Orla was born in Ireland, educated in the US and EU, and worked for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin and Washington, DC. As such, she brings a uniquely informed perspective to her global clients with EU and US operations.

Clients rely on Orla for guidance with issues in data security, online marketing and intellectual property. She works closely with her clients as a strategic business partner, investing her time to fully understand their unique needs – and the needs of their business and industry. In addition to counseling businesses, Orla also has significant experience guiding colleges and universities in IP, digital marketing, data security and privacy issues specific to the Education Sector.

Orla helps clients manage cybersecurity and data privacy risks. She advises clients on the collection, use, sharing, and transfer of data across international borders, including compliance with the GDPR and the EU-US Privacy Shield. In the event of a data breach, she helps clients respond, mitigate and comply with data breach notification laws.

She regularly works in the area of online marketing and advertising – with a focus on social media. Orla reviews marketing campaigns and creates rules and disclosures for sweepstakes, contests and other promotions.

Orla also represents clients in a variety of technology transactions, including licensing and collaboration agreements, services and subscription agreements, confidentiality agreements, supply and distribution agreements, and other strategic commercial agreements.

Orla has earned the Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Unregulated Armed Conflict: Non-State Armed Groups, International Humanitarian Law, and Violence in Western Sahara, 37 N.C.J. Int'l L. & Com. Reg. 793 (2012)
Civic and Professional Activities
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Pro Bono and Poverty Committee, Co-Chair, NCBA Young Lawyers Division
  • Pro Bono Activities Committee, NCBA
  • Pro Bono Committee, WCSR
Honors and Awards

NCBA IP Law Section 2013 Outstanding Achievement Pro Bono Award 


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    • Managed a technology client’s response to a data breach affecting approximately 500 employees.
    • Reviewed online and in-store sweepstakes, social media campaigns and marketing materials for a multinational consumer products company and trained employees on compliance with marketing laws.
    • Seconded as an on-site, full-time in-house attorney to a large technology company for 4 months to review and negotiate customer agreements and to assist with daily transactional work.
    • Closed a $150 million technology transaction involving the sale of an affiliate company, requiring extensive IP due diligence and close analysis of complex upstream licensing obligations.
    • Audited a client’s software licenses, working closely with the IT team, to refute copyright infringement claims and negotiate a settlement agreement for substantially less than first demanded.


    Bar admissions

    2012, North Carolina

    Admitted to practice before:

    • All North Carolina state courts
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina


    • J.D., 2012, University of North Carolina School of Law
      • Graduated with high honors
      • Order of the Coif
      • North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation
      • President, Innocence Project
    • M.A., 2009, International Relations, Dublin City University School of Law and Government
    • B.A., 2005, Journalism (Public Relations) and International Studies (Western Europe and Politics), University of North Carolina
      • Graduated with highest distinction
      • Lorenzo de Medici Institute, Florence, Italy August-December 2004
      • Study Abroad, Seville, Spain, June-July 2003

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