Sean Hoar
Partner & Chair
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP


Sean Hoar is a partner in the Portland office of Lewis Brisbois and chair of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. He has extensive experience managing responses to digital crises and effectively marshaling resources to contain and remediate information security incidents. He served as the lead cyber attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon, and he worked closely with the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section in Washington D.C. He holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), the Global Information Security Professional (GISP), and the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credentials. His work on behalf of corporate clients includes:

  • General information security consulting
  • Incident response planning
  • Table-top exercises
  • Incident response services
  • Data breach-related defensive litigation
  • Employee/Board/Senior Executive training
  • Facilitating system vulnerability testing and penetration testing
  • Facilitating digital forensic services
  • Drafting information security policies and procedures
  • Data privacy compliance consulting

As a veteran security and privacy attorney and an accomplished litigator prosecuting cybercrime, identity theft, Internet fraud, and other matters for the U.S. Department of Justice, Sean managed compliance with the Fourth Amendment, the Stored Communications Act, and other constitutional and regulatory frameworks for federal law enforcement. He trained federal investigators and prosecutors about the acquisition and use of digital evidence, and he trained foreign officials, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, about anti-terrorism and cybercrime awareness. He also taught courses in cybercrime and privacy law and serves as the executive director of the Financial Crimes & Digital Evidence Foundation. A frequent author and speaker on privacy and security matters, Sean has received numerous accolades from the FBI, the Secret Service, the IRS, and the DEA throughout his career.

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