Women Texas Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers

 Named by D Magazine as a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” for 2016 in Labor and Employment Law

Speeches/Publications

Speaker, Data Privacy in Civil Litigation, State Bar of Texas CLE on eDiscovery in Your Case (November 2016).

Speaker, Cybersecurity Training and Education, Tarleton State University Cybersecurity Summit (September 2016).

Professor, Legal Issues in eHealth Technologies, American University Washington College of Law Health Law & Policy Summer Institute (June 2016).

Speaker, Computer Forensics 101, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (February 2016).

Speaker, Everything You Don’t Know About E-Discovery (But Wish You Did), National Business Institute (December 2015).

Speaker, Everything You Need to Know About Cybersecurity Law in One Hour, North Dallas Bar Association (November 2015).

Author, Cybersecurity and Intellectual Property: How Protected Are You?, InsideCounsel (September 2015).

Do You Really Need A Non-Compete Agreement?, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter, 2015 Issue Two.

Speaker, What You Don’t Know About Cyber-Security and Data Privacy Can Hurt You, Dallas Bar Association (May 2015).

Author, It’s Just Lunch: Texas Supreme Court Clarifies What Constitutes a Reasonable Good-Faith Allegation of Sexual Harassment under the TCHRA, Sua Sponte (April 2015).

Speaker, My Other Hometown: Dallas vs. Harris County Courts, Houston Young Lawyers Association (April 2015).

Author, Seeking the Production of Electronic Storage Devices Under Rule 196.4? You’re Going to Need Evidence, Sua Sponte (February 2015).

Author, No Jurisdiction in Ohio; No Full Faith & Credit in Texas, Sua Sponte (January 2015).

Moderator, Legal Issues in Public Health Emergencies, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (January 2015).

Author, Superseding a Judgment Under T.R.A.P. 24: Lessons on Fraudulent Transfer and the Calculation of an Individual’s Net Worth, Sua Sponte (January 2015).

Moderator, Data Privacy and Security — What You Need to Know About the Risks, the Laws, and the Best Practices for You and Your Clients, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (September 2014).

Author, Texas Supreme Court Distinguishes Exxon’s Employee Incentive Compensation Agreement from Non-Compete Agreement and Enforces New York Choice of Law Provision, Sua Sponte (August 2014).

Moderator, Navigating the Bounds of Zealous Advocacy and Legal ProfessionalismDallas Association of Young Lawyers (July 2014).

Speaker, Untying the Employment Knot Created by the Supreme Court’s Decision in Windsor, Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (September 2013).

Co-Author, United States v. Windsor & The Defense of Marriage Act: What Does This Mean for Employers? Client Presentation & Paper (August 2013).

Co-Author, Cyber Issues in Employment Law, Dallas Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section (November 2010).

Co-Author, Recent Developments and Trends in Discovery, State Bar of Texas 35th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course 2012 (July, August, and October 2012).

In Too Deep:  Why the Federal Courts Should Not Recognize Deepening Insolvency as a Cause of Action, 24 Emory Bankr. Dev. J. 85, (2008).

Court Admissions

Texas

Illinois (Inactive)

U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Education

J.D., Emory University School of Law
Order of the Coif

B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Catharina Haynes, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Hon. Robert L. Hinkle, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of Florida

Associations/Affiliations

American Bar Association

Texas Bar Association

Illinois Bar Association Dallas Bar Association

Dallas Bar Association

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Dallas Urban Debate Alliance

Junior League of Dallas

Higginbotham Inn of Court, Barrister, 2016-present; Associate Member, 2011-12

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