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Roy E. Hadley

Special Counsel
Economic Development
  • P 470.427.3725
    F 470.427.3693

Roy E. Hadley, Jr., joined the Adams and Reese Atlanta office in February 2018 as a Special Counsel and a member of the Transaction Practice Group. His practice, which is international in scope, includes counseling clients worldwide on complex corporate transactions, particularly those involving technology, information management, life sciences, e-commerce, economic development, telecommunications, outsourcing and intellectual property.

For more than 30 years, Roy has been a trusted advisor to high growth businesses, governments as well as family and closely held businesses. He also provides guidance to a wide array of companies and their boards on issues related to data security and privacy, technology and business process outsourcing, telecommunications, health information technology, electronic medical records, software development and licensing, and entertainment and new media.

Roy serves as independent counsel to boards and board committees on cyber matters, helping them understand and mitigate legal risks and exposures to protect themselves and the companies they serve. He also counsels clients on business matters affected by personal and family dynamics, including business succession planning, legacy planning, family governance and intergenerational issues. He focuses on helping closely-held businesses and the family members involved protect their interests and achieve their goals in times of transition or crisis.

His representative experience in cybersecurity and privacy includes:

  • Assisting a pharmaceutical company in developing global privacy and information management policies and procedures.
  • Reviewing website design policies and compliance.
  • Drafting online terms and use and data usage policies .
  • Drafting international privacy policies and data transfer policies, including privacy shield and general data protection regulation.
  • Drafting and negotiating cloud storage and data hosting agreements to reduce costs for a client while maintaining safety and security of personally identifiable information.

Roy’s representative experience in corporate law includes:

  • Counseling client in a complex property acquisition and restructuring in multi-party bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Serving as lead counsel in complex outsourcing arrangement for telecommunications and computing sales for state government.
  • Counseling clients in the sale of a closely held family business to multiple private equity concerns.

His representative experience internationally includes:

  • Representing a large United States manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment in multiple African countries and facilitating joint ventures with local partners throughout Africa.
  • Representing African companies in accessing United States technologies, facilitating technology transfer, and negotiating licensing and distribution rights in southern and western Africa.
  • Assisting a United States-based commodities trading company in establishing distribution, warehousing and trading operations for perishable commodities in Liberia and western Africa.

Roy’s representative experience in entertainment and media includes:

  • Serving as co-lead on a $330 million purchase and corporate restructuring for a large, privately held media group.
  • Counseling athletes and entertainers on endorsements, business opportunities, social media and other contractual matters.
  • Counseling a client on convergence and interactive media technologies, content distribution and enhanced broadband/multimedia applications.

Prior to joining Adams and Reese, Roy was a partner at a full-service law firm where he served as co-head of the data security and privacy team while also chairing the diversity and inclusion initiative and leading the Africa practice desk. His business experience includes serving as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of a wireless communications company, as vice president, general counsel and chief privacy officer for a travel services and technology company, and as in-house counsel for a pair of telecommunication corporations. Roy also served as special counsel to the president of the American Bar Association and as special assistant attorney general for the state of Georgia.

Roy is AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected by several publications for various honors. He was tabbed a Cyber Security Visionary by USBE & IT Magazine in 2012, listed among Georgia’s Most Powerful and Influential Lawyers in 2013, honored by Legal 500 in Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts in 2014, a “Minority Powerbroker” by Law360, as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Black Lawyers” by Savoy Magazine in 2015 and a “Game Changer” in information security by Hub Magazine in 2016. Most recently, he was presented the “Pinnacle Leadership Award” from the Fortitude Educational and Cultural Development Center in 2017.

A frequent speaker, lecturer and author, Roy has writing has appeared on USAToday.com, FOXNews.com, Compliance Week, Healthcare Risk Management, Inside Counsel, Homeland Security Today, National Law Review, Sports Page Weekly, Law 360 and many other publications. He has also appeared on Georgia Public Broadcasting, TAG Radio, WXIA-TV (Tech Edge) and WUPA-TV (Focus Atlanta).

A double graduate of the University of Georgia, Roy earned a B.B.A. from the Terry College of Business in 1985 and completed his J.D. from the School of law in 1988.

He is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association and the Georgia Bar Association. Roy is a former board member of the Atlanta Legal Diversity Consortium and is currently on the Technology Marketing Council of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce as well as an Advisory Committee Member of the United States Law Firm Group Diversity Committee. He served on the board of the Chastain Bark Conservancy, the Corporate Leadership Council of Fernbank and the Atlanta branch of the South African Business Chamber of Commerce, and is currently the board chair of the Technology Association of Georgia Information Security Society and is an advisory board member of the National Technology Security Coalition.

In addition to his legal work, Roy is an active in the Technology Association of Georgia and the Boy Scouts of America – where both he and his son are Eagle Scouts.