Gavin George


Gavin George’s practice covers privacy, data processing, technology transactions, and intellectual property in the information age. He counsels clients on international, federal, and state-level privacy compliance and transactional issues, including those related to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). He has launched and guided numerous companies’ privacy compliance programs, including: drafting privacy policies, creating data processing agreements, implementing personal information processing consents, handling data subject access requests, and consulting on data breach preparedness and response. Gavin earned the designation of Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) in 2014.

Gavin also facilitates business transactions involving the licensing, development, and transfer of software, data, technology, and creative works. He handles commercial software licenses, technology development agreements, information technology services contracts, software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreements, distribution agreements, cloud computing arrangements, and other outsourcing deals. He has significant experience related to open source software, cloud platforms, sensitive and personal data, social media accounts, as well as the development of new software, mobile apps, video games, and websites. Gavin also regularly advises on the intellectual property, privacy, data transfer, and technology transfer issues that arise in corporate mergers, acquisitions, capital investments, spin-offs, and bankruptcies.

He is knowledgeable about cross-border data transactions and international data transfer issues, including the EU model clauses and EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. Gavin has assisted companies with data breach notices, the deployment of health and mobile tracking technology, HIPAA data privacy and security rules, and the Children's Online Privacy Protections Act (COPPA). Relatedly, Gavin advises on the compliance of customer communications with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the CAN-SPAM Act. Gavin has advised a number of large U.S. and international companies across a variety of industries, including the health care, airline, hotel, pharmaceutical, railway, energy, and entertainment industries.

In addition to his law degree, Gavin holds a B.S. in chemical engineering.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as a Stand-out Lawyer, Acritas Stars, Acritas, 2020
  • Selected as an “On the Rise” attorney by Texas Lawyer as part of their Professional Excellence Awards, 2019
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2019
  • Recognized by D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas," D Magazine Partners, 2018, 2020


Haynes and Boone Represents Corporación POK in Cross-Border Sale

A multi-office team of lawyers led by Haynes and Boone Partner George Y. Gonzalez represented equity owners of Corporación POK, S.A. de C.V. in the sale of stock to Nucor Corporation.


Gavin George

2019 Texas Lawyer On the Rise

Haynes and Boone, LLP Partners Gavin George and Michelle Jacobs are among a select group of lawyers to receive Texas Lawyer’s 2019 Professional Excellence Awards.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Data Privacy and Data Security Issues Post-GDPR," speaker, 16th Annual Advanced Business Law Course - TexasBar CLE, Dallas, November 8-9, 2018.
  • “Technology Issues in M&A Transactions”, speaker, CLE presentation, December 14, 2017.
  • "The Nexus Between Data Privacy and Trademarks," speaker, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), October 17, 2016.
  • "Technology, Telemedicine and Trends," speaker, Dallas Provider Conference: Latest Trends and Developments in the Healthcare Sector, October 20, 2016.
  • "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. 

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Selected Client Representations

  • Drafts and negotiates information technology and data processing agreements on behalf of a major airline.
  • Spent several months as acting general counsel for a fast-growing population health management company.
  • Drafts and negotiates technology and services agreements on behalf of a global medical company.
  • Represented Texas-based animal health product company in negotiation of an $50 million exclusive patent license to global animal healthcare company.
  • Represented Altec Lansing, LLC and its Australian affiliate in the purchase of the assets of Avega Systems, Inc. and its Australian affiliate.

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