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Stacey A. Shadden

Stacey A. Shadden

AttorneyChair, Business and Corporate Group

As a member of McGrath North’s business corporate practice group, Stacey focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, data privacy and cybersecurity matters and complex commercial business transactions. Stacey’s goal is to establish a partnership with each client to create a practical working plan that allows her clients to reach their goals without creating barriers to their success.

Practical and Tailored Guidance Through Every Stage of a Transaction

Stacey has experience assisting a wide-variety of clients through every stage of a M&A transaction. Her experience ranges from helping start-ups take-off to working through a buy/sell transaction with individual entrepreneurs, mid-sized midwestern companies and Fortune 500 businesses. Stacey is skilled at maximizing efficiencies with her modern and practical legal guidance always ensuring her clients are prepared and informed through every step of the process. Stacey takes time upfront to help her clients evaluate their goals in order to best navigate through each stage of the transaction process. Stacey assists clients with performing due diligence and evaluating the clients’ needs at the early transaction stage to negotiating and drafting transaction documents to preparing each client for a smooth post-close transition. The clients’ ultimate goal is Stacey’s priority and she structures her guidance to accomplish these goals.

Seamless Legal Counsel

Stacey regularly helps clients address current and emerging data privacy and cybersecurity matters, including preparing, advising and implementing privacy programs to maximize compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM), among others. Stacey has a unique ability to work with clients to balance the importance of regulatory compliance with the practicalities of operationalizing a privacy program. Stacey regularly assists clients with review and negotiation of complex information technology agreements. Whether a client requires assistance evaluating a new technology service provider or assessing long-standing technology relationships, Stacey understands what’s market in today’s technology world and is prepared to provide value-added guidance as her clients negotiate with providers to achieve their objectives. Stacey partners with her clients to evaluate the application of the ever-changing data privacy and cybersecurity world to provide seamless legal counsel and to proactively create an efficient plan to navigate and comply with legal and regulatory obligations.

Realistic Advice Creating Operational Efficiencies

Stacey has extensive experience assisting clients with all aspects of commercial business transactions for companies of all sizes in a full spectrum of industries. Implementing sound contracts and administrative procedures to minimize legal risk is a key component for any business. Stacey provides sensible and realistic advice to ensure her clients are building operational efficiencies while protecting her clients’ best interests when negotiating, drafting and managing contract matters. Being proactive prevents costly liability down the road.

  • Creighton University School of Law (J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2013)
  • Creighton University (B.S.B.A, Magna Cum Laude, 2009)
  • Iowa (2013)
  • Nebraska (2014: Sustaining Member)

McGrath North's Team Receives Broad Recognition from The Best Lawyers in America® 2024



McGrath North Great Plains Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

McGrath North is honored to announce that 20 of its lawyers have been recognized as Great Plains Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in the 2022 Super Lawyers Ranking list. These lawyers practice in the core specialty areas critical to serving the firm’s clients across the country and help fulfill our commitment to focus first and always on client success.  


McGrath North Hosts Privacy & Data Protection Summit

On December 6, 2022, McGrath North held its Privacy & Data Protection Summit at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The over 100 attendees from almost 70 companies at the half-day event had the opportunity to hear speakers and panelists, including guest experts from the industry, share insights on key topics including:  


15th Annual Seminar For Accounting Professionals



The Long Wait Is Finally Over – California Provides Guidance On The Use Of Automated Decision-Making Technologies

The California Privacy Protection Agency (Agency) has released its long-awaited draft rules on automated decision-making technologies. The draft rules outline how businesses using these systems must provide notice to consumers, provide an opt-out option to consumers, and give consumers access to details on the outputs of the automated decision-making technologies.  


NYDFS Updates Its Cybersecurity Regulation To Protect Against Growing Cyber Threats

On November 1, 2023, New York Governor Hochul announced updates to the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) Cybersecurity Regulation. These updates follow the NYDFS’s proposed Second Amendment to its Cybersecurity Regulation to strengthen the initial regulations and to protect cybersecurity programs from potential threats.  



More Publications

US Privacy Legislation: Which States Are Still Likely To Enact Comprehensive Laws In 2023?

2023 has already become a landmark year for data privacy developments. On January 1 of this year, the California Privacy Rights Act and the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act entered into force. Additionally, the Human Resources (HR) and Business-to-Business (B2B) exemptions under California law expired on January 1, which has drastically shifted businesses’ obligations in the state. Other states have also gotten in on the action, with Iowa passing a comprehensive privacy law, set to go into effect in 2025. Before that, however, the Colorado Privacy Act, the Connecticut Data Privacy Act, and the Utah Consumer Privacy Act will all enter into force before the end of this calendar year.  


Iowa Becomes The Latest: Comprehensive Privacy Bill Signed Into Law

On March 28, 2023, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the sixth state comprehensive privacy statute into law. Iowa now joins California, Connecticut, Virginia, Utah and Colorado in the group of ever-expanding states that have enacted such laws. Iowa’s law is similar to both the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”) and the Utah Consumer Privacy Act (“UCPA”), although CPRA continues to have a broader reach than that of Iowa’s new law.  


Privacy is Power - Episode 7: Getting Certified

Data protection certifications are a great way to give your organization an edge against your competitors when it comes to scoring new clients and proving up your data privacy and security compliance. However, understanding all the different certifications available and which certifications will provide the most value for organization can be tricky. This month, Stacey Shadden and Caroline Pieper discuss the most common types of certifications and how they can be beneficial for your organization as you consider getting certified!  


Privacy is Power - Episode 6: Don't Click the Link! The Importance of Employee Privacy Training

This month’s episode of Privacy is Power focuses on the importance of employee privacy and security training. Reports show that as many as 90% of breaches start from social engineering or phishing attacks that an organization’s technical security solutions can’t protect against. Training an organization’s workforce who handle sensitive data will have an immediate impact on an organization’s level of data security, and not properly training the workforce can be costly and detrimental. Don’t trust that employees know how to properly protect data or implement proper procedure, reach out to McGrath North’s Privacy and Cybersecurity team today to create a tailored training guide to efficiently ensure employees know proper protocol.   

  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Omaha Bar Association (LRS Committee)
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • IAPP (Member)
  • Author: “How to Sandbag Your Opponent in the   Unsuspecting World of High Stakes   Acquisitions,” 47, No. 3, Creighton Law   Review 459 (2014)
  • Executive Editor, Creighton International & Comparative Law Journal
  • Vice President of Logistics, Moot Court Board
  • National Moot Court Regional Semi-finalist
  • Business Law Concentration
  • Listed: “Best Lawyers in America“, Corporate Law
  • Listed: Great Plains Super Lawyers Rising Star (Mergers and Acquisitions) 2020-2023
  • Listed: “Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch”, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2021 - 2022
  • 2023 Top Women Dealmaker Award Recipient (Global M&A Network)