Sean is a strategy advisor whose best work is conducted in the conference room. It is there that he meets with teams of lawyers, listens carefully to their case descriptions, collaborates on ideas, and ultimately, it is where he provides the teams with winning advice. No matter how dry, voluminous, or complex case facts may be, Sean is a master at uncovering the core case themes that spawn persuasive and compelling courtroom narratives.
Most recently, Sean served as assistant district attorney in the White Collar Crime Division of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. He also has been an attorney for law firms in Philadelphia and San Francisco. During his career, Sean has worked on civil and criminal cases throughout the country, and the stakes have ranged from $1 billion in damages to criminal convictions. His cases have involved a broad range of issues, including environmental torts, consumer protection, medical malpractice, and commercial matters, to name a few.
Along with serving as a consultant in the field of trial strategy, Sean is an academic who instructs and conducts research on communication strategy. For several summers now, he has been teaching at Golden Gate University School of Law’s Summer Trial and Evidence program. He also served as associate research scholar at Yale Law School in spring of 2019.
Sean is often called upon as a guest speaker. At Stanford Law School in 2015, he spoke to a class on Law and Visual Culture about visual communication strategy. At the 2016 California District Attorneys Association Conference, he spoke on the topic of emerging technologies and consumer protection. Most recently, Sean was a speaker at GGU School of Law’s 2019 fall seminar series, where he addressed trial presentations and technology in the courtroom.
Throughout his legal career, Sean has been well awarded. He was the recipient of the California District Attorneys Association Appellate Advocacy Award in 2015. He was named California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in 2013. Also that year, Sean was a finalist for the Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.
Sean received his JD from Rutgers School of Law in New Jersey and his BA from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. While he does not presently practice law, he is admitted to the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California bars.
When he is not working, Sean is often spotted on the playground with his young family. He loves running and hiking California’s coastal trails. Sean is also likely to be found behind rows of books at his local bookstore. He goes there often to his satisfy his cravings for new mysteries and thrillers.
“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.”
—John le Carré