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Thomas' Profile

Thomas is an Associate in the Firm’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice. He assists organizations of all sizes across various business and industry sectors in responding to data security events and implementing robust information security and privacy programs.

Thomas has represented clients across numerous industries in connection with data security breaches involving consumer data, employee information, and other sensitive information. He works closely with clients to develop practical solutions around the collection, use, and transfer of information including guidance on applicable legal requirements under international, federal, state, and contractual law. He has experience protecting the client’s interests through the evaluation and drafting of vendor agreements, drafting privacy policy notices and terms of use agreements, and regulatory compliance counseling.

In addition, Thomas advises clients on incident response processes from a legal and technical perspective, focusing on issues including business continuity, disaster recovery, forensic analysis, notification obligations, and public relations. As a part of a proactive approach to client service, Thomas has also been involved with mock data security incident simulations involving ransomware, business email compromise, and vendor compromise for companies and their leadership and executives. Thomas earned his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He holds a B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where he was a member of the Chancellor Honors Program.

Thomas's Experience

  • Counseled clients in numerous governmental investigations
  • Represented clients across industry sectors in connection with data security breaches involving consumer data, employee information, and other sensitive information
  • Assisted organizations with domestic and international privacy compliance

Thomas's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association (Member, Privacy and Information Security Committee; member, Big Data and AI Task Force)

Thomas's Speaking Engagements

  • 2018, Tennessee Attorney Memo Business Law Conference
  • Nashville Technology Council’s 2020 Analytics Summit: Big Data in the Dawn of Privacy Reformation
  • Corporate Cybersecurity Trainings for Middle Tennessee Businesses (VACO, Lifeway Christian, etc.)


State Bar: Tennessee

  • University of Tennessee College of Law
    • (2015, J.D.)

  • University of Tennessee Knoxville
    • (2012, B.A. Political Science, magna cum laude, Chancellor Honors Program)

Monday, August 15, 2022

Maynard’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice Expands Team with the Addition of Thomas Ritter and Xeris Gregory

Maynard’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice recently added two new associates, Thomas Ritter and Xeris Gregory, to our nationally recognized team. Our two newest attorneys complement and strengthen our team’s core tenants: depth of legal knowledge, technical expertise, and unmatched practical business sense. Thomas Ritter joins Maynard in Nashville as an...

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Monday, July 11, 2022


Maynard & Gale (Maynard) is pleased to announce the arrival of five experienced attorneys joining the Firm as Associates in the Real Estate, Public Finance, Cybersecurity & Privacy, and Healthcare practice groups. A. Wade Cornelius, Associate, Real Estate, BirminghamCallie Passwater, Associate, Public Finance, AtlantaThomas Ritter, Associate, Cybersecurity & Privacy, NashvilleMitchell...

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