Whitney’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and international disputes.  She has litigated cases and advised clients in the energy, defense, financial services, healthcare, higher education, and manufacturing industries.  Her practice involves helping clients resolve disputes in a number of different areas, including domestic and international data privacy law, antitrust law, and contract law.

Whitney has experience in international commercial and investor-state arbitrations under the rules of leading institutions such as ICSID, PCA, SIAC, and SCAI.  

In addition, she counsels clients in privacy and cybersecurity issues, both in proactively protecting key data and responding to data breaches and other data security incidents.

Whitney is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Charlotte International Arbitration Society and serves as pro bono counsel for asylum seekers escaping genocide and political persecution.  Her pro bono experience also includes working with the International House (a Charlotte non-profit serving immigrants), the SAFE Alliance (helping domestic violence victims get restraining orders) and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. 

Prior to working at Womble, Whitney lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where she worked on international human rights cases and advised non-governmental organizations in Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines.  

Civic and Professional Activities

  • Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Human Rights, Piedmont International University
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, International Law Section
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Charlotte International Arbitration Society
  • Pro bono counsel for asylum seekers, Mi Maletin

Presentations and Publications

Presentations

  • International Career Panel, Presented by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte (WACC), Webinar (April 21, 2020)
  • Presenter, Choice of Law and Forum: Choosing Between New York and North Carolina (February 2020)
  • Presenter, AHFA Annual Regulatory Summit, How to Build a Compliance Program (October 2019)

Publications

  • Bringing "Equal Justice Under Law” to South Carolina: Addressing the Civil Justice Gap and Confronting the Legal Ultimatum, 68 S.C. L. REV. 861
Experience

Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Assisted in the representation of a large public hospital system in federal and state antitrust litigation brought by the US Department of Justice, the North Carolina Department of Justice, and individuals.
  • Counseled clients pre-litigation in responding internally and externally to data breaches and other data security incidents.
  • Represented clients affected by cybercrime in litigation and in federal investigations.
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Bar admissions

2017, North Carolina

Education

  • J.D., 2017, University of South Carolina School of Law
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Wig and Robe
    • J.W. Endowed Scholarship Recipient
    • CALI Award: Food and Drug Law
    • South Carolina Law Review, Research Editor
    • International Law Society, President
    • Pro Bono Board
  • B.A., 2014, University of North Florida
    • Major: Philosophy with Concentration in Legal, Social, & Political Studies
    • Minor, Psychology
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