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Stacey A. Shadden

Stacey A. Shadden


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)

McGrath North's Team Receives Broad Recognition from The Best Lawyers in America® 2022

In its newly released 2022 edition, The Best Lawyers in America® has recognized 47 McGrath North attorneys in the full range of specialty practice areas key to supporting businesses of all sizes across a broad range of industries.  Of these partners recognized based on peer-review surveys, 11 were named “Lawyer of the Year.” This honor is awarded to only one attorney with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location.  


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15th Annual Seminar For Accounting Professionals


November 07, 2019

14th Annual Seminar For Accounting Professionals

McGrath North is sponsoring and conducting our 14th Annual Seminar for Accounting Professionals in Omaha, Nebraska.  



More Publications

Connecticut Becomes The Latest State To Modify Its Data Breach Laws – Is Your Business Affected?

Beginning in 2002, California passed the first data breach notification law in the United States, and since then, the remaining 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands have enacted data breach notification legislation. Following the passage of these laws, many jurisdictions have modified and updated their regulatory framework. Recently, Connecticut’s governor signed both HB 5310 (An Act Concerning Data Privacy Breaches) and HB 6607 (An Act Incentivizing the Adoption of Cybersecurity Standards for Businesses) into law.  


Do Business In California? How To Avoid An Enforcement Action By The California Attorney General

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) became effective on January 1, 2020, and the California Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has been bringing enforcement actions against companies since July 1, 2020. With a year under our belt, we’ve gained important insight into the types of violations the OAG is focusing on. Notably, in July 2021, the OAG published an exemplary list of CCPA enforcement actions that the office has taken over the last year. This list helps provide further insight into the types of violations that the OAG has investigated, sent notices for, and seen remedied over the last year.  


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: Great Plains Super Lawyers Rising Star (Mergers and Acquisitions) 2020-2021
  • Listed: “Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch”, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2021 - 2022