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Morris Manning & Martin, LLP

Elizabeth  Hinson

Elizabeth K. Hinson

Phone: 404.504.7730
Fax: 404.365.9532
[email protected]

Elizabeth K. “Bess” Hinson makes planning for privacy and cybersecurity risks her top priority. As Chair of the Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice, her primary areas of concentration include cyber and data risk management and governance, breach preparedness and response, crisis management, and global data privacy compliance.

Bess represents clients at all stages of incident response from investigation, notification, remediation, managing privacy class action risks, and defense of litigation and regulatory inquiry. She regularly counsels clients on cross-border data flows and navigating conflicts between foreign privacy laws and U.S. compliance obligations. She oversees and coordinates EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance assessment and implementation programs for clients. She has experience in privacy matters, including information governance and data management, online advertising, internal compliance policies, and consumer policies, including website and mobile application policies, vendor management, blockchain, and advising on privacy and security-related compliance strategies and programs. 

Prior to entering private practice, Bess served as a law clerk to the Hon. Eugene E. Siler, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 

Representative Experience

  • Advised multiple clients through all stages of data breach incidents resulting from W-2 phishing scams, including developing tailored guidance for affected employee populations
  • Counseled manufacturer regarding cross-border data transfers, social networking matters, and e-mail marketing campaigns
  • Defended large retailer in consumer data breach multidistrict litigation including claims under state data breach notification laws, the Stored Communications Act, and consumer protection statutes
  • Coached global SaaS web content management and optimization solution through Office 365 data breach forensic investigation and compliance with Canadian, European and U.S. reporting requirements
  • Counseled multiple clients on the development of global privacy policies and terms of service for e-commerce websites and mobile applications, including drafting the policies and related agreements
  • Counseled Internet-based delivery service regarding data monetization strategy
  • Represented lodging real estate investment trust in data breach liability assessment
  • Counseled restaurant franchise regarding response to breach of system, employee theft of confidential information and post-breach litigation
  • Represented an international auto manufacturer in the review and revision of vendor and certain data sharing agreements
  • Performed privacy and security due diligence for the acquisition of a technology company
  • Counseled national construction company through all stages of a data breach incident, including incident analysis and breach containment, notification in compliance with all regulatory requirements, loss mitigation, and remediation
  • Advised an international auto manufacturer regarding privacy and data security employee training, including drafting various training documents
  • Counseled international software company regarding cross-border data transfers


  • Founder, Atlanta Women in Cybersecurity Roundtable
  • On the Rise award recipient, Georgia Legal Awards, 2020
  • Georgia Trailblazers, Daily Report, 2019
  • 50 on Fire, Cybersecurity, Atlanta Inno, 2019
  • “The Nakanishi Prize,” Yale College, 2006


  • Board of Directors, TAG Corporate Development Society
  • Young Lawyer Editorial Board, The American Lawyer
  • Member, Young Women Leaders Forum of Atlanta
  • Member, Georgia Chamber Innovation and Technology Committee and Cyber Security Working Group
  • Member, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association


MMMPact in the Community

  • Secretary, Yale Club of Georgia
  • Yale Alumni Schools Committee

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