Tara Aaron-Stelluto

Partner

Tara.Stelluto@lewisbrisbois.com

Tara Aaron-Stelluto is a partner in the Nashville office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. She helps clients by overseeing the process of responding to data security events, including counseling clients on what to expect when a security incident occurs, overseeing any forensics investigation, leading the notification determination and output process, and responding to any investigations from government authorities. Tara will also assess the event with the client when it is over to help determine what procedures and policies can be implemented to lessen the likelihood of another event. Tara is a Certified Information and Privacy Professional in US and EU law and has deep experience counseling clients on the ever-changing landscape of privacy regulations and practices around the globe.

Tara also regularly oversees the drafting of data security programs, including information security policies, incident response plans, and privacy notices. Tara is a highly experienced transactional negotiator, and uses those skills to ensure that her clients’ vendors are clear on their obligations to protect information and diligent in their security practices. She also regularly helps technology service provider clients respond to information security questionnaires from larger customers in a way that is accurate and transparent but does not impose unnecessary cost and obligations on the provider. Past clients include e-commerce merchants, health care support institutions, market researchers, internet advertisers, and academic institutions.

Tara’s transactional experience includes intellectual property licensing from mechanical patents to music publishing catalogs. Tara spent a number of years in the music industry in Nashville, helping to license “evergreen” catalogs and determine the value of a catalog for purchase of the rights. Her deep understanding of the importance of identifying and protecting intellectual property assets grew out of this unique experience. It also led to a great deal of work drafting and negotiating contracts in many other industries, from a publicity release for a fashion model to a 200-page multi-year escalating services and marketing agreement for one of the largest tire manufacturers in the world. She understands every aspect of contract law and negotiation, can clearly identify and explain to clients the risks arising out of any particular term in an agreement, and can deliver that explanation persuasively to opposing counsel to quickly and efficiently close a deal for a client.

Tara’s background in intellectual property also includes trademark prosecution, licensing, and enforcement. She regularly interacts with the US Patent & Trademark Office to obtain registrations of trademarks for clients in industries across the board, from health care to retailers of writing instruments to commercial farmers.

Tara is a known speaker and writer on both data protection on trademark law, and much of her professional development has focused on the intersection of those areas of law. She has written numerous articles, including for Compliance Weekly, the American Bar Association, and in The Trademark Reporter®. For the The Trademark Reporter®, she has most recently authored a comment on the effect of the GDPR on the WHOIS database and on cybersquatting investigations, which garnered the most downloads of any Trademark Reporter® article of 2018. She has recently submitted the second edition of her contribution to the scholarly publication from Oxford University Press entitled “Overlapping Intellectual Property” rights, about the relationship between trademark law and unfair competition in the United States. She is a frequent speaker on both trademark law and developments in data protection laws around the world. In autumn 2019, at the Pharmaceutical Trademark Group Conference in Berlin, Germany, Tara was the first speaker ever invited to present on privacy issues. She delivered a presentation to international trademark attorneys on the challenges new data protection laws present to investigations into the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit pharmaceuticals. She was also honored to be invited for a season to be a guest blogger for the venerated IPKat global intellectual property blog.

Tara is licensed to practice in Tennessee. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the International Trademark Association (INTA). At INTA, she is active on the Data Protection committee. In 2020, she was a part of a task force that created a deliverable to governments around the world who are considering new data protection regulations, to address the concerns of brand owners to have clear and measurable obligations for protecting personal information while at the same time not curtailing investigations into cybersquatting, unauthorized hacking and counterfeit production and distribution. Currently, she is leading a subcommittee to create guidance for member brand owners on performing an impact assessment in the context of cross-border transfers of personal information.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Data Privacy & Cybersecurity

Associations

  • Member, International Trademark Association, Data Protection Committee, 2019–Current
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals, 2018–Current
  • Member, International Trademark Association Trademark Reporter Committee, 2018–2019
  • Chair, Copyright Society of the South, 2016–2018
  • Member, International Trademark Association, Academic Committee, 2013–2017
  • Chair, Intellectual Property Section, Nashville Bar Association, 2011
  • Chair, Social Media Committee, Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 2011
  • Co-Chair, Southeastern Chapter, Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 2011

Awards & Honors

  • Super Lawyer® 2020 - 2021
  • Best Lawyers® 2014 - 2021
  • Super Lawyer® “Rising Star”, 2012 - 2015

Professional Presentations

  • Speaker, Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group, “Privacy Laws: New Challenges for Pharma and their Brands”; Berlin, Germany (September 2019)
  • Speaker, Digital Analytics Summit, “GDPR and U.S. Companies” (September 2018)
  • Speaker, Nashville Technology Council, “GDPR One Month Later,” (June 2018)
  • Speaker, “Software and Copyright, Nashville Product Meetup, (February 2018)
  • Lecturer, Dresden University of Technology, Studies in Intellectual Property Law Summer Session - Introduction to U.S. Copyright Law and Introduction to US Privacy Law; (2015-Current)
  • Speaker, Wyoming Library Association, “Copyright and Fair Use”, Casper and Sheridan, Wyoming (2015, 2017)
  • Speaker, International Trademark Association, “Baseball, Dictators, and Mean Girls in Short Shorts: When Trademarks Overlap with Publicity Rights”; Munich, Germany (December 2014)
  • Speaker, Institute of Trademark Attorneys, “Using Copyright to Protect Famous Brands“; London, England (March 2014)
  • Speaker, “Content Wars: A History of the Recent Battles Between Copyright Owners and Users;” Tennessee Bar Association, (June 2012)
  • Speaker, “Put It in Writing: Why Good Contracts Matter for Software Developers and Their Clients”; Day Camp 4 Developers, (March 2012)
  • Speaker, “An Introduction to SOPA,”  Tennessee Bar Association LawTech Day, (February 2012)
  • Moderator, “Could SOPA Break the Internet?”; Innovation Nashville, (January 2012)
  • Speaker, “Trademarks and Copyrighted Content in Social Media“; Berlin, Germany (October 2011)

Education

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Juris Doctor, 2004

  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Member, Law Review, 2002-2004
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Bachelor of Arts with High Honors, cum laude, 1997

Certifications

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US, 2018–Current)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional for European Union law (CIPP/E, 2019–Current)

Publications

  • Author, “Tennessee Sectoral Privacy Overview,” OneTrust DataGuidance, (September 2021)
  • Co-Author, "INTA Provides Tips for Transferring Personal Information From the EU," INTA Bulletin (April 2021)
  • Author, “4 Privacy Law Considerations for Trademark Counsel,” American Bar Association, (June 2020)
  • Author, “GDPR and WHOIS: Is It Time to Panic,” The Trademark Reporter® , 108 TMR No. 6 (November-December 2018)
  • Author, “Concepts of Use of a Trademark under European Union and United States Trademark Law,” The Trademark Reporter®, 106 TMR No. 6 (November-December 2014)
  • Contributing Author, Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights, Wilkof, Neil and Basheer, Shamnad, eds., Oxford University Press (2012)
  • Author, "Appealing IP: Legal Issues Surrounding the Development of an App"; InForma IP Magazine (February 2012)
  • Technical Editor, Music Copyright Law, by Moser, David and Slay, Cheryl, Course Technology (2012)