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Sean Fernandes is a member of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security and Litigation practice groups.  In both practices, he counsels clients on compliance and works to resolve lawsuits when they arise. 

In his Privacy & Data Security practice, Sean has advised clients on compliance with state and federal privacy, consumer protection and breach notification laws, including HIPAA, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and state identity theft laws.  He is also an active member of the Privacy and Data Security Committee of the ABA’s Litigation Section. 

In his Litigation practice, Sean handles complex cases in state and federal courts, representing clients in matters ranging from contract disputes to class actions.  Sean also advises clients on compliance with consumer product, labor and employment, and insurance regulations.  Sean also counsels higher education institutions on matters ranging from Title IX compliance to student employment regulations.

Sean earned his law degree from the University of Chicago law school, where he was a Victor McQuistion Scholar.  He earned his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he graduated with honors and distinction.  Prior to law school, Sean worked in Student Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill as a Community Manager.

Sean is from Asheville and lives in Raleigh with his wife.  In his free time, he enjoys running on the American Tobacco Trail and the Raleigh Greenways.  In the summer, he can also be found surfing on North Carolina beaches.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section, Privacy and Data Security Committee
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Education Law Section
    • Young Lawyers Division


  • North Carolina, 2016
  • United States District Courts 
    • Eastern District of North Carolina, 2016
    • Middle District of North Carolina, 2016
    • Western District of North Carolina, 2016
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • Fourth Circuit