About Sean

For multiple consecutive years, Sean has been named to the Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for intellectual property. Each year no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state receive the Rising Stars honor. The rigorous selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and reviews, client testimonials, and professional evaluations. 

As a trial lawyer and counselor, Sean helps businesses protect their intellectual property and resolve labor and employment disputes. Sean focuses his practice on:

Intellectual Property

  • Prosecuting and defending trademark, copyright, and patent infringement lawsuits;
  • Registering and maintaining trademarks and service marks; and
  • Helping architects, designers, builders, and developers protect their ideas and designs.

Labor & Employment

  • Educating HR professionals and business leaders to make sound, practical, and compliant business decisions;
  • Defending businesses in all forms of labor and employment disputes; and
  • Counseling clients and his community about important labor and employment law developments.

Sean is admitted and tries and appeals cases in all Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan state and federal courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Sean also helps resolve administrative charges before agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board.

In 2019, Sean was elected to the LaPorte County Council. Sean also serves on the board of Lakeshore SHRM, which is the local chapter of the International Society for Human Resource Management. Sean is a member of the Robert A. Grant Inn of Court and St. Joseph and LaPorte County Bar Associations. He has served on the boards of the LaPorte County Public Library and LaPorte Hospital Foundation.

Experience

In previous cases, Sean has:

  • Represented a prominent home design company in dozens of copyright, DMCA, and contract suits across the United States.
  • Successfully litigated and tried a trademark lawsuit for a musical instrument distributor against a large national competitor. The federal jury found infringement and returned a verdict for the firm’s client.
  • Prosecuted copyright infringement and DMCA claims for an artist whose designs were alleged to be unlawfully copied by companies in the marine industry.
  • Prosecuted trade dress and trade secret claims for an RV designer and manufacturer against a start-up competitor.
  • Successfully prosecuted copyright infringement claims around the country for a well-known biologist and wildlife artist whose artistic renderings of various animal species had been misappropriated by dozens of businesses and individuals.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 medical device company in patent infringement, breach of contract, and trade secrets litigation.
  • Obtained emergency injunctive relief for an industrial services client allowing it to complete the sale of its assets following an evidentiary hearing.
  • Registered and maintained hundreds of copyrights, trademarks, and patents for clients in the United States, China, the EU, Japan, and Korea.
  • Frequently advised clients about intellectual property licensing.
  • Represented Lake Michigan lakefront landowners in property and easement disputes.
  • Advised dozens of businesses about the implications of the CARES Act and other COVID-19 economic relief legislation.
  • Defended a multinational auto manufacturer located in Michiana against several EEOC charges and employment lawsuits.
  • Obtained emergency injunctive relief for a large regional bank against a commercial and residential developer and a modular construction company following a two-day evidentiary hearing.
  • Defended a Fortune 500 medical device company in hundreds of product defect lawsuits across the country.
  • Advised non-profit organizations and multi-state businesses about differing sick-leave laws and health benefits for same-sex spouses.
  • Defended claims against a nephrologist for alleged violations of non-compete and non-solicitation provisions in an employment contract.
  • Defended a regional hotel chain against property claims filed by subcontractors.
  • Defended a commercial warehouse landowner against property claims filed by a railroad construction subcontractor.
  • Represented local governmental entities and county governments in personal injury, medical malpractice, and employment-related lawsuits.
  • Conducted investigations into claims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment for governmental entities, private businesses, and non-profit organizations.
  • Represented a regional accounting firm in a contract dispute with former shareholders.

Education

  • University of Akron School of Law, J.D., Intellectual Property Law Program
  • DePaul University Educational Administration, M.Ed.
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A.

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit