Sarah Hutchins

Sarah Hutchins

Sarah Hutchins practices in the area of commercial litigation, with a particular focus on competition law, and in the area of white collar crime investigation and defense. She works with clients in disputes involving business torts and antitrust claims, as well as other general commercial disputes. Ms. Hutchins has significant experience advising clients in large-scale government investigations and further advises clients on compliance with federal and state consumer privacy and protection laws. Ms. Hutchins’ practice includes management of large-scale electronic discovery matters and resolution of eDiscovery issues.

She is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court of the District of Columbia, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Ms. Hutchins serves as a member of Parker Poe’s Recruiting Committee and Community Service Committee. While at the William & Mary School of Law, Ms. Hutchins was a member of the Journal of Women and the Law and the William & Mary Moot Court Team.

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New California Privacy Law Has Implications Beyond That State’s Borders

California is implementing a law that has major implications for companies that deal in personal data as well as large to medium sized companies that have an internet presence in California. The California Consumer Privacy Act passed this summer and will take effect on January 1, 2020. Its strict compliance requirements will impact many companies … Continue Reading

U.S. Government Continues Raising the Cost of Noncompliance

The U.S. Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission, and other federal agencies recently announced their 2018 increases for civil penalties. As the costs of violations continue rising, it is imperative that companies develop a strong compliance framework to prevent compliance failures. The increases are a required part of the redundantly titled “Federal Civil Penalties Inflation … Continue Reading

Countdown to GDPR Deadline: What Your Organization Should Be Doing to Prepare

In late May, the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect, changing the manner in which companies all over the world – not just those in the EU – store and use Europeans’ personal data. GDPR requires any company that collects personal information of European citizens to comply with its data privacy … Continue Reading

Regulatory Considerations as Cryptocurrencies Enter the Mainstream

A faceless currency involved in dealing illegal drugs, selling stolen identity data, offshore gambling, human trafficking, material support to terrorist activity – even before Ross Ulbricht’s 2015 conviction for brokering more than $1 billion in illegal transactions through an online darknet market called Silk Road, the anonymity of using cryptocurrencies has long been the alleged … Continue Reading

SEC Emphasizes Need for Cyber Protections

The Securities and Exchange Commission continues to encourage entities within its purview to institute cyber protections, especially in the wake of the rash of recent ransomware attacks. Numerous companies, including broker-dealers and investment management firms, have fallen victim to ransomware, which infiltrates the victim’s computer systems and blocks access to files with the threat of … Continue Reading

Updated U.S. Civil Penalties Raise the Cost of Noncompliance

In 2016, we let you know about the redundantly titled “Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015,” which required that heads of government agencies adjust civil penalties yearly to account for inflation. Announcements must take place by July 1 of each year. As a result, most federal agencies have announced their 2017 … Continue Reading

What Can We Tell About the Trump Administration’s Focus on Compliance?

There are a few early signs that the Trump administration will continue to hold companies to the “way of compliance,” as our colleague Jane Lewis-Raymond put it recently on this blog. But after the first four months of his presidency, there are still questions about where enforcement is heading in specific compliance areas. After all, … Continue Reading

Ransomware Attacks: Why They’re Growing, Who They Target and What You Can Do

Ransomware attacks have been surging the past few years and reached a headline-grabbing peak with the recent hijacking of computers in English hospitals, Chinese universities and countless businesses worldwide. This should be the last wakeup call for companies, nonprofits and government agencies possessing sensitive, potentially valuable data. In the world of cyber-espionage, ransomware is playing … Continue Reading

NLRB Again Calls Into Question Prohibitions Against Recorded Workplace Conversations

Many companies traditionally prohibited employees from recording their conversations in the workplace – whether the person being recorded knew that a record was being made or not. Over the past few years, broad versions of these policies have come under National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) scrutiny, especially when violation of the policy forms the basis … Continue Reading