Portrait of

Government Experience

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security—Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection
  • U.S. Department of Defense—Panel Member, Defense Science Board
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission—Senior Geologist


  • University of Maryland, College Park, B.S. geology and education (1994) with honors
  • Northern Arizona University, M.S. geology (1997)
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D. (2000)
  • Duquesne University School of Law, environmental law certificate and Chinese law certificate (2000)


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

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Evan Wolff - Cybersecurity

Is Your Company Prepared for a Cyber-Incident?
May 2015: In a three-part video series, Evan discusses the trends he's seeing in cybersecurity, how companies should prepare for cybersecurity breaches or incidents, and what companies should do when a cyber-incident or breach occurs. Click here to watch and access a transcript.
Evan D. Wolff, Partner Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2615
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Evan D. Wolff is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office where he helps lead the Privacy & Cybersecurity practice. His practice focuses on homeland security, privacy, and data security including chemical security regulatory compliance, SAFETY Act, corporate internal investigations, corporate compliance and governance, congressional investigations, cyber security, and environmental audits. He has significant experience in the area of infrastructure protection and a broad background in the areas of homeland security, environmental regulation and compliance, and national security. Evan also advises companies on computer network security, general security issues, investigation coordination after intrusions, data breaches, and insurance related issues.

Prior to entering private practice, Evan served as an advisor to the senior leadership at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other U.S. government agencies and was involved in the development of DHS. Previously, he held the position of principal homeland security policy analyst/project manager to The MITRE Corporation. Evan has also served as general counsel and senior geospatial analyst for lsciences LLC; vice president and principal of Environmental Protection International; and senior geologist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Adding to his credentials, Evan also serves on the Sandia National Lab External Advisory Board, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Security Task Force, as a panel member on the Defense Science Board at the Department of Defense, senior adviser at the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council. Evan is very involved with the ABA and is currently the co-chair of the ABA Homeland Security Law Institute, senior adviser to the ABA committee on law and national Security. In 2011, Evan was invited to serve as a member of the Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Group. Evan also serves as a senior associate (Non-Resident), Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).

In 2014, Evan co-authored an ABA Section of Criminal Justice article titled, "Industry Collaborations on Cybersecurity: Protecting Against Antitrust Violations," which was selected as one of the "Best Articles" for the Business category, Anticompetitive Practice section at the 2015 Antitrust Writing Awards in Washington, D.C.

Evan's experiences as a scientist, lawyer, and program manager help bring credibility and foundation to these important areas. He is one of the few legal practitioners in Washington that has real, hands-on practical experience in the policies, programs, rules, and regulations that govern them.

Evan is an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law and a global fellow with the Wilson Center. In addition to his role at Crowell & Moring, Evan is also a managing director at The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm based in Washington, D.C.

Relevant Experience

  • Advised numerous chemical and manufacturing companies on chemical security regulation compliance, including compliance with the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). 
  • Advised a broad base of companies in the areas of infrastructure protection, science and technology, and public policy in the national security area, and the SAFETY Act. 
  • Advised and counseled energy companies on NERC compliance issues, with a particular focus on Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards. 
  • Represented a manufacturing company regarding Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) assessment of an industrial accident. 
  • Advised Fortune 100 corporation on compliance with security-related provisions including CFATS, the Maritime Transportation Security Act, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulations. 
  • Advised multiple companies on security and safety regulation issues associated with construction and management of critical infrastructure including pipeline and energy. 
  • Developed environmental management systems in energy and chemical industries, focusing on various environmental statutes and multilateral environmental agreements. 
  • Significant project management and work experience in India, China, Nigeria, the European Union and the Middle East. 
  • Advised U.S. government and private corporations on trade and business transactions regarding domestic, foreign and international laws and treaties in the areas of environmental law and policy, and international trade. 
  • Advised Fortune 500 defense contractor on legal issues associated with participation in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and Electronic Communications Privacy Act related activities on behalf of U.S. government agency. 


