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Jacqueline Williams
Phone: 919.838.2050
Fax: 919.821.6800

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • All North Carolina State Courts


Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1999

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., English and Political Science

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Alicia A. Gilleskie

Adjunct Counsel
  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6741
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

Alicia Gilleskie is a member of the Firm’s Technology practice group and heads the Firm’s Data Use, Privacy and Security practice group.  

In her technology practice, Alicia represents technology vendors and users in a wide range of matters, emphasizing technology collaborations and commercial transactions that involve intellectual property, technology and data regulated by a patchwork of laws. Her transactional work includes contracts and transactions involving software-as-a-service (SaaS), cloud computing, software licensing, data licensing, technology outsourcing, e-commerce, data privacy and security and OEM and distribution models. In addition, Alicia advises on technology and data issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, and other critical corporate transactions.

In her data use, privacy and security practice, she represents companies across industries on matters in connection with our increasingly complex data regulatory landscape. Her data regulatory work includes developing and implementing strategic compliance initiatives, advising on business models involving data de-identification, analytics and commercialization, data breach response and mitigation, and regulatory enforcement actions following a breach.

Alicia combines her legal expertise with deep industry knowledge, bringing a holistic approach to the practice that clients appreciate. Before joining Smith Anderson in 2008, Alicia practiced with Womble Carlyle in the areas of technology law and information privacy and security. Previously, she served as Corporate Counsel and HIPAA Compliance Officer for Misys Healthcare Systems and Corporate Counsel with Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp).

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Carolina Privacy Officials' Network
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Member, Board of Advisors, North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Communities for Sustainable Abodes (CASA)

Honors & Awards

  • Listed, North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2013)


  • Representing a publicly-traded diagnostic services provider on cloud computing transactions and counseling matters, including an arrangement with a Fortune 100 technology company to license and implement technology infrastructure enabling cloud-based exchange of large volumes of sensitive information
  • Representing a leading provider of information management and data migration services in the negotiation and preparation of a collaboration and distribution agreement with a leading vendor of enterprise content management software, involving the combination of technologies to establish a best-of-breed offering that manages and migrates large volumes of data across an enterprise
  • Leading training sessions for the legal department of one of the world’s largest software and technology service providers, providing negotiation and risk allocation strategies for the company’s technology license and services arrangements, covering complex indemnity provisions, license provisions and related risk allocation issues
  • Preparing a negotiation “toolkit” establishing contracting parameters and fallback positions to allocate and address intellectual property and data-related risks in a global technology company’s software-as-a-service and data hosting arrangements
  • Outside general counsel to Hadoop-based technology platform vendor, developing out-licensing models and contracts, reseller and distribution agreements, and providing strategic intellectual property counseling related to proprietary and open source software platforms and related services for “big data” analytics
  • Lead counsel representing a global services organization in a multi-million dollar transaction for the exclusive license of de-identified data assets for use in a particular market, the development of technology assets, and the acquisition of a data analytics team; provided strategic business model analysis for the commercialization of data analytics products and services
  • Lead counsel representing an accountable care organization (ACO) to model and operationalize a health information exchange accessible by thousands of healthcare stakeholders, including health systems and laboratories
  • Lead counsel representing a publicly-traded health information technology company in several mission-critical outsourcing arrangements to enhance its technology infrastructure and market offerings
  • Lead counsel representing a leading provider of wireless transmission systems in its divestiture of an integrated communications network management software platform and related assets to a network management software company
  • Structuring online business models involving data collection and use, and development of online privacy statements and terms of use tailored to such models
  • Assisting organizations in the financial services, banking, retail, health care and information technology industries in data breach response related to the unauthorized disclosure of personal information, including compliance with federal and state laws, mitigation efforts and dealings with regulatory authorities
  • Providing compliance advice on privacy and data security matters involving HIPAA, the HITECH Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, COPPA, FCRA and FACTA, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), and Smart Grid technology
  • Preparing web site development, maintenance and hosting, technology and web services contracts and outsourcing, cloud computing and software-as-a-service contracts