Professional Bio

shawn-tuma-full-sizeSummary

  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Partner, Scheef & Stone, L.L.P.
  • Board of Directors & General Counsel, Cyber Future Foundation
  • Board of Advisors, University of North Texas Cyber Forensics Lab
  • Board of Advisors Office of CISO, Optiv Security
  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Law Trailblazers, National Law Journal (2016)
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas, SuperLawyers (2016)
  • SuperLawyers 2015-16 (IP Litigation)
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas 2014-16, D Magazine (Digital Information Law)
  • Council, Computer & Technology Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Privacy and Data Security Committee of the State Bar of Texas
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Board, Collin County Bench Bar Conference
  • Immediate Past Chair, Civil Litigation & Appellate Section, Collin County Bar Association
  • Information Security Committee of the Section on Science & Technology Committee of the American Bar Association
  • North Texas Crime Commission, Cybercrime Committee
  • Infragard (FBI)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

My Practice

The hallmark of my practice is to be a trusted adviser to my clients by giving them unbiased advice and guiding them so that they can make the best decisions possible, for themselves and their businesses, even if it means less work for me in the short term. My Christian faith and my own sense of personal integrity demand nothing less.

I am an innovative experienced attorney with a career-long dual track practice in cyber law and complex litigation. I have been practicing in cyber law since prior to Y2K and over the years my practice has evolved to focus more and more cybersecurity, data breach and breach response, and computer hacking cases.

My practice has grown from the Dallas, Texas area to an international level by helping businesses and individuals assess, avoid, and resolve problems with emerging legal issues such as cybersecurity, computer fraud, data breach, data privacy, and social media as well as more traditional issues with intellectual property disputes such as trade secrets and unfair competition all the way to complex commercial litigation.

I am fortunate to have the judgment, intensity, and creativity needed to best serve my clients by helping them achieve their strategic business objectives that are defined by the unique needs of each client and matter. My clients’ interests are my paramount concern and achieving their objectives in the most efficient and expeditious way possible is always a top priority. Integrity, excellence, creativity, and intensity best describe me. Because of my respect for this sacred trust, I am honored to also serve as outside general counsel to several small to midsize companies who need an adviser they can trust and depend on.

I have extensive experience advising and guiding clients through state and federal court matters involving highly complex cyber, technology, commercial, and intellectual property legal issues such as computer fraud, hacking, data security and data breach, privacy, social media law and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as traditional fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, business disparagement, tortious interference, breach of contract, intellectual property issues, unfair competition, non-competition, misappropriation and theft of trade secrets, and professional liability claims.

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (pro hac vice)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (pro hac vice)

Education (formal)

I earned my Juris Doctrate degree from the best law school anyone could ever imagine, Regent University School of Law, a Christian university where we learned the law through it’s true origins. I graduated Summa Cum Laude and had the privilege of serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Regent University Law Review. My greatest honor, however, was being selected by the Administration and Faculty as the Outstanding Graduate in the School of Law.

After a few years of learning “life lessons” in college, I earned my undergraduate degree in 1993 from Northwestern State University, with honors, which would come a quite a surprise to anyone who witnessed my, shall we say, slow start!

Education (informal)

The University of Hard Knocks — the best education a person can ever get!

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