Janet practices in the areas of intellectual property and data privacy and security. Janet provides worldwide brand protection, enforcement, licensing and transactional IP services, and she assists clients with preventive data security as well as compliance issues in the aftermath of a data breach.
Janet serves as the firm’s U.S. liaison on EU-U.S. cross-border data transfer matters. She counsels clients in the United States on GDPR compliance, auditing and evaluating clients’ data security policies, drafting website privacy notices and internal corporate privacy policies, and negotiating cloud computing and other data processing agreements from the vendor and customer perspective. She advises lawmakers and industry groups on privacy legislation at the state and federal level. As chair of McGuireWoods’ transactional intellectual property practice group, Janet also has significant experience with technology-related transactions, such as sophisticated IT procurement contracts, enterprise software licenses for corporate licensees and buyers, and transition services agreements in the contexts of stock or asset purchase agreements. She holds the CIPP/US certification as a Certified Information Privacy Professional from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Janet has substantial experience assisting clients with the strategic management of large U.S. and foreign trademark portfolios for retail, manufacturing and professional services companies, as well as institutions of higher education. In 2019, National Law Journal recognized her as a “Technology Trailblazer” — a go-to lawyer for corporate clients on all aspects of technology law and data privacy. She also is a past chair of the Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Section.