Elizabeth Spainhour represents media, communications, and technology companies in a variety of regulatory and business matters. She also focuses her practice in privacy and digital marketing, providing counsel to businesses on key issues in the rapidly changing digital environment.
Elizabeth counsels clients day-to-day on the full gamut of FCC regulatory issues, including political, EEO, children’s programming, contests and promotions, ownership, licensing and renewals, closed captioning, emergency access, and public file requirements. Elizabeth routinely works with clients to evaluate and advocate their positions on key policy issues before the FCC.
Elizabeth advises clients on complex transactions in highly regulated industries, including representation and advocacy through regulatory approval processes. Elizabeth also works with clients to strategize, draft, and negotiate a broad range of key business contracts, such as asset purchase and sale agreements, loan agreements, license and services agreements, and television retransmission consent agreements.
Elizabeth is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) who advises media and technology companies, advertisers, content creators, and other businesses on privacy issues. She works with clients to assess data collection and use practices and to craft responsive data privacy and security policies.
Elizabeth advises media and technology companies, advertisers, content creators, and other businesses on digital media issues. Elizabeth works with clients to evaluate and meet marketing disclosure obligations issued by the Federal Trade Commission and self-regulatory bodies. She also advises businesses on copyright and right of publicity issues.
Elizabeth routinely conducts pre-publication review of news stories and book manuscripts. Having previously worked in the academic publishing industry, Elizabeth has a unique skill set that translates directly to her work with publishers and authors.
Co-Chair, Carolinas Chapter, Federal Communications Bar Association (2010-2014)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, North Carolina Bar Association
Secretary, Treasurer, Section Council, Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2007-2014)
Member, Wake County Bar Association
Volunteer Attorney, Legal Aid of North Carolina Lawyer on the Line Program (2013 - present)
Guardian ad Litem, Wake County, NC (2006-2009)
Presenter, Business North Carolina Cybersecurity Roundtable, Raleigh, NC, November 2018.
Presenter, "A Wrench in the Gears: How to Prevent a Data Breach from Disrupting Your Operations & Customer Relationships," mfgCON 2018, Durham, NC, November 14, 2018.
Presenter, "Data Breaches & Cybersecurity," 2018 CFO/CPA Risk Management Conference, Greensboro, NC, October 16, 2018
Presenter, "Data Privacy - A Legal Assessment," CFO Roundtable event, High Point, NC, August 16, 2018
Co-presenter, "You've Been Breached: What Next?," Business North Carolina CEO Summit, Pinehurst, NC, March 27, 2018
Panelist on cybersecurity concerns for entrepreneurs, Greater Women's Business Council's POP Too! Conference, Raleigh, NC, March 9, 2017
Co-presenter (with Thomas Varnum), "Digital Marketing Blues," Raleigh Social Media Marketing Meetup, Raleigh, NC, January 18, 2017
Co-presenter (with Thomas Varnum), "Digital Marketing Blues," Internet Summit, Raleigh, NC, November 16, 2016
Presenter, “Digital Media and Marketing,” UNC Festival of Legal Learning, February 14, 2015
Presenter, “Responding to a Data Breach,” Banking Security Summit, North Carolina Bankers Association, October 16, 2014
Presenter, Digital Legal & Compliance 101 Panel Discussion, North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, June 24, 2014
Presenter, “Tax Consequences of Lobbying and Political Advocacy,” North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, May 2014
Panelist, Representing Your Local Broadcaster, ABA Forum on Communications Law, April 2014
Co-author, “Commercial Free TV and Aereo: What Lies Ahead for Content Owners in the Wake of the Ninth Circuit’s AutoHop Decision,” Communications Lawyer, November 2013
Co-author, “Prior Restraint 2.0: A Framework for Applying Section 230 to Online Journalism,” 1 Wake Forest J.L.& Pol'y 75, May 2011
Co-author, “Supreme Court Rocks Campaign Finance Boat,” Triad Business Journal, 2010
Moderator, “Recent Developments in Election Law,” North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, October 2013
Panelist, “Copyright and the Internet: Giving Broadcasters the Cold Shoulder?” American Bar Association, Representing Your Local Broadcaster, April 2013
Presenter, “Citizens United and Corporate Political Speech: New Opportunities and Obstacles,” North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, October 2010
Presenter, “Indemnification, Attorneys’ Fees and Arbitration Provisions in Contracts,” North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section Annual Meeting, February 2010
Elizabeth has a passion for media and information sharing. She worked in the academic and information technology publishing industry in the Boston area for three years before returning home to North Carolina for graduate school and law school. (If you learned how to code a website in HTML in the late-90s, chances are good you used a book she worked on as a reference.) Elizabeth enjoys spending time on foot outdoors and at the North Carolina Outer Banks.