Attorneys

Experience

Nicole Pope is an associate in the Savannah office who practices in the areas of information technology law and intellectual property law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Savannah Bar Association.

Her practice focuses on privacy and data security, as well as technology transactions such as outsourcing and software as a service licensing, with knowledge in the health care industry. She also advises clients on managing their intellectual property, including filing and pursuing trademarks and copyrights.

Nicole, originally from Columbus, Georgia, earned her B.A. in Political Science from Georgia Southern University in 2012 and her J.D. from the University of Georgia in 2015. During law school, she served as the executive editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and was active in the Student Bar Association, Women’s Law Student Association, and Phi Alpha Delta.

Nicole’s work experience prior to HunterMaclean includes an externship at the Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and mediating cases in the Athens/Clarke County Magistrate Court. She participated in HunterMaclean’s summer associate program in 2014.

Nicole’s involvement in the legal community includes serving as president of the Savannah Chapter of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL). Through leadership in GAWL, she has led the planning committees for several professional networking events, including “A Discussion with Justice Leah Ward Sears” in March 2018 and the “Women Who Lead Panel” in June 2019 featuring prominent women leaders in the Savannah business community.

Nicole is a board member of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Savannah Bar Association, a member of the Emerging Leaders Committee of the Savannah Community Foundation, and a member of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw). She has served on the board of Urban Hope, an organization committed to the education and advancement of underprivileged children in Savannah. Additionally, Nicole is an alumna of the State Bar of Georgia YLD Leadership Academy Class of 2019.

Representative Engagements

  • $120M outsourcing of the entire information technology department of a large academic medical center
  • $75M software licensing, implementation, and hosting agreement for electronic health record system of a multi-hospital health system
  • $50M licensing of ERP system for large academic medical center
  • Drafting cloud services agreements for IT vendors
  • Drafting and negotiating software development agreements
  • Negotiating managed services agreements
  • Negotiating agreements for provision of cloud-based electronic health record systems to various smaller health systems and hospitals
  • Drafting cybersecurity policies and sophisticated contract requirements for data protection requirements
  • Assisting clients in compliance with security breach notification laws of multiple states following a security breach
  • Drafting privacy and security policies for websites of numerous clients in various different industries, including policies for complex, e-commerce-enabled websites, and for intranets and extranets
  • Drafting standard form confidentiality, nondisclosure, and intellectual property rights assignment agreements for use by various clients in different industries with their employees, subcontractors, and service providers
  • Assisting various clients in ensuring that appropriate protections regarding privacy and data security (e.g. protections regarding compliance with state security breach notification and privacy laws, HIPAA, PCI standards, and CCPA) are included in their technology-related agreements
  • Assisting clients in the development of written information governance, privacy, security, and incident response plans, as well as evaluating and strengthening those plans. Examples include drafting Data Processing Agreements, Privacy and Security Policies, Business Associate Agreements, Website Terms and Conditions, Incident Response Plans, and Mobile Application End User License Agreements.
  • Performing knockout searches and providing analysis to clients regarding trademark applications
  • Drafting and negotiating intellectual property Coexistence Agreements

Recognition

Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL): President’s Award, 2019

Nicole L. Pope received the President’s Award from the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) in 2019. The President’s Award is given at the discretion of the president for the current year.

Savannah Magazine New Guard: 2018

Savannah Magazine recognized Nicole Pope as one of twenty-one honorees for its 2018 New Guard, “the next generation of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and innovators who dream and dare to make our city better, day by day.” A cocktail reception to celebrate the award recipients took place on November 28, 2018.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

14 Cybersecurity Clauses to Know for Healthcare Technology Contracts

While we are now seeing more security-related provisions in healthcare IT agreements than we once did, most vendor form agreements still lack necessary provisions that customers should require. Diana McKenzie and Nicole Pope discuss this problem further in their article for Law.com.

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GDPR: What U.S. Companies Need to Know

Think you don’t need to comply with the new European Union General Data Protection Regulations now in effect? Think again. Diana McKenzie and Nicole Pope explain how the new GDPR rules could seriously impact U.S. businesses in this article for Savannah Morning News.

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Cybersecurity Basics for Board of Directors

This article by Diana McKenzie and Nicole Pope discusses some of the practical steps a responsible board of any size company should take to reduce cybersecurity risks.

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Presentations

Cyber Liability and Business Risk

Nicole Pope participated in this panel discussion hosted by Infinity, Inc., on February 19, 2020, in Savannah, Georgia. Cyber risk is an ongoing issue for many businesses, and awareness is a key factor in preparation.

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News

Savannah CEO: Growth Year for HunterMaclean

HunterMaclean had an unusual number of awards, events, and attorney announcements in 2015, particularly as the year wrapped up. Savannah CEO interviewed the firm’s managing partner, Frank Macgill, to find out more.

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