Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Law Society of England and Wales, Solicitor


  • Masters, Commercial Intellectual Property, with distinction, Nottingham Law School
  • Postgraduate Diploma, Commercial Intellectual Property, with distinction, Nottingham Law School
  • Legal Practice Course and GDL, BPP Law School
  • M.Phil., with honors, Trinity College
  • B.A., The American University of Paris


  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

    Women In-House Support Equality


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Shannon K. Yavorsky


Shannon Yavorsky is a U.S. and English law qualified partner in Venable's eCommerce, Privacy, and Cybersecurity Group. She counsels clients on a broad range of U.S. and European data privacy and security issues, including the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), cross-border data transfer, data breaches, and global privacy compliance. She has significant experience with the GDPR, model contract clauses, data privacy policies, website terms and conditions, data processing agreements, and advising clients on self-certifying to the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks. She regularly speaks and writes about emerging European and U.S. data privacy and security issues. Shannon also regularly advises on an array of privacy and security laws and regulations including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and California's Financial Information Privacy Act, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act and state data breach notification obligations. Shannon's work includes:

  • Preparing privacy policies and advising on contract provisions related to privacy and data security;
  • Guiding clients through GDPR compliance, including identifying gaps between an organization's current compliance and what needs to change to ensure GDPR compliance and carrying out related implementation work;
  • Performing assessments of privacy and security practices, including for companies responding to or carrying out due diligence in the context of corporate transactions;
  • Guiding clients through all phases of responding to a data security incident, from the initial forensic investigation through issuing any required notifications and handling inquiries from regulators, customers, and the media; and
  • Advising clients on global privacy and data security compliance strategies.

Shannon's practice also focuses on intellectual property and information technology. She advises private equity firms, investment banks, and Fortune 500 companies on the IP, IT and privacy and security aspects of mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, corporate reorganizations, and securitizations, in a broad range of industry sectors, including software and hardware, fashion, retail, consumer goods, travel services, hospitality, manufacturing, and telecommunications.