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Evan D. Wolff

Crowell & Moring LLP

Washington, DC, USA

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. 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.


  • 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, 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)


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  • Maryland

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