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland

Awards & Recognition

  • Named "Homeland Security Professional to Watch," The Year in Homeland Security, 2009


  • Global Fellow, Digital Futures Project, The Wilson Center, 2016-2018
  • Advisory Board Member and Panelist, 2013 National Cyber Education Symposium
  • Member, American and Maryland Bar Associations
  • Member, National Security Task Force, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2007-present
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Homeland Security and Defense Business Council, 2008-present
  • Member, Advisory Board, Energy, Climate & Infrastructure Security, Sandia National Labs, 2010-present
  • Member, American Bar Association Working Group on Cybersecurity Law
  • Member, Advisory Board, Homeland Security and Defense Mission Area, Sandia National Labs, 2008-2012
  • Deputy Director, Aspen Homeland Security Group, 2011-present
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Homeland Security Presidential Transition Initiative, Center for American Progress, 2008

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Regulating Information: Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, & Exploding Rules," OOPS 2016, Crowell & Moring's 32nd Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar, Washington, D.C. (May 25-26, 2016). Moderator: David Z. Bodenheimer. Panelists: Evan D. Wolff and Kate M. Growley.
  • "What Higher Education Institutions Need to Know," Webinar (March 3, 2016).
  • "Data Breaches, Risk Management, and Incident Response Plans," Department of Energy's Cyber Distinguished Speaker Series, Washington, D.C. (February 16, 2016). Presenter: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Cyber Risk Governance: Top of House Issue for C Suite? Why? How is it being managed?" and "Pre-incident or breach: How do you prepare?" 2016 WPO Business Track Series - What Every CEO Should Know About Cybersecurity, McLean, VA (February 11, 2016). Presenter: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "What Will the New Year Bring," Crowell & Moring Webinar, Washington, D.C. (January 14, 2016). Presenters: Crowell & Moring Government Contracts Group.
  • "Managing Cyber Risk and the Role of Insurance," Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Washington, D.C. (September 10, 2015). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Industry Challenges with Insider Risk and Third-Party Vendors," CERT Insider Threat Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA (June 23, 2015). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Cybersecurity Risk Management: The View from Washington and Beyond," OOPS 2015, Crowell & Moring's 31st Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar, Washington, D.C. (May 5-6, 2015). Moderator: Peter B. Miller; Panelists: Evan D. Wolff, Maida Oringher Lerner, and Kate M. Growley.
  • "Cybersecurity - Greater Challenges Ahead," The Energy Bar Association 14th Annual Western Chapter Meeting, San Francisco, CA (March 6, 2015). Presenter: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Careers in Cyberlaw," Cyberlaw Student Association (CYLSA), George Washington University Law School (February 10, 2015). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "From Sony to the SOTU – Cybersecurity in 2015," Noblis Technology Tuesdays Program, Falls Church, VA (February 10, 2015). Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "What Will the New Year Bring: Cybersecurity and Privacy," Crowell & Moring Webinar (January 7, 2015). Presenter: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Got Chemicals? The State of Play on Chemical Security Regulations," Crowell & Moring Webinar (December 17, 2014). Presenters: Warren Lehrenbaum, Daniel W. Wolff, and Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Cyber/Information Security," Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress, The Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School, Washington, D.C. (December 4, 2014). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Securing Your Pipeline Network - Practical Considerations and Security Recommendations," North American Pipeline Congress, Chicago, IL (November 19-20, 2014). Presenter: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Electric Utility Industry Outlook," The American Public Power Association (APPA) 2014 Grid Security Summit, Washington, D.C. (November 12, 2014). Presenter: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "The Future of Public-Private Partnerships, Technology Coordination and Response: Views From Government, Industry and Academia," AFCEA International and INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit," Washington, D.C. (September 18-19, 2014). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Role of the General Counsel in Cyber Security," DRI Data Breach and Privacy Law Seminar, Chicago, IL (September 11-12, 2014). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Infrastructure Protection Regulations: Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)," American Bar Association 9th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute, Washington, D.C. (August 21-22, 2014). Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Cybersecurity Issues For General Counsels," Thirty-Seventh Annual American Gas Association (AGA) Legal Forum, Park City, UT (July 13-15, 2014). Presenter: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Retail Privacy and Cybersecurity Seminar: How to Avoid Making the Headlines," Crowell & Moring Seminar (May 15, 2014). Presenters: Robin B. Campbell, Christopher A. Cole, Jeffrey L. Poston, and Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Cyber Crisis Management: Are You Prepared?" OOPS 2014, Crowell & Moring's 30th Annual Ounce of Prevention Seminar, Washington, D.C. (May 13-14, 2014). Moderator: Evan D. Wolff; Presenters: David Z. Bodenheimer, Kelly T. Currie, and Kate M. Growley.
  • "Higher Risk in Higher Education: How to Lower Your Cyber and Data Risk," AllClear ID and Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 22, 2014). Presenters: Jeffrey L. Poston, Evan D. Wolff, and Louisa K. Marion.
