Sean focuses his practice on litigation, managing all aspects of matters from pre-litigation to final disposition.  He has experience in legal matters involving maritime law, financial services, mortgage banking and data privacy and security.  He has second-chaired multiple federal court jury trials and FINRA arbitrations, handled extensive motion practice in state and federal courts, and regularly represents clients in state courts, federal district courts and the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Sean also counsels clients on issues related to cybersecurity, including compliance with domestic and international data security regulations and industry best practices and has represented insureds in litigation involving cyber-risk coverage.

Sean has significant experience in issues related to the maritime industry.  In addition to representing clients in litigation, he has extensive experience counseling maritime clients in compliance with state and federal regulations, import requirements and cybersecurity.  He also has conducted onboard vessel investigations following maritime incidents. 

Sean previously served as an extern to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda, the Hon. Benjamin Odoki, and led an initiative to analyze and combat extrajudicial punishment in Kampala.  He drafted court opinions relating to treaty interpretation and development bank immunity, the constitutionality of government property leases, and legality of commercial arbitration settlements.  Sean also drafted legal memoranda discussing the role of foreign precedent on Ugandan law, the constitutionality of life imprisonment, and foreign investment in the country’s oil industry.

Before joining Shook, Sean was a litigation associate for Keesal, Young & Logan, and was a commercial litigation and arbitration clerk for the London office of Withers, LLP. 

 

Publications

“Untangling the Mystery of Cybersecurity Insurance,” Cybersecurity Law & Strategy, February 2017.