Sean C. Griffin


  • Overview


    Sean Griffin is an experienced litigator who has accumulated a keen knowledge of addressing clients’ complex legal issues. Whether as a business litigator or a leader in data privacy, Sean spots issues and anticipates contingencies to craft effective litigation and cybersecurity strategies.

    Sean draws upon his background as a U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney to assist clients with unique matters that intersect with the federal government, including contract claims, False Claims Act litigation, internal investigations, and subpoena responses. He has a lengthy record of looking beyond immediate challenges to prepare for and parry potential liabilities and compliance issues that pose threats to clients.

    Sean’s clients include insurance companies, defense contractors, manufacturers, and law firms, who all turn to Sean to protect and advance their interests in a wide range of disputes. Sean has prosecuted and defended complex property claims, commercial litigation and fraud cases in state and federal courts around the country. He has represented a number of government contractors in cases relating to fraud, and he has represented a political campaign in emergency injunction proceedings to regain access to voter databases.

    As one of the world's first IAPP certified Artificial Intelligence Governance Professionals (AIGP) and a certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), Sean helps clients establish and maintain data security, respond to data breaches, and litigate privacy cases. He works closely with each client to implement proactive and practical data protection programs tailored to their capabilities and resources. Sean is also a key member of the firms Artificial Intelligence Team, and he speaks to groups around the country about the future and implications of AI.

    Sean has often participated in prominent symposiums and spoken before prestigious institutions, presenting on a wide range of topics from insurance coverage, data security and cybersecurity litigation to government enforcement. He has been published in numerous well-known magazines and publications, ranging from For the Defense to Sports and Entertainment Beat. In addition, Sean is frequently mentioned by the press in articles relating to his professional experience, appearing in publications from Law360 to The American Lawyer.

    Sean clerked for the Honorable Judge Benson Everett Legg of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

  • Experience
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Insurance Coverage Law Center
      Member, Editorial Advisory Board

      Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
      Senior Director, Board of Directors
      Chair, Membership Development Committee
      Chair; Data, Breach, Privacy, and Cyber Insurance Section
      Vice-Chair, Commercial Litigation Section

      Defense Research Institute
      Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee Steering Committee
      Vice Chair, Data Privacy and Protection Working Group (2023 - present)

      International Association of Defense Counsel
      Vice Chair, Communications for the Cyber Security, Data Privacy, and Technology Committee

      Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Presented with the 2023 Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Diversity Award

    • Publications


      "The Data Privacy Implications of Biden’s Antitrust," published in Spiceworks (09/29/2021)

      "The PFAS and the Furious: Litigations Trends in the Fire Sciences," published in DRI's In-House Defense Quarterly (Fall 2021)

      "Legal cybersecurity challenges of NFTs and ‘smart contracts," published in Westlaw Today (07/28/2021)

      "Why selecting diverse law firms makes sense for insurers," published in PropertyCasualty360 (12/15/2020)

      "Political Cost of Data Leaks: Data Security in the Crosshairs," co-authored article published in Spiceworks (7/15/2020)

      "Thinking of a Master Plan: The Basics of Strategy in the Discovery Process," published in DRI's For the Defense (January 2020)

      "Lawyers Need to Pay Attention to Ethical Obligations Following a Data Breach," published in Legaltech News (08/09/2017)

      "The State of Data Breach Litigation and How to Avoid It," co-authored article published in ALM Law Journal Newsletters: Cybersecurity Law & Strategy Vol. 1, No. 2 (05/01/2017)

    • Presentations


      "Mentoring Diverse Attorneys: Developing Your Program From First Year to Partnership," webinar presented by the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) (5/9/2024)
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      "Moving Forward: The Present and Future of Autonomous Vehicle Regulation," webinar presented by the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) (5/8/2024)
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      "Artificial Intelligence & Claims," keynote speaker at the New York Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters’ (NYAIAI) Spring Seminar (5/2/2024)
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      "Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel’s (FDCC) 2024 Winter Meeting," Convention Chair for event hosted in St. Petersburg, FL (February 25 – February 28, 2024)