  • "What Your Corporate Advisor Should Be Telling You About Trending Regulatory Issues Facing Technology Companies," iACC SFBA, San Francisco, CA (April 10, 2014). Presenters: Nancy Saracino, Terry Rea, Gregory D. Call, and Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Cyber Crisis Management," West Coast Ounce of Prevention Seminar (WOOPS), Manhattan Beach, CA (April 8, 2014). Presenters: Jennifer S. Romano, Evan Wolff.
  • "The NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Getting from Point A to Point B using NIST's Roadmap for Managing Cyber Risks," ABA Section of Science & Technology Law Panel Discussion (March 10, 2014). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "What Will the New Year Bring: Cybersecurity and Privacy," Crowell & Moring Webinar (January 9, 2014). Presenters: David Z. Bodenheimer and Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Cultivating a Globally Competitive Cybersecurity Workforce," Cyber Education Symposium, Arlington, VA (November 20, 2013). Presenter: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "The Cybersecurity Executive Order and NIST Framework: Status and Potential Implications on Critical Infrastructure and Beyond," American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law Information Security Committee 2013 Fall ISC Meeting and Presentation, Washington, D.C. (October 26-27, 2013). Presenter: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Cyber and Information Security: Internal and Outsourcing Implications," The Virginia Bar Association's 15th Annual Corporate Counsel Fall Forum, Richmond, VA (October 16, 2013). Presenter: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "8th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute," ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice (June 20-21, 2013). Program Vice-Chair: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Cyber Security: Can a Real Partnership Exist between Government and the Private Sector?" Council of Corporate Security Executives, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (May 8, 2013). Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Active Cyber Defenses: Defining Private and Public Sector Roles," IT Security Entrepreneurs' Forum, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (March 20, 2013). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "The Cybersecurity Executive Order: Understanding Its Impact on Your Business" (February 20, 2013). Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Applying Innovation to Advanced Threat Detection," Accenture Technology Labs, Arlington, VA (October 23, 2012). Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Cyber Defense & Security," ISPCS 2012, Las Cruces, NM (October 17-18, 2012). Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "CBRNE Technological Capabilities Panel: Integrated CBRNE Detection and Response: Challenges and Opportunities," Center for Strategic and International Studies (September 20, 2012). Moderator: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Roles of Cyber in National Defense Panel III: Coordinating Military Operations with Industry Legal Challenges Faced by Various Agencies and the Private Sector," USCYBERCOM Inter-Agency Legal Conference, Ft. Meade, MD (September 18, 2012). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "2012 Department of Homeland Security, Small Business Innovation Research, Commercialization Assistance Workshop," Arlington, VA (June 20, 2012). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "The Invisible Threat: Exploring the Importance of Cybersecurity Policy," National Security Network and Center for National Policy briefing on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. (April 4, 2012). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "2012 American Bar Association 7th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute," Washington, D.C. (March 22-23, 2012). Faculty: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "DHS Acquisition Management - A Vision for the Future," Washington, D.C. (March 8, 2012). Moderator: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Discussion on International Role of the Department of Homeland Security," Aspen Homeland Security Group, Winter Meeting, Washington, D.C. (January 17, 2012). Participant: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "2011 API IT Security Conference for the Oil and Gas Industry," Houston, TX (November 2-3, 2011). Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "The Virtual Security Officer – Are You Getting the Most From Your Cameras and Guards?" ASIS International 57th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, Orlando, FL (September 21, 2011). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS): Beyond the SSP," ASIS International 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, Dallas, TX (November 14, 2010). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "How Can Industry Help DoD and DHS Develop and Deploy New Technologies?" The National Symposium on Homeland Security and Defense, Colorado Springs, CO (October 28, 2010). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Serving the Information Technology Customer," Toffler Associates' Breakfast, Washington, D.C. (July 14, 2010). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Chemical and Water Security: An Update," Security Industry Association's Government Summit 2010 (June 8, 2010). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Opportunities in Securing Energy Infrastructure Assets in India," Security of Energy & Critical Infrastructure Assets, Arlington, VA (April 28, 2010). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Cybersecurity and National Security: Impact on Business" (April 28, 2010). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Preparing for CFATS Inspections," National Petrochemical and Refiners Association's (NPRA) 2010 Security Workshop & Conference (March 8, 2010). