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Alicia A. Gilleskie

Contract Attorney
AA Contact Info

Jacqueline Williams
Phone: 919.838.2050


Alicia Gilleskie is now an employee of, and a full-time lawyer with, the Office of Counsel at Duke University. At Duke, Alicia is principally involved in information technology transactions and related regulatory matters, with an emphasis on health information technology in clinical and research environments.

Prior to joining the Office of Counsel, Alicia was a Partner at Smith Anderson. She joined the firm in 2008, and during her time here, formed and led Smith Anderson’s Data Use, Privacy and Security practice group, and belonged to Smith Anderson’s Technology practice group. A large portion of her practice has been dedicated to working with technology companies and users in regulated health care and life sciences environments.

Alicia will serve Smith Anderson as a contract lawyer, assisting the firm, at its request, on specified matters in her areas of expertise, including client transition and consulting with firm lawyers generally on strategy, issues, risks and transaction structures attendant to technology collaborations and commercial transactions. Her primary interfaces at the firm are Dave Clement (; 919-821-6754) and Managing Partner, Gerald Roach (; 919-821-6668).

  • 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)
  • 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

News & Publications


Events & Webinars


  • Speaker, "Regulatory Data Privacy and Data Governance," Carolinas IT Cybersecurity Seminar, Research Triangle Park, N.C. June 2016
  • Speaker, FBI Cybersecurity Panel Discussion, Eastern Carolina InfraGard Chapter meeting, CISCO, RTP, N.C. April 2016
  • Moderator, "Forging a Path: Becoming a General Counsel," NCBA Corporate Counsel Section program, Cary, N.C. April 2016
  • Speaker, FBI Cyber Security Symposium Panel Discussion, ABB Group, Cary, N.C. January 2016
  • Moderator, "Risks, Costs, Disputes and Litigation," North Carolina Chamber and U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 2015 Cybersecurity Conference, Durham, N.C. December 2015
  • Panelist, "Securing North Carolina's Digital Future," North Carolina Chamber's 73rd Annual Meeting, Cary, N.C. March 2015
  • Presenter, "You will be Hacked (If you Haven't Already)...", Joint event presented by Smith Anderson, Durham Chamber of Commerce and The Research Triangle Park, RTP, N.C. January 2015
  • Presenter, "Ten Common Myths of Data Breach Mitigation and Response, Dynamic Quest & Dell Data Breach Lunch-n-Learn," Morrisville, N.C. December 2014
  • Panelist, "Data Breach Risk: Preventing and Mitigating Risk," Senn Dunn Insurance, Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C. October 2014
  • Presenter, "It’s 2014: You Will Be Hacked," Vaco CPE Seminar, Paragon Commercial Bank, Raleigh, N.C. September 2014
  • Speaker, "Primer on Privacy and Confidentiality," CAPLAW's 2014 National Training Conference, New Orleans, L.A. June 2014
  • Speaker, "The High Cost of Cyber Crime - Protecting Yourself, Your Business and Your Clients," ACG Breakfast Meeting, RTP, N.C. June 2014
  • Panelist, "Data Breach Prevention, Preparation and Response," Carolinas IT, Smith Anderson and IAS Associates Joint Program, Cary, N.C. May 2014
  • Panelist, "It's 2014 - You Will Be Hacked!," Joint Presentation by The Research Triangle Park, Durham Chamber of Commerce and Smith Anderson, RTP, N.C. March 2014
  • Speaker, "Tips and Trends for Responding to Data Breaches," Cherry Bekaert Annual Not-for-Profit Program, Raleigh, N.C. December 2013
  • Panel Moderator, "Threats to Confidential Data on Mobile Devices," the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, 2013 Fall Seminar, Greensboro, N.C. October 2013
  • Speaker, "Protecting Social Media Accounts & Contacts, Protecting Proprietary Business Assets: Strategies to Safeguard your Company," Smith Anderson CLE Seminar, Cary, N.C. June 2013
  • Co-Presenter, "Anatomy of a Breach: A Case Study in Data Breach Prevention, Mitigation and Response to HR Professionals," Smith Anderson’s 19th Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C. November 2011

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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