Cybersecurity Risks for Small Law Firms: Protecting Your Firm and Your Clients

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This is a complimentary program sponsored by Citrix ShareFile.

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All law firms are at risk for data breaches due to the great amount of clients’ confidential information that they possess.  Small law firms, in particular, often do not have the resources to allot to a separate cybersecurity program and therefore face a significant threat of experiencing a data breach.  However, these firms must still take measures to ensure their clients’ information is secure and mitigate any potential risks.

Join experts from Citrix ShareFile and a certified information privacy professional (CIPP) from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP to learn the ways in which small law firms are open to cyberattacks.  Additionally, the panelists will discuss ways in which small law firms can develop an effective cybersecurity program and protect themselves by using technology such as cloud software.

Educational Objectives:

• Understand how hackers can infiltrate your law firm’s database
• Develop an effective cybersecurity plan specific to your small law firm’s needs
• Learn how to use the proper technology to protect your firm from cyberattacks

Who would benefit most from attending this program?

Counsel at small- to mid-sized law firms; practitioners involved in the area of privacy and data security; partners and officers at small- to mid-sized law firms.



Mr. Sean Hoar, CISSP, GISP, CIPP/US, is a veteran security and privacy attorney and an accomplished litigator with over two decades of experience prosecuting cybercrime, identity theft, Internet fraud, and other matters for the U.S. Department of Justice.  He proactively counsels businesses and organizations on information security and cyber security threats, and assists them in preparing for security incidents.  This involves counseling on compliance with network security and information privacy requirements, and assisting clients with information system risk assessments and emergency readiness exercises.  He also assists clients with managing responses to data breaches, including the deployment of forensic teams, and responding to governmental inquiries, consumer notification, and law enforcement referrals.  

Mr. Hoar served as the lead cyber attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon where he managed compliance with the Fourth Amendment, the Stored Communications Act, and other constitutional and regulatory frameworks for federal law enforcement.  He teaches a course in cybercrime and has trained foreign government officials, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, on cybercrime awareness.  A frequent author and speaker on privacy and security matters, Mr. Hoar has received numerous accolades from the FBI, the Secret Service, the IRS, and the DEA throughout his career.  Mr. Hoar is also a member of DWT’s Breach Response Team.

Mr. Hoar is admitted to practice in Oregon, Washington, the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.  He earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, his M.S. from Florida State University, and his B.A. from Linfield College.


Ms. Sara Greene is the Director of Citrix ShareFile for Legal.  She has helped ShareFile’s charge into the legal industry by understanding the software and internet security needs of law firms and legal IT consultants.  She has a strong understanding of software as a service and cloud computing needs in the legal context.  ShareFile is a market leading provider of secure cloud based document sharing.  

Ms. Greene earned her B.S. from East Carolina University.


Mr. John McHugh is a Strategic Partnership Associate in the Citrix ShareFile Business Development team.  In his role he develops partnerships within the legal industry, focusing primarily on Bar Associations and Law Schools.  He has a background in legislative and regulatory development and was a senior policy analyst for the State of North Carolina. Mr. McHugh also served as Ethics Liaison for Governor Mike Easley.    

Mr. McHugh graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in Political Science, and earned his JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.