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Biography

Sean’s background as an entrepreneur and an academic allows him to bring a unique mix of practical and creative solutions to the clients he advises on litigation matters.  While Sean has taken numerous cases to trial in both state and federal court, his practice has a special emphasis on consumer class actions and patent litigation.  Sean’s most recent consumer class action experience includes representing multiple companies in the hemp industry.

Sean also has specific industry expertise in blockchain.  Sean advises companies on the legal implications of blockchain, based on insights from years of experience representing individual blockchains, cryptocurrency exchanges and companies building businesses with blockchain technology. He formerly served as chief operating officer and general counsel of a blockchain software development company and remains on the cutting-edge of distributed ledger technology through his industry connections. Sean also uses his former in-house legal experience to aid early stage technology start-ups with their unique legal issues.

Beyond blockchain, Sean represents companies in litigation matters in a broad range of industries, including energy, transportation, manufacturing, retail, and healthcare.  Before practicing law in Dallas, Sean earned his M.A. in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University and completed all the course work for a Ph.D. He taught Philosophy at various colleges before attending law school.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Defending Elixinol in a nationwide class action pending in the Northern District of California alleging violations of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act related to the company’s hemp-based products.

Defending hemp company in yet-to-be-filed Wisconsin state class action alleging violations of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act related to the company’s hemp-based products.

Defending hemp company in yet-to-be-filed California state class action alleging violations of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act related to the company’s hemp-based products.

Defended Koi CBD in a nationwide class action pending in the Central District of California alleging violations of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act related to the company’s hemp-based products.  Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed its class action complaint the day after Koi filed its motion to dismiss.

Defended ConsumerInfo.com in a proposed nationwide class action alleging violations of the Credit Repair Organizations Act. The case was resolved by a nationwide class action settlement following the denial of class certification.

After years of litigation, Experian Information Solutions, Inc. reached a mutually agreeable settlement in a privacy lawsuit in Miami federal court. The lawsuit alleged that the defendants, including Experian, violated the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), which regulates how personal information derived from motor vehicle records in state DMVs can and cannot be used.

Defended client ConsumerInfo.com in a proposed Illinois class action. Two plaintiffs filed a putative class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois seeking damages against Experian Information Solutions, Inc. and its subsidiary ConsumerInfo.com (CIC), based on allegations that defendants violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act by purportedly luring consumers into unwittingly enrolling in and paying for, CIC’s Credit Check credit monitoring service. The district court denied plaintiffs’ motion to certify a class of Illinois consumers who enrolled in the service and subsequently granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants against both plaintiffs. Also successfully opposed a December 2005 petition to the Seventh Circuit for interlocutory review of the class certification ruling.

Represented ConsumerInfo.com and defeated class certification in a proposed nationwide class action of approximately 14 million Internet consumers seeking in excess of $500 million for alleged violations of the Credit Repair Organizations Act.

Defended Experian in a proposed nationwide class action involving a legal issue of first impression: whether the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires credit reporting agencies to obtain and report credit information from credit grantors who do not choose to submit such credit information. Plaintiffs alleged that the failure to report such information hurt consumers’ credit scores. The South Carolina district court initially denied summary judgment and certified a smaller class comprised of Capital One account holders in the Fourth Circuit. Based upon a renewed Experian motion, however, the court reversed itself and granted summary judgment giving the client a complete victory.

Education

Law School

The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D., 2004, Texas Law Review

Graduate School

Bowling Green State University, M.A., Philosophy, 1996, summa cum laude

Undergraduate School

West Virginia University, B.A., Philosophy, 1994, magna cum laude

Bar Membership

Sean is licensed to practice in the following state:

Texas, 2004

Courts

Sean is admitted to practice before the following courts:

All Texas State Courts

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Major Publications

Sean is an author of the following publications:

Women In House Network, “Introduction to Blockchain,” February 20, 2019

Dallas Masters Conference, “Blockchain for Lawyers,” February 28, 2019

University of Texas School of Law Conference on Essential Cybersecurity Law, “Implementing Blockchain Solutions,” July 25, 2019