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Saad Gul

t: 919.783.1170

Saad Gul's practice includes appellate and administrative litigation as well as data privacy and information security.

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Saad co-chairs the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity team. He also maintains an active appellate and regulatory litigation practice. After law school, Saad clerked for Chief Judge John C. Martin of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson of the North Carolina Supreme Court. He came to Poyner Spruill after working for 2 major Washington, D.C. law firms. Prior to law school, Saad was a consultant with Cambridge Technology Partners out of Cambridge, MA.

In his privacy and cybersecurity practice, Saad advises clients on diverse privacy and cyber liability issues. These include regulatory compliance, risk management, cloud computing implications, and breach obligations. He has helped clients of all sizes deal with varied matters including:

  • Data breach investigation and notification
  • The Privacy and Security Rules
  • Privacy Shield and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
  • The California Consumer Privacy Act (CPPA), and its counterparts
  • The Children’s Online Protection Act (COPA)
  • Cyber-insurance
  • Employer issues, including social media and trade secrets
  • Employee issues, including phishing detection and security best practices
  • Documentation requirements, including Privacy Policies, Terms of Use, licensing, security strategies, and Privacy Impact Assessments

Saad writes and speaks regularly on privacy and cybersecurity issues. He is the author of over a dozen published law review articles, as well as several articles in trade journals. He has also served on several professional committees, including the Cyber Security Task Force of the US Chamber of Commerce, the North Carolina Bar Association’s Future of Law Committee, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, the Board of the North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society, and Chair of the NCBA Fintech Task Force.

In 2019, Saad’s peers honored him as one of that year’s North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law.

Saad also helps clients deal with regulators ranging from the United States Federal Trade Commission and Office of Civil Rights of the United States Department of Health and Human Services to the North Carolina Office of the Attorney General and the New York Department of Financial Services.

Besides his privacy practice, Saad also represents clients in appellate, regulatory, and complex commercial litigation. He has handled high-profile litigation in state and federal appellate courts across the country, including in the United States Supreme Court. Representative engagements have included:

  • Leading the team that filed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court of the United States in United States v. Microsoft on behalf of the German, Polish, French, and Irish Chambers of Commerce
  • Participating in the team that obtained certiorari in and briefed Department of Revenue v. Kaestner before the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Drafting multiple amicus briefs for the Supreme Court of the United States and other tribunals
  • Mounting economic liberty challenges to protectionist statutes before North Carolina and federal courts
  • Defending high ranking public officials in Bivens and Section 1983 actions
  • Challenging the constitutionality of state legislation before North Carolina courts
  • Representing parties in contract disputes
  • Defending manufacturers in product defect claims
  • Counseling and representing clients in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and False Claim Act cases
  • Advising clients on rulemaking and adjudication under the federal and state Administrative Procedure Acts
  • Representing and counseling insurers and insured in coverage litigation
  • Representing defendants in anti-trust class actions, including precedent setting decisions defining the scope of the Capper-Volstead Act
  • Representing creditors in some of the nation’s highest profile bankruptcies, including American Airlines

Saad is a proud alum of Davidson College. Saad attended Davidson on scholarship. While there, Saad served as Junior and Senior Class President. He subsequently graduated cum laude from the Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. For timely updates on topics related to privacy and appellate litigation, you can follow Saad on twitter @NC_Cyberlaw.

Areas of Focus

+Data Privacy & Information Security

  • Has advised corporate clients on privacy issues in the administrative law process, from initial assessment to Notice and Comment, to compliance
  • Regularly assists institutional clients with regulatory mandates, including HIPAA (health) and GLBA (financial services)
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+International Privacy Laws

  • Leading the team that filed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court of the United States in United States v. Microsoft on behalf of the German, Polish, French, and Irish Chambers of Commerce
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+Breach Response

  • Has assisted multiple clients in dealing with the aftermath of data breaches
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+Appellate Practice

  • Represented the North Carolina Department of Revenue in certiorari and merits proceedings before the Supreme Court of the United States in North Carolina Dep’t of Revenue v. Kaestner, a case determining whether the Due Process Clause permits a state to tax a trust based on the residency of the beneficiaries
  • Represented one of the largest creditors, the Allied Pilots Association, in the American Airlines bankruptcy
  • Successfully defended the City of Durham and several of its officials in a 1983 action brought by several individuals who were indicted in a high profile criminal case, but ultimately declared innocent
  • Defended a federal official in an intensively litigated Bivens action, prevailing at the Motion to Dismiss stage
  • Helped obtain a global restraining order in Delaware Chancery Court against a large hedge fund to prevent the fund from transferring assets out of the country to avoid satisfying a judgment
  • Representing a lender, Saad persuaded a federal court to dismiss a class-action lawsuit alleging thousands of violations of the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and mandate arbitration
  • Represented the managing partner of a Limited Liability Partners against a challenge by dissident partners
  • Has filed a number of amicus briefs before the Supreme Court of the United States, including a high profile representation of 5 European Chambers of Commerce in United States v. Microsoft
  • Conducted over 50 domestic restraining order hearings before the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, prevailing in each one
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Wake Forest University School of Law, JD, 2006, cum laude

Davidson College, BA, 1997


+Notable Accomplishments

Order of the Coif

I.P Law Journal, Trial Bar, Student Bar Association, Honor Council

Jr. and Sr. Class President, Davidson College

+Professional & Community Activities

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program, 2017

North Carolina Bar Association Privacy & Data Security Committee

+Speaking & Writing

  • Maryland Personal Jurisdiction Law in the Cyberspace Context, 45 U. BALT. L.F. 1 (2014)
  • Reflections from a Loaned Associate
  • Ten Suggestions for Obtaining Certiorari from the North Carolina Supreme Court, September 8, 2008, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
  • Observations from a non-Judge, Summer 2008, Judge’s Journal
  • Commentary: Scalia, writing expert team up to offer practice pointers, stress self-preparation, June 9, 2008, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
  • From the Law Clerk’s Perch: Some Thoughts on Litigating Before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, July 30, 2007, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
  • Assessing the Renunciation Clause in Hamdi’s Settlement Agreement, 27 N. Ill. L. Rev. 131 (2007)
  • The Supreme Court Giveth and the Supreme Court Taketh Away: An Assessment of Corporate Liability Under Sec. 1350, 109 W. Va. L. Rev. 379 (2007)
  • Proportionality in the War on Terror and the Damadola Strike, 14 Williamette J. Int’l L. 49 (2006)
  • The Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in the United States, 5 App. L. J. 67 (2006)
  • DNA Exonerations as an Audit of the Justice System, 42 No. 6 Crim. Law Bulletin 2 (2006)
  • The Secretary Will Deny All Knowledge of Your Actions: The Use of Private Military Contractors and the Implications for State and Political Accountability, 10 LEWIS & CLARK L. REV. 287 (2006)
  • An Assessment of the Sinking of ANR General Belgrano, 18 N.Y. Int’l L. Rev. 81 (2005)
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