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Shelby E. Dolen

Shelby E. Dolen


Shelby helps clients navigate existing and emerging privacy laws, whether she is helping tackle a complex privacy matter or develop a comprehensive privacy program.

Clients appreciate Shelby's passion for the law as it relates to protecting technology and company assets. She regularly monitors fast-changing consumer privacy laws, with the understanding that critical strategy and success for any business includes developing a comprehensive privacy program that complies with the maze of state, federal, and international privacy laws. Shelby specializes in children's privacy law, counseling clients as they navigate this evolving privacy landscape. She assists clients in complying with numerous consumer privacy laws, including: 

  • ​California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • Colorado Privacy Act (CPA)
  • Utah Consumer Privacy Act (UCPA)
  • Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA)
  • European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR)
  • Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Shelby is a frequent author and speaker on data privacy and was selected as a JD Supra Top 10 Author in 2022 for data privacy. She is a regular contributor to Husch Blackwell's Byte Back blog and has been published in OneTrust Data Guidance, Law360, and Westlaw Today. Shelby is certified by the IAPP as a Certified Information Privacy Professional in the laws of the United States (CIPP/US) and is a KnowledgeNet Chair of the IAPP's Denver chapter. 

In addition to providing privacy counsel, Shelby advises clients on how to manage and protect their intellectual property assets. She drafts and reviews complex software, licensing, and technology related agreements advising clients on both the data privacy and intellectual property side. Shelby enjoys helping businesses – whether innovative startups or large corporations – navigate essential protections and optimal pathways.




  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards, Top 10 Author, Data Privacy, 2022


  • J.D., University of Colorado Law School
    • Colorado Technology Law Journal, Lead Articles Editor
    • Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
    • Order of Barristers
    • Moot Court Division of Barristers’ Council
    • National Telecommunications and Technology Moot Court Competition
    • Silicon Flatirons
  • B.A., University of Denver
    • Socio-Legal Studies, Film Studies and Production, major; Business Administration, minor


  • Colorado

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)
  • Colorado Bar Association (CBA)
  • Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court Member
  • Denver Bar Association 
  • IAPP KnowledgeNet Chapte​r Chair - Denver, CO
2023 Pro Bono Achiever
  • Provided counsel to numerous clients regarding California Consumer Privacy Act compliance issues.
  • Drafted internal response policies for clients responding to data subject requests.
  • Conducted two 50 state data breach notifications for leading U.S. based lending company.
  • Drafted and negotiated data privacy provisions in commercial contracts, including data processing agreements.
  • Advised education-related company on compliance with FERPA, COPPA, and CCPA, including drafting necessary privacy policies and terms.
  • Conducted data privacy and intellectual property due diligence review of companies of varying size and maturity, analyzing all aspects of privacy compliance and intellectual property ownership.
  • Advised international architectural and design firm on international privacy law compliances issues in Europe, APAC, and Latin America, including drafting privacy policy and employee privacy notice.
  • Advised on privacy compliance "best practices" for ecommerce clients covering online advertising, email marketing, surveys, and presentation of website privacy notices and terms of use.
  • Drafted terms of use and sale for numerous websites, web-based service providers, and mobile applications.
  • Drafted and negotiated software license agreements and technology service agreements on behalf of customers and vendors.
Blog | February 04, 2023
CPPA Board Approves CPRA Regulations
Blog | March 20, 2021
Colorado Privacy Act Introduced
Webinar | June 4, 2024
Analyzing the Colorado AI Act
Webinar | February 20, 2024
U.S. Privacy Law Update
Speaking Engagements | December 7, 2023
Speaker, "2024's Data Privacy Laws," Osano Webinar
Outside the Office

You can often find Shelby enjoying the great outdoors.

Shelby enjoys hiking, backpacking and camping at National Parks. She’s also been a golfer since early childhood and is an avid reader – working her way through popular bestsellers.