Shalin “Shawn” Sood is an associate in the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. Shawn advises clients on a variety of issues, including cybersecurity best practices and risk assessments, incident response programs and cybersecurity compliance. He also assists clients on compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and establishing robust and thorough data privacy programs. He also has experience in representing international businesses in compliance and investigations from federal and state governments.

    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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    • 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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