Sean is Counsel at McDonald Hopkins and part of the firm’s national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity team. He is accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the United States, the gold standard certification for information privacy professionals.

Sean’s practices focuses on advising clients on best practices to prevent and respond to data privacy and cybersecurity matters such as ransomware attacks and email comprises. His expertise includes providing pre-breach and incident response counseling and managing all aspects of cybersecurity incident response, including forensic investigations and remediation, media and third party communications, data mining, breach notification, subrogation, and litigation. Sean has experience managing media and third party communications with state, federal and international regulators and represents his clients in connections with government investigations that arise out of cybersecurity issues.

When it comes to data privacy compliance, Sean provides counseling on matters relating to HIPAA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, GDPR, CCPA, FERPA, PCI-DSS, and various state data protection and breach notification laws. He also has experience advising and assisting with proactive data privacy measures and breach prevention, including the creation of information security plans and programs, acceptable use policies, and incident response plans.

In addition to his years of experience as a data privacy and cybersecurity attorney, Sean served as a senior analyst handling compliance matters for a Fortune 50 health insurance company and also was a prosecutor and defense litigation attorney at the New York City Law Department, where he conducted several trials and hearings. Sean is also a U.S. Army Veteran, having served for over six years, attaining the rank of Captain.

Sean received his B.S. in criminal justice from East Carolina University. He went on to study at Rutgers Law School, where he earned his J.D. and served as the Managing Articles Editor for the Rutgers Race and the Law Review.

Honors & Recognition

2023 National Black Lawyers 40 under 40 

2014 Charles H. Revson Law Students Public Interest Fellow



Rutgers Law School

East Carolina University

Admissions – State

Professional & Civic

Professional Activities

International Association of Privacy Professionals

Health Care Compliance Association


Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)

Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC)

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