Xeris "Karis" is an Associate in Maynard Nexsen’s Cybersecurity & Privacy and Litigation practice groups, and has earned the ANSI-Accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/U.S., (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

She works with the Firm’s team members to assist clients with privacy and cybersecurity compliance, policy development, regulatory investigations, and privacy and cybersecurity risk evaluations associated with M&A transactions. She also provides support with various cyber-related matters, from data breach planning, response, and recovery to evaluating cyber liability insurance coverage to best position claims for maximum insurance recovery.

While Xeris concentrates her practice in the area of cybersecurity and privacy, she also has experience in a wide variety of business-related litigation, particularly complex and mass torts cases, and she navigates complex statutory issues focusing on federal law.

Xeris received her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was President of the Student Bar Association, a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, and Editor of The Journal of Legal Profession. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin.

Community & Professional

  • Member of The Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • IAPP KnowledgeNet Privacy Professional – Birmingham



  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star for Class Action/Mass Torts (2021-present)


Speaking Engagements

  • (August 2021) "Tenth Annual Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association Law Symposium"
  • (March 2021) "Department of Labor's Newly Proposed Joint Employer Rule Short on Details at the Moment, But Not Short on Potential Impact on Businesses and Franchisors"
  • (February 2021) "Considering Parallel Investigations," International Association of Defense Counsel Presentation
  • (October 2020) "What Hotels Wish You Knew About Event Contracts," DRI Presentation
  • (April 24, 2020) "Alabama Malpractice Liability and Immunities During COVID-19 Pandemic"


  • "Common Ground: Holidays and Saying Goodbye to 2020," Diversity Matters Newsletter (First Quarter 2021)
  • "The Hospitality Industry in the Wake of COVID-19," The Voice, Volume 19, Issue 24 (June 2020)
  • "Successfully Navigating the Legal Field in the Midst of COVID-19," Law Student Alert; republished on ABA's Before the Bar Blog (May 2020)
  • "How will China's Belt and Road Initiative Change the World?," American Bar Association's Under Construction, Vol. 21 No. 2 (Winter 2019)


  • State Bar: Alabama, Texas
  • U.S. District Court: Alabama (Northern, Middle, Southern), Texas (Eastern, Southern), Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Eleventh Circuit
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