Sean B. Solis

Associate

Denver
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Overview

Sean Solis focuses his practice on the cutting-edge area of cybersecurity and data privacy litigation. He defends clients in data breach and other privacy-related class actions. He also represents companies in high-stakes investigations and government enforcement proceedings. Sean has extensive deposition, written discovery, and motion practice experience in both state and federal court. His experience spans a wide range of industries, including the healthcare, technology, and energy sectors.

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Sean worked at the Houston office of an international law firm, where he served in that firm’s business litigation and investigations group. Sean draws on this experience, as well as his experience in the courtroom and in government, to achieve creative and cost-effective solutions for his clients.

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  • Obtained, with prejudice, dismissal of a nationwide putative class action lawsuit filed in Nevada federal court against Envision Healthcare Corporation, which alleged claims stemming from a phishing attack on Envision’s systems. The decision clarified the pleading standard for damages in the data breach-context under Rule 12(b)(6). Additionally, prevailed on a motion to stay discovery pending the court’s ruling on the motion to dismiss. Pruchnicki v. Envision Healthcare Corp., 439 F.Supp.3d 1226 (D. Nev. 2020).
  • Represented a Fortune 10 company in a nationwide investigation of its opioid dispensing and distribution practices.
  • Served as lead defense counsel and obtained summary judgment for a major credit reporting agency in a case alleging violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.
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Experience

  • Obtained, with prejudice, dismissal of a nationwide putative class action lawsuit filed in Nevada federal court against Envision Healthcare Corporation, which alleged claims stemming from a phishing attack on Envision’s systems. The decision clarified the pleading standard for damages in the data breach-context under Rule 12(b)(6). Additionally, prevailed on a motion to stay discovery pending the court’s ruling on the motion to dismiss. Pruchnicki v. Envision Healthcare Corp., 439 F.Supp.3d 1226 (D. Nev. 2020).
  • Represented a Fortune 10 company in a nationwide investigation of its opioid dispensing and distribution practices.
  • Served as lead defense counsel and obtained summary judgment for a major credit reporting agency in a case alleging violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • Advised an information technology company in an SEC investigation involving financial reporting and disclosures related to cybersecurity and data privacy issues.
  • Represented the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of a convenience store chain investigating alleged breach of fiduciary duties in response to a shareholder demand.
  • Defended a home healthcare company and certain former officers in connection with a putative class action alleging, among other things, violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association

Pro Bono

  • Working as cooperating counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado in representing the family of a victim in a wrongful death suit against a private prison company.
  • Represented foreign children in the United States who had been abused, abandoned, or neglected in seeking lawful permanent residence.
  • Volunteered as a teacher for a program designed to introduce middle and high school students to the legal profession.

Prior Positions

  • Montgomery County District Attorney's Office: Law Clerk
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Policy and Regulatory Analyst
  • The Honorable Fred Biery, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas: Judicial Intern
  • The Honorable Lamar Smith, Chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee: Congressional Intern
  • The Honorable Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives: Campaign Aide

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Colorado
  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2016; Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law; Criminal Defense Clinic; Chicano/Hispanic Law Students' Association
  • B.A., Trinity University, 2013; Student Government Association; Model United Nations

Blog

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Data Counsel
Is the CCPA's Private Right of Action Provision Retroactive?
By Sean B. Solis
January 9, 2020
With the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) – the strictest privacy law in the nation – now in effect, an important question for businesses to consider is whether it applies to conduct that occurred prior to the law’s effective date of...
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