Gavin George



Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2007, Articles Editor; Michigan Telecomm. and Technology Law Review

B.S., Chemical Engineer, Brigham Young University, 2003, with honors

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2007

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office




Gavin George's practice covers technology transactions, intellectual property, and data privacy in the information age. He regularly counsels clients on technology agreement drafting and negotiation, patent, copyright and trademark protection, and privacy and data security issues.

Gavin facilitates business transactions involving the licensing, development, and transfer of software, data, and other technology. He assists large and small companies with commercial software licenses, technology development agreements, information technology services agreements, software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreements, subscription agreements, and outsourcing deals. He has significant experience related to the transfer and license of intellectual property, open source software, cloud computing, handling of protected data, social media, and development of new software, mobile apps, video games, and websites.

Gavin counsels clients on a wide range of compliance and transactional issues related to privacy and data security. His areas of expertise include privacy policy drafting, compliance with federal and state privacy and data protection law, FTC enforcement actions, EU Safe Harbor, the Children's Online Privacy Protections Act (COPPA), HIPAA, data breach notice obligations, and mobile tracking technology.

Gavin has advised a number of large U.S. and international companies across a variety of industries, including the health care, airline, railway, energy and entertainment industries. He also regularly advises clients on the intellectual property, privacy, and technology issues that arise in corporate mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, and bankruptcies.

In addition to his law degree, Gavin holds a B.S. in chemical engineering. Gavin earned the designation of Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) in 2014.

Rising Stars

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Acknowledged in Texas Rising Stars 2015

Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers maintain a strong presence in the latest Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars directory with a substantial group of 31 firm lawyers chosen for inclusion in the 2015 edition.

Published by Thomson Reuters in March 2015

Featured Webinar

Privacy Data

International Data Protection

As part of a joint program on international data protection, Haynes and Boone, LLP and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP compare key areas of United States and European privacy and data protection law and explore recent developments in privacy laws and regulatory enforcement in this complimentary webinar.

Law 360

Gavin George and Marc Legrand in Law360: Franchisors Must Find the Right Data Security Balance

In recent years, a number of franchisors have fallen victim to data breaches, including Jimmy John’s, Dairy Queen, The UPS Store, Wyndham and SuperValu. Between lost goodwill, the cost of investigating and responding to the breach, private lawsuits, and government enforcement actions, it’s no surprise that such data breaches are expensive. In 2014, the Ponemon Institute estimated that U.S. organizations paid an average of $5.9 million dollars per data breach...

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association - IP Licensing Committee
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Selected Client Representations

  • Assists global medical company with technology agreement drafting and negotiation.
  • Represented Altec Lansing, LLC and its Australian affiliate in the purchase of the assets of Avega Systems, Inc. and its Australian affiliate.
  • Represented Ruby Tuesday, Inc. in its $24 million acquisition of assets of Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Inc. and its affiliates. The asset purchase includes the brand's intellectual property rights and the assets of seven company owned restaurants, as well as royalties from five franchised restaurants.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Human resources

Haynes and Boone Advises Longtime Client HRsmart In Its Sale to Deltek

A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers recently advised HRsmart – a leading provider of global unified talent management solutions – in its sale to Deltek, Inc.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • "Taming the Wild West of Big Data: The Social Norms and Laws of Social Data," co-author, Dallas Business Journal Confidential, July 26, 2013. 
  • "Protecting User Data in Light of the FTC’s Recent Privacy Enforcement Actions," co-Author, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Business Law Section and Corporate Counsel Section, June 21, 2013. 
  • "European Data Protection Directive and Safe Harbor," presentation, North Texas Information Systems Audit and Control Association, April 11, 2013. 
  • "Lessons in Privacy Policy Drafting from LinkedIn Data Breach," Social Media Law Brief, September 6, 2012. 
  • "Cloud Computing Service Agreements," Lexology, April 19, 2012. 
  • "Employee/Consultant IP Assignment: Abbott v. Epocal," presentation, February 14, 2012. 
  • "Domain Name Collateral and Trademark Tangles," Law360, January 19, 2012. 
  • "IP License Transfer in Mergers and Acquisitions," presentation, November 11, 2011. 
  • "Business Trends and Case Law Updates in Software Licenses," Dallas Bar Computer Law Section, January 2011. 

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