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