Shalin “Shawn” Sood is an associate in the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity and Government Investigations & White Collar Practices. As a member of our Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, Shawn represents clients in the healthcare, technology, media and entertainment, political, retail, and nonprofit sectors and advises them on cybersecurity and data privacy best practices. Shawn’s experience in our Government Investigations & White Collar Practice grants him a unique perspective from which to provide clients with strategic guidance related to compliance programs and governance issues. Finally, as an experienced litigator, Shawn understands and has practiced before both state and federal courts on a variety of matters.

    Shawn has the experience, both as an advisor and a litigator, to provide clients with holistic advice as they pursue their strategic business objectives. He represents and advises clients on compliance with data privacy and cybersecurity regulations, ensuring that clients are complying with industry best practices. His experience as a litigator grants him additional perspective in understanding how rules and regulations are enforced and helping clients achieve their best outcomes.

    Prior to joining the firm, Shawn spent six years on active duty as a Judge Advocate in the US Marine Corps, where he advised senior Marine Corps leadership on legal matters. He also served as a defense attorney and represented hundreds of marines and sailors accused of violations under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He represented clients all over the world, including those accused of crimes in North America, Japan, Jordan, France and Germany.

    He was also selected as one of the inaugural members of the congressionally mandated Victims’ Legal Organization, wherein he represented victims of crime in courts-martial. In that role, he helped develop and implement policies that would be used military-wide in upholding the rights of service member victims at trial.

    During his time on active duty, Shawn was selected to the prestigious role of Aide de Camp to the Commanding General/President of Education Command/Marine Corps University. As Aide to the Commanding General, Shawn provided advice and assistance to the General as she commanded all the assets in the Marine Corps’ Educational System. He also served as general counsel to the commanding officer of Marine Corps Base Quantico. In this role, he interpreted agreements between the base and surrounding jurisdictions, provided legal guidance on memorandums of understanding and agreements to the Base Commander, and advised the Base Commander on ethics issues related to gifts, government resources and fundraising.

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    • Represented and advised sovereign nations in matters pertaining to compliance with US cybersecurity laws.
    • Assisted a national agricultural industry leader in developing a comprehensive and robust incident response plan and cybersecurity framework to ensure compliance with applicable federal guidelines and standards.
    • Advised multiple multimillion-dollar international nonprofit organizations in creating and implementing strategic plans to ensure their cybersecurity frameworks were in-line with their cybersecurity liability risk assessments and incident response protocols.
    • Served as counsel for clients responding to multiple significant data breaches across a variety of sectors (e.g., political, nonprofit, private).
    • Defended clients against actions brought forth by state and federal regulatory agencies.
    • Assisted a construction engineering firm facing an investigation from the US Department of Justice, related to potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. Additionally, drafted a comprehensive compliance program. Also responded to a multibillion-dollar lawsuit alleged/brought forth by a plaintiff.


    • University of Richmond, J.D., 2009
    • University of Virginia, B.A., 2006


    • District of Columbia, 2017
    • Virginia, 2009


    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of Virginia
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. of Virginia
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Armed Forces
    • Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals

    Clerk Experience

    • Chesterfield Circuit Court
      Hon. Herbert C. Gill
      August 2009 - August 2010


    • English
    • Hindi
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