Mario is a member of the firm’s Privacy and Data Security practice group.  He has extensive experience with a variety of federal, state, and international privacy and data protection laws.  He dedicates his practice to addressing all aspects of privacy and data security law, including assisting his clients in complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the CAN-SPAM Act, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) as well as compliance with international privacy regimes, such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), OECD’s Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data, and most recently Brazil’s General Law for the Protection of Personal Data (LGPD).  He counsels clients on the legal requirements and best practices relating to, among other things, establishing compliance programs, processing of personal data, security assessments, cross border data transfers, data breach notification, privacy by design, data minimization, and the general risks associated with the collection, storage, use, protection, and disposal of personal data. 

Mario received his J.D. and B.A. in Political Science, with honors and distinction, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate.  Before joining the firm, Mario was in-house privacy counsel at a publicly-traded Fortune 500 life sciences company where he helped manage the company’s global data privacy compliance program.  Prior to that Mario was senior counsel and compliance officer for a privately-held healthcare company.  After law school, he practiced for over seven years in the DC office of a large international law firm where he specialized in matters relating to anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABAC) compliance and complex civil litigation.

Before law school, Mario worked as a one-on-one mentoring program coordinator and then alternative sentencing program coordinator at an area non-profit committed to connecting disengaged young people with their community.

Licensed to practice in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. 

  • The National Black Lawyers Top 100 (2021)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional, U.S. (CIPP/US), International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)