Bio

Sean is a member of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security practice group.  He counsels clients on legal requirements regarding privacy, data security, and data protection applicable to their businesses.  He has experience with a variety of federal, state, and foreign privacy and data security laws and regulations, including biometric privacy laws such as the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) and California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), CAN-SPAM, the Colorado Privacy Act (CPA), the EU ePrivacy Directive and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), HIPAA, state data breach notification laws, the Stored Communications Act, the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA), and the Wiretap Act.  Sean has significant experience guiding clients through responses to security incidents and data breaches, including responses to regulatory investigations into data breaches, drafting privacy policies and notices, creating and advising on the administration of privacy and security compliance programs, drafting and negotiating privacy and security contracts, and advising on privacy and data security issues in M&A transactions. Sean holds a CIPP/US certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Sean received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a Victor McQuistion scholar.  Sean received his B.A. in Anthropology, with honors and distinction, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Before joining the firm, Sean practiced in the privacy & data security and commercial litigation groups at a regional North Carolina firm.

Sean frequently writes on privacy, data security, and data protection matters. Visit our privacy law blog to read his take on current data privacy-related events.

  • Listed among North Carolina Super Lawyers – Rising Star (2020, 2021)
  • Young Privacy Professional, IAPP Raleigh-Durham KnowledgeNet
  • Member, Dix Park Community Committee
  • Mentor, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Member, North Carolina State Bar
  • Member, North Carolina State Bar Association Privacy & Data Security Committee
  • Member, Wake County Bar Association
  • Advised national pharmacy client on responding Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigations into HIPAA compliance.
  • Drafted information security and HIPAA policies and procedures for healthcare startup.
  • Advised multiple portfolio companies of private equity firm on California Consumer Privacy Act compliance.
  • Negotiated privacy and security purchase agreement provisions in acquisition of an international consumer research platform.
  • Advised national financial institution on multistate data breach response and subsequent regulatory inquiries.
  • Negotiated data protection addenda and business associate agreements for global companies.
  • Advised educational institution on compliance with General Data Protection Regulation and ePrivacy Directive.
  • Drafted privacy policy for local technology startup.
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional, U.S. (CIPP/US), International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), 2017-Present