Bio

Sean is a member of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security practice group.  He counsels clients on the legal requirements and risks associated with the collection, storage, use, protection, and disposal of data in their businesses.  He has experience with a variety of international, federal, and state privacy and data security laws and regulations, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), HIPAA, state data breach notification laws, the Stored Communications Act, the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), and the Wiretap Act.  Sean has experience guiding clients through responses to security incidents and data breaches, drafting privacy policies and notices, creating and administering privacy and security compliance programs, and addressing privacy and data security issues in transactional matters, including privacy and security due diligence and contract negotiation.

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 North Carolina firm.

Sean writes extensively on privacy matters. Visit our privacy law blog to read his take on current data privacy-related events.

  • Listed among North Carolina Super Lawyers Health Care – Rising Star (2020)
  • American Bar Association Litigation Section Privacy & Data Security Committee
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar Association Privacy & Data Security Committee
  • 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