Sean is the Chair of the firm’s largest practice group, Business Litigation. Sean is a trial lawyer and natural resources attorney with more than 15 years of experience advising and litigating on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and other businesses on a broad range of business disputes involving water rights, environmental permitting, partnership and shareholder interests, and real estate.
Sean has a strong track record of success in the courtroom (see Representative Cases, below) and in achieving advantageous settlements for his clients. Sean has significant trial experience in complex water rights litigation in state and federal court, and has been lead counsel in each trial to resolve contested water right claims in the Gila River General Stream Adjudication.
Sean's water practice involves water rights for mining, agricultural, and municipal uses, as well as disputes concerning federal reserved water right claims and subflow. Sean litigates issues arising under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and has successfully defended land ownership interests in navigability for title proceedings under the Equal Footing Doctrine.
Sean handles cases throughout the West, including Arizona, California, Colorado, and Nevada. He practices regularly at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts, as well as before a variety of administrative boards and commissions. Sean is an author on various natural resources topics, including implementation of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
When not in a court room, Sean is spending time with his wife and three children, rooting for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, or playing guitar with his band, RetroActive.
Commercial Contingency Litigation
Mining Law and Public Lands
Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental
Real Estate Litigation
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