Petrina McDaniel is a commercial litigator and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) whose practice uniquely blends complex litigation, regulatory compliance and privacy counseling. Clients refer to Petrina as an “extremely energetic and engaged advocate” who provides “legally comprehensive and business-oriented advice.”
As a member of the firm’s Litigation and Data Privacy & Cybersecurity practices, Petrina represents domestic and multinational companies across various industries, including telecommunications, aviation, insurance, retail, technology, healthcare and financial services, and has successfully litigated complex commercial cases in state and federal courts across the country, including appellate courts and administrative and arbitral forums.
She resolves wide-ranging disputes and high-stakes litigation in diverse matters, including class actions, contracts, business torts, trade secrets and consumer disputes, among others, with a particular emphasis on privacy and data security. In addition to commercial litigation, Petrina represents business interests in both negotiations and litigation with state and local governments on wide-ranging issues, including contract disputes and investigations. She has also practiced before the Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings.
Petrina has particular expertise in defense litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and regularly serves as lead counsel in individual and class action litigation across the country. Petrina’s TCPA practice spans over a decade and clients look to her for creative ways to ensure compliance for their marketing strategies under the statute. Petrina has also developed a niche for counseling clients on a myriad of consumer privacy statutes, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the CAN-SPAM Act and a patchwork of other federal privacy statutes and their state analogs. She frequently writes and speaks on the TCPA and consumer privacy trends, and is often quoted on these topics.
In addition to working within litigation, Petrina works with clients to protect the privacy and security of consumer information through the development and implementation of privacy compliance policies, information security programs and data breach response protocols. She assists clients in protecting consumer information through risk management programs and by strengthening privacy and data security provisions in commercial agreements. In addition, Petrina counsels clients on data breach and incident response, including executing incident response plans, commencing remediation, and coordinating reporting obligations and regulatory responses. Petrina also creates consumer-facing marketing strategies to comply with federal regulations promulgated by the FCC and the FTC, and provides strategic compliance related to state and federal privacy statutes.
Petrina has received numerous honors, including recognition as Georgia State University’s 2018 “40 Under 40” and one of 30 top Georgia lawyers “On the Rise” by the Daily Report in 2017. She has also been named as a “Rising Star” six times in Business Litigation, most recently in 2018, and “Superwoman” by The Atlanta Tribune in March 2017.
Petrina has received widespread recognition for her professional and charitable leadership. She has participated in numerous leadership programs, including LEAD Atlanta, the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers Leadership Academy and the Emerging Leaders Retreat sponsored by the Atlanta-Black Jewish Coalition.
Petrina currently serves on the board of visitors of the Georgia State University Honors College, the advisory board of the Georgia Diversity Council and the board of directors of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Project. She regularly volunteers with the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Atlanta Legal Aid and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. She was also a founding trustee of the Young Leaders Collegiate Academy, a proposed charter middle school for South Fulton County, Georgia.
A supporter and advocate of education, Petrina co-founded the R.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Award, a scholarship service she created for the benefit of high school students graduating from her alma mater, which she operated for more than 18 years. Petrina also endows the “Empowering Excellence Scholarship Award” on behalf of the Georgia State University Honors College, which recognizes top-performing, diverse first-generational college students who are economically disadvantaged.