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Protecting Critical Infrastructure in the U.S.: A View of the Transportation Sector," International Security and National Resilience 2010 Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE (March 2, 2010). Keynote Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "The Christmas Day Attack: Continuing Challenges and Lessons Learned" (February 25, 2010). Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "The Role of Public and Private Sectors in Building a Framework for Dealing with Disasters, Interdependencies and Resilient Critical Infrastructure," Society of American Military Engineers, Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, Colorado Springs, CO (February 16, 2010). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Resilient Infrastructures & The Importance of Critical Infrastructure Protection," The Homeland Security Dialogue Forum, Washington, D.C. (December 4, 2009). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Climate Change and National Security" (December 1, 2009). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Chemical Security Inspections," Second Annual NJ CFATS Workshop, Middlesex, NJ (November 10, 2009). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Critical Infrastructure Resiliency," National Homeland Defense Foundation Symposium, Colorado Springs, CO (November 9, 2009). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Town Hall: Critical Infrastructure Resiliency," 2009 Critical Infrastructure Protection Congress, Landsdowne, VA (October 5, 2009). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "CFATS: Updates and Overview," ASIS International Seminar, Anaheim, CA (September 29, 2009). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Cloud Computing: Are the Security Risks Real or Exaggerated?" (September 24, 2009). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "What Manufacturers Need to Know About Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) and How to Prepare," Industry Week Magazine Webinar (September 1, 2009). Presenter: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "The Smart Grid: Meeting the Challenge of Modernizing Electric Systems While Protecting Their Security" (August 7, 2009). Presenter: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Cybersecurity Issues Involving Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources" (June 25, 2009). Presenter: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Prioritize to Win: Critical Infrastructure Protection," Symantec Government Symposium 2009, Washington, D.C. (June 19, 2009). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Homeland Security Overview and Perspective Ministry of Interior, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," Riyadh, KSA (June 8, 2009). Keynote Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "A Regional Cluster for Homeland Security: The DHS Consolidation at St. Elizabeth's, Chesapeake Crescent Initiative," Washington, D.C. (April 8, 2009). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "The New U.S. Legislative & Regulatory Environment: What Impact Will it Have on Corporate Security," ASIS International Chief Security Officer Roundtable, Washington, D.C. (March 30, 2009). Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Chemical Security Briefing," Critical Manufacturing Sector Coordinating Council, Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2009). Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Writing with Legal Sensitivity," National Petrochemical & Refiners Association Security Conference, Houston, TX (March 10, 2009). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Issues in the Headlines: Chemical Security (CFATS) Compliance; Cyber Security Data Breaches, U.S. Chamber of Commerce," National Security Task Force Meeting, Orlando, FL (March 1, 2009). Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Homeland Security & Information Sharing: State, Local & Private Sector Perspective," ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 4th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute, Washington, D.C. (February 26, 2009). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Defending Against Domestic Catastrophe in War Time Panel," Report of the Defense Science Board 2007 Summer Study: Challenges to Military Operations in Support of U.S. Interests (December 2008). Panel Member: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Insider's Guide to the DHS Chemical Facility Anti-terrorism Standards (CFATS)," ASIS International 54th Annual Seminar, Atlanta, GA (September 15, 2008). Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Meeting the Requirements for the DHS Security Vulnerability Assessment & Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information Programs," NPRA Workshop, Houston, TX (May 1, 2008). Instructor: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Chemical Security: Understanding the New Regulations & Implementing a Program," Environment Virginia 2008, Lexington, VA (April 1, 2008). Workshop Leader: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Infrastructure Protection-DHS and the Private Sector," Northrop Grumman Homeland Security Staff Meeting, Woodland Hills, CA (March 26, 2008). Keynote Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "CFATS-CVI; Information Protection," 2008 National Petrochemical and Refiners Association Security Conference, The Woodlands, TX (March 4, 2008). Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "Protecting Critical Infrastructure and New DHS Regulatory Authority - Securing the U.S. Chemical Industry and SAFETY Act," CADSI – Canada-U.S. Homeland Defense/Homeland Security Procurement Outlook, Ottawa, Canada (January 30, 2008). Keynote Speaker: Evan D. Wolff.
  • "State & Local Emergency Preparedness - National Response Framework: Will We Be Prepared the Next Time?" ABA Homeland Security Law Institute, Washington, D.C. (January 17, 2008). Panelist: Evan D. Wolff.


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