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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 advises clients on diverse privacy, data security, and cyber liability issues. These include risk management plans, regulatory compliance, cloud computing implications, and breach obligations. He has helped clients of all sizes deal with a range of issues including:

  • Data breach investigation and notification
  • The Privacy and Security Rules
  • Privacy Shield
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
  • The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • The California Consumer Privacy Act (CPPA)
  • 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 assessments, security strategies, and Privacy Impact Assessments

Saad writes and speaks regularly on privacy, data security, and cyber liability 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 the Cyber Security Task Force of the US Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Along with his privacy practice, Saad also represents clients in complex commercial litigation, regulatory disputes, and antitrust matters. 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
  • Representing principals in closely held business 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 scopr of the Capper-Volstead Act
  • Representing creditors in some of the nation’s highest profile bankruptcies, including American Airlines
  • Mounting economic liberty challenges to protectionist statutes before North Carolina and federal courts
  • Challenging the constitutionality of state legislation before North Carolina courts
  • Defending high ranking public officials in Bivens actions

For timely updates on topics related to privacy and appellate litigation, you can follow Saad on twitter @NC_Cyberlaw or subscribe to his blog.

Areas of Focus

+Data Privacy & Information Security

+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

+Breach Response

+Appellate Practice



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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