Sean represents clients in high-risk and high-value disputes across practice areas.
His strategic thinking, outstanding courtroom advocacy, and grit receive consistent and extraordinary recognition, which summarizes what he brings to the table. In 2019, Chambers USA reported that clients describe Sean as "a brilliant litigator and masterful strategist," and that he is "very effective and personable in court." In 2018, Chambers USA reported that clients consider Sean "a very compelling strategic thinker" as well as "very responsive, knowledgeable, practical and insightful," further commenting that "his courtroom presence is polished and he also projects a genuineness and humility that allow him to connect effectively with people." In 2017, Chambers USA noted client commentary that Sean "is efficient and practical, I have absolute confidence in his advice." In 2016, Chambers USA described Sean as "a very effective advocate and a brilliant strategist," while the 2015 edition noted that he is a "respected commercial litigator with particular expertise in disputes affecting clients in the energy and financial services industries," and reported that Sean is "recommended by clients for his 'immediate laser focus on the issue and his ability to quickly and confidently formulate a strategy.'" In 2014, Chambers USA highlighted another client's outstanding experience: "[Sean] achieved results in trial beyond my highest expectations—I was really impressed with his toughness as a trial lawyer. He's also a skilled strategist in litigation—you don't always get that combination together."
Sean’s practice largely focuses on four core areas of commercial disputes: contracts, business torts, antitrust, and intellectual property. He has also been retained by clients for seemingly intractable disputes in other areas, including adversary proceedings in bankruptcy cases, mass torts, litigation arising under the U.S. Constitution, and follow-on litigation related to criminal prosecutions.
He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in the energy, financial services, chemical, petrochemical, steel, communications, oil field services, medical products, software, government, accounting, construction, real estate, and manufacturing sectors.
Publications and Speeches
"Ethical Hazards That Confront Corporate Counsel," UT Corporate Counsel Institute with Kristi McCarthy, General Counsel and Vice President Land, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, May 16, 2019
"Ethical Hazards That Confront Corporate Counsel," Consero Corporate Litigation Executive Roundtable with Melina Chaparro, Associate General Counsel U.S., Elementia USA, March 21, 2019
“US Gulf Coast Midstream Infrastructure and Export Capacity Update,” Platts 8th Annual NGLs Conference, September 11, 2018.
“Ethical Hazards That Confront In-House Counsel,” UT Corporate Counsel Institute with Lennox International Deputy General Counsel, May 18, 2018.
“Ethical Hazards That Confront Corporate Counsel,” Association of Corporate Counsel with Huntsman Corporation General Counsel, The Woodlands, Texas, April 17, 2018.
“Ethical Hazards That Confront Corporate Counsel,” Association of Corporate Counsel with BMC Corporation Senior Litigation Counsel, Houston, April 11, 2018.
“Ethics In 21st-Century Litigation,” Consero – Corporate Litigation Executive Roundtable, Houston, March 22, 2018.
“What Keeps Boards Up At Night,” UT Corporate Counsel Institute, May 11, 2017.
“What Keeps Boards Up At Night,” Corporate Compliance Insights, November 28, 2016.
“What Keeps Your Board Up at Night: 2016 Edition,” Association of Corporate Counsel Houston Chapter Meeting with Dynegy, Inc. General Counsel and Rowan, Inc. Deputy General Counsel, July 12, 2016.
"Trust Me, I Have Records," Houston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, January 12, 2016.
"Combating Fraud at Home and Abroad," Oil & Gas Monitor, December 23, 2015.