ATLANTA—Philip Gura has more than 30 years of experience helping companies manage privacy, data security, governance and regulatory compliance challenges. For the past 15 years, he has served as the Chief Legal Officer of major corporations, including Merchant Customer Exchange LLC (MCX), RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. and LaRoche Industries, Inc. His in-house experience includes managing and directing corporate governance, regulatory/compliance, privacy/ data security and intellectual property efforts.

Now, Gura is bringing this real-world experience to Womble Bond Dickinson as an attorney in the firm’s Atlanta office.

Gura most recently served as Chief Legal Officer of Sionic Mobile Corporation, a cloud-based connected commerce company. In this role, Gura led partnership negotiations with major financial institutions, acquirers, automobile manufacturers, technology platform providers, and merchants.

Previously, he led the in-house legal team at MCX, where he built legal and compliance functions from the ground up for the company’s mobile payments platform. He also provided a wide range of other legal and business guidance to the company’s CEO and Board of Managers, working closely with the nation’s top retailers. Gura led the company’s efforts to acquire and sell major FinTech services and other technology assets. He also served as Head of Government Relations, leading MCX’s legislative education efforts.

“Phil understands the needs of corporate clients, because he has been in the in-house counsel’s seat. We are glad to have him here in Atlanta, and I feel sure our clients will appreciate the skills and experience he brings to the table,” said Atlanta Office Managing Partner Joel Pieper.

“In addition to his tremendous legal knowledge, Phil understands the technology behind the tech sector, having worked in that field for so many years, and will bring that industry knowledge to bear for our privacy and data security clients,” said Ted Claypoole, the leader of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Team, IP Transactions Team, and FinTech Team.