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Preetha’s creative spirit, service orientation, and sense of compassion guide her client interactions. An artist and businesswoman herself, Preetha loves using innovative legal techniques to achieve her clients’ goals.

Preetha is a member of the firm’s litigation practice group and handles a wide range of complex commercial litigation, including contract disputes and business torts involving allegations of fraud, copyright and trademark infringement, First Amendment violations, and unfair and deceptive trade practices. She also regularly defends manufacturers against product liability claims and medical providers against malpractice claims.

Preetha also works on privacy and data security issues, as she helps guide clients in developing and executing their responses to privacy incidents. She has overseen forensic analysis of data security incidents, advised on notification obligations under state and federal law, and worked with clients to arrange for the service of notice to affected individuals, business partners, and regulators.  She also works with medical providers to ensure compliance with HIPAA and state privacy regulations.

Preetha has extensive appellate experience in the state and federal courts, having joined Ellis & Winters after a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Mark A. Davis of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She also served as a legal extern for the Honorable Richard A. Elmore of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Since joining Ellis & Winters, she has worked on appeals at the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as at the Fourth Circuit and United States Supreme Court.

Fundamentally, Preetha is community-driven: she is a graduate of Leadership Cary, involved in homeless ministries in Raleigh, and is a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Team.

In her free time, Preetha is an active artist. She and her husband, Woody, formed their own small business, Prints by Preetha. True to her nature, Preetha uses her passion for drawing as a vehicle for good: she donates a portion of the proceeds of her artwork to hunger-relief organizations, and her prints are frequently featured at silent auctions to raise money for local charities.


Legal Assistant

Jotionette Jones

Direct: 919-865-7028

E-mail: jotionette.jones@elliswinters.com

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2016
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Law Review: North Carolina Law Review, Comments Editor 
  • B.A., Centre College, 2013
    • Honors: magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina

Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Middle District of North Carolina
  • Western District of North Carolina

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Triangle Artworks, SMASH! Committee Member
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Pathfinders 2020
  • Leadership Cary, graduate

Experience

Prior Legal Experience

  • Clerkship, North Carolina Court of Appeals, Hon. Mark A. Davis
  • Judicial Extern, North Carolina Court of Appeals, Hon. Richard A. Elmore

Presentations/Publications

  • “Tracking the Status of North Carolina’s Satellite-Based Monitoring Program Post-Grady,” The Middle Ground, Volume 8, Issue 2, October 2018
  • “The North Carolina Street Gang Nuisance Abatement Act: Unconstitutionally Criminalizing the Presence of Gang Members in North Carolina,” 94 N.C. L. Rev. Add. 44 (2016)