Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • US District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • US District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, JD, 2002
  • University of Notre Dame, BA, 1999

Sean is a partner in the Philadelphia office whose experience spans a broad range of complex commercial insurance coverage matters. He has frequently served as lead counsel representing commercial insurers in litigation involving directors and officer’s liability insurance, fiduciary liability insurance, commercial general and professional liability insurance, employment practices liability insurance, errors and omissions policies, and various types of excess liability insurance. He routinely evaluates coverage and advises third-party primary and excess liability insurers in coverage litigation frequently involving disputes between multiple insurers and coverage towers. Sean also often advises life insurers with respect to life insurance policies and litigates disputes over life insurance claims.

He has extensive and successful trial and litigation experience in state and federal courts, as well as in numerous private arbitrations involving complex commercial insurance coverage, financial lines insurance, life insurance, reinsurance, business torts and commercial contract disputes. He has achieved significant victories as lead counsel representing insurers in jury and federal bench trials, in many private arbitrations, and as an appellate advocate.

Sean has also successfully litigated numerous commercial contract disputes. Commercial insurers have frequently called upon him to oversee and litigate disputes involving the collection of premiums, managing general agents, retail agents, insurance producers, and third-party claims administrators.

Clients often seek Sean’s advice and counseling with respect to insurance coverage and commercial matters outside of the litigation context, including most recently the potential effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic on employment and insurance coverage issues.  He has frequently negotiated favorable resolutions for insurers and other clients involved in disputes with third parties that have avoided costly and protracted litigation.

Sean regularly publishes articles and delivers presentations to clients and general audiences about many important and current insurance coverage issues. He has been published in The Legal Intelligencer and has also spoken at CLE events on many diverse insurance industry topics.

Sean is also an active volunteer in his local church and in the local Swarthmore, Pennsylvania community, where he serves on the board of the Swarthmore Recreation Association, coaches several youth sports teams, and works with other members to organize charitable fund-raising events.

Market recognition

  • Recognized as a Pennsylvania “Rising Star”
    Insurance Coverage and Business Litigation 2007-2020

Publications and presentations

  • Co- Author, "Delaware Supreme Court expands the application of Delaware law in D&O coverage disputes," published for Kennedys (March 2021)
  • “Game of Drones: Liability and Insurance Coverage Issues Coming,” published for The Legal Intelligencer (August 2016)
  • "Liability Coverage for Claims of Publishing Secret Data Does Not Require Access by Others," Client Alert (April 2016)
  • "Pennsylvania Supreme Court Adopts New Rule in Breach-of-the-Consent-to-Settle-Clause Cases," Client Alert (August 2015)

Work highlights

  • Successfully argued appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to affirm District Court judgment concluding that global commercial liability insurer client had no defense or indemnity liability for underlying fiduciary liability class action.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of commercial liability insurer in Pennsylvania federal court concluding that lower, $100,000 policy limit for reimbursement of defense costs only, without any indemnity coverage, applied instead of higher, $1 million indemnity limit with unlimited defense cost reimbursement and further obtained judgment against insured for reimbursement of defense costs.
  • Obtained a six-figure award from a three-member private arbitration panel for a large commercial insurer in a dispute against an insurance producer over failure to remit commercial liability insurance premiums.
  • Successfully tried action in Kentucky for unpaid commercial liability insurance premiums to a six-figure jury verdict representing plaintiff insurer and nearly quadrupled damages award after successful appeal.
  • Successfully defended a commercial liability insurer in a federal bench trial against claims that a premium refund was due as a result of alleged mid-term cancellation of liability insurance and achieved ruling of no liability for insurer.
  • Secured arbitration award from a three-member AAA arbitration panel in favor of a professional liability insurer finding that insurer had no duty to defend/indemnify attorney in an underlying professional liability action.
  • Achieved a favorable settlement in a $20 million reinsurance dispute representing a London-based reinsurer sued by a liability insurer over hundreds of unpaid claims.