Overview

Sharon is Counsel at McDonald Hopkins and part of the firm’s Litigation Department and national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity team. She 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.

A seasoned criminal prosecutor and investigator, Sharon's practice focuses on data privacy litigation, with specific expertise in data privacy compliance, investigation, and cybercrimes. She has litigated complex class actions concerning data breaches and privacy violations and issued and enforced hundreds of subpoenas to Facebook, Google, and other major corporations in her cybercriminal investigations.

As a former Assistant Attorney General for the Illinois Attorney General's Office, Sharon provides an enforcer’s perspective in developing litigation strategies for clients and educating stakeholders, law enforcement officers, and healthcare providers on cyber safety, blockchain technology, and the dangers of the dark web. In her role with the Illinois State Attorney General's Office, Sharon investigated and prosecuted numerous high-tech internet crimes and played a pivotal role in task forces aimed at combatting human trafficking. She also gained experience supervising forensic investigations, developing data privacy policies, and counseling on cybersecurity and regulatory compliance with CCPA, GDPR, and other state, federal and international data privacy laws.

Sharon's litigation practice also includes expertise in prosecuting environmental crimes. She has additional experience as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney, and several years of experience in the tech field prior to the start of her legal career. 

Sharon earned her J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and her B.A. from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. She proudly serves on the IU McKinney Alumni Association Board and sings with the Indianapolis Symphony Choir.

Honors & Recognition

Cybersecurity & Privacy Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 (2022)

Resident Merit Award and Sidney D. Eskenazi Scholarship, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (2010 & 2011)

Credentials

Education

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law 

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis 

Admissions – Court

Admissions – State

Languages

Professional & Civic

Professional Activities

Indiana Governor's Executive Council on Cybersecurity, Advisory Member

Chicago Bar Association

Indiana Bar Association

National Filipino American Lawyers Association, Member

Indiana Filipino American Lawyers' Association, Founder & President

National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement

Indianapolis Shakespeare Theater, Board Member

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Association, Board Member

Human Rights Campaign, Member

Indianapolis Symphony Choir

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