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Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Portland, Oregon
Sean Hoar, CISSP, GISP, CIPP/US, has extensive experience managing responses to digital crises and effectively marshalling resources to contain and remediate information security incidents. He served as the lead cyber attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon where he was the point of contact for the FBI, Secret Service, and Homeland Security in system intrusions and other digital crime emergencies. He now counsels businesses on best practices in information privacy and data security, and countering cyber security threats. He also facilitates incident response planning and risk assessments, and manages responses to data breaches as a member of DWT’s Breach Response Team.

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 currently teaches 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.

About Me

What professional recognitions do you have?
Outstanding Support, Dedication, and Contribution to Federal Law Enforcement in the District of Oregon, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Portland, Ore., 2014, Outstanding Prosecutive Skills and Assistance to the FBI, FBI Director James B. Comey, 2014, Outstanding Assistance and Support on Behalf of the Investigative and Protective Responsibilities of the Secret Service, United States Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson, 2014 and more.
What topics have you lectured or presented on?
Cybercrime and privacy law, Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the Supply Chain: Identifying Key Risks and Best Practices and many others.


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Association Position
International Association of Privacy Professionals Member
Alumni Leadership Council (former Chair), Linfield College, 2010-2014 Member
Information Systems Audit and Control Association Member
Information Systems Security Association Member
Executive Director, Financial Crimes & Digital Evidence Foundation Member


School Degree Graduation Year
Higher Education Administration, Florida State University M.S. 1981
University of Oregon School of Law J.D. 1987
English and Psychology, Linfield Colleg B.A. 1980

Contact Information

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

1300 SW 5th Ave STE 2300
Portland, OR 97201