      "AI and Claims Handling," presented as part of the New England Claim Executives Association February 2024 Meeting (2/13/2024)
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      "ChatGPT & Digital Health: Will A Robot Take Your Desk Job?" presented as part of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel's (FDCC) “Corporate Counsel Symposium 2023” in Philadelphia, PA (10/24/2023)
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      "Investigation of Insurance Fraud and Good Faith Claims Handling," as part of the National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) Annual National Conference - "Empowering Excellence" in Columbus, Ohio (10/11/2023)
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      "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Insurance," as part of the 2023 General Counsel Connect hosted by the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) in Chicago, IL (8/29/2023)
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      "Data Privacy and Cybersecurity: What In House Counsel Should Know," presented as part of the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting (8/3/2023)

      "The Dark Side of Technology: Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Outside Counsel Perspective," as part of the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting (8/3/2023)

      "How to Effectively Communicate After a Cyber Attack When the Attack Hits Your Law Firm and/or Client Section: Data Breach," presented as part of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) 2023 Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO (7/25/2023)
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      "Objection! The Game, The Strategy, The Win, The Cost – Plan, Don’t Guess Your Way to Victory," presented as part of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) 2023 Annual Meeting in Waimea, Hawaii (July 9-14,2023)
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      "The Impact and Risks of Artificial Intelligence on the Future of Insurance," presented at the 2023 DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute (03/08/2023)

      "Anatomy of a Trial – Expert Witnesses," presented at the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel 2022 Annual Meeting on July 25-30, 2022 in Seattle, Washington (07/25/2022)

      "Don’t Be in the Dark: How Utility Companies Should Handle Ransomware and Other Cyber Incidents," presented at the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel 2022 Annual Meeting on July 25-30, 2022 in Seattle, Washington (07/25/2022)

      "Exposure of Canadian Companies to American Privacy Actions," presented as part of the Canadian Defence Lawyers Defending Privacy Infringement Claims in Canada Series (07/19/2022)

      "Next Level Lawyering: Is Analytic Strategy in Litigation Becoming a Key Skill for Lawyers and Their Clients?" panelist as part of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Winter Meeting in Palm Desert, California (03/07/2022)

      "Building Your Online Brand," panelist as part of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Winter Meeting in Palm Desert, California (03/07/2022)

      "What is Privileged? An Examination of the Erosion of the Attorney-Client and Work-Product Work Privileges," presented as part of DRI’s 2021 Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium (12/09/2021)

      "Ransomware," presented as part of California Clinical Laboratory Association’s 2021 Annual Conference in Long Beach, California (November 2-4, 2021)

      "Defending Privacy Claims in Canada – Part One," Canadian Defence Lawyers webinar (10/28/201)

      "Diversity and Inclusion," presented as part of the DRI IADC Virtual Insurance Roundtable (09/28/2021)

      "Litigation Trends & Outside Research," moderator as part of the DRI Fire Science and Litigation Seminar (09/10/2021)

      "How Lawyers Can Master & Use Twitter & Facebook," panelist for Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel discussion (06/24/2021)

      "Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack: The Lessons for Firms, Companies & The Law," Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel webinar (05/25/2021)

      "Data Privacy and GDPR: Where are We Headed?" presented as part of the FDCC 2021 Virtual Insurance Industry Institute (11/6/2020)

      "The Nuts and Bolts of Cybersecurity Litigation," presented as part of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence’s 2020 Virtual Symposium (10/15/2020)

      "Cyber Risk: Anticipating and Managing Business Interruption Risk," panelists as part of the 24th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute in Washington, DC (03/12/2020)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • May 2, 2024

        Sean Griffin Among the First to be Certified as an Artificial Intelligence Governance Professional

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      • November 28, 2023

        Sean Griffin Speaks with The Cyber Queens Live Podcast on Cybersecurity, Privacy and AI

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      • August 1, 2023

        Sean Griffin Presented with 2023 FDCC Diversity Award

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      R+C News Releases

      • July 20, 2023

        Robinson+Cole Welcomes Former DOJ Trial Attorney, Sean C. Griffin, as a Partner in its Growing Washington, DC Office

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