Sean Hoar is a Partner with Davis Wright Tremaine in their Privacy and Security practice. He proactively counsels businesses and organizations on information privacy, data security, and cyber security threats. He also assists in preparing for security incidents, overseeing information system risk assessments, and counseling on compliance with laws pertaining to network security and information privacy. He also manages responses to data breaches, including the deployment of digital forensics teams. Hoar is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and is the Executive Director of the Financial Crimes & Digital Evidence Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that facilitates training on the detection, investigation and prosecution of financial fraud, and the acquisition and use of digital evidence.
From 1991 to 2014, Hoar served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as the lead cyber attorney in Oregon. He also prosecuted complex white collar and high tech crime, including computer intrusions, intellectual property theft, identity theft and Internet fraud. He also provided legal assistance in computer-crime emergencies and facilitated training for law enforcement and foreign governments on financial fraud, digital evidence and cybercrime issues. He twice received the highest honor bestowed upon an Assistant United States Attorney by the Department of Justice, the Director's Award, for accomplishments in litigation and the provision of national assistance to prosecutors and investigators. He was also featured in Newsweek, and his cases were featured in various media, including the NBC Nightly News and the New York Times Magazine.
Prior to joining the United States Department of Justice, Hoar served as an Assistant District Attorney for Lane County in Eugene, Oregon, from 1987 to 1991 where he supervised the District Court Division and prosecuted a wide range of felony offenses including narcotics, property and violent crime in the Circuit Court Division. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, and the various courts in the State of Oregon.