Senior U.S. Associate, Washington D.C.
Sean is a senior associate in Linklaters’ dispute resolution group. Sean focuses on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and advising on cross-border regulatory compliance. Sean regularly advises clients on a broad array of issues, including U.S. economic sanctions, anti-boycott laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, securities enforcement, and anti-money laundering laws. Sean also frequently advises clients on developing and implementing corporate compliance programs and in conducting pre-acquisition due diligence.
Sean has a solutions-driven approach, and has experience advising multinational clients across a wide range of industries, including financial sponsors, financial services, energy, mining, life sciences and healthcare.
- Leading U.S. private equity firm: advising on pre-acquisition U.S. economic sanctions violations and self-disclosure to OFAC by a target company.
- U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation: representing a subject.
- Worldwide embezzlement, fraud and money laundering investigation: advising a state-owned central bank as lead U.S. counsel.
- DOJ FCPA and multijurisdictional bribery investigation: defending a global publicly-traded company.
- Fortune 50 company: counseling on possible FCPA and AML exposure relating to an agent’s conduct, and revising corporate policies to improve the compliance function.
- Major foodservice and retail technologies company: assisting on compliance with international sanctions regimes, implementing sanctions and anti-corruption compliance policies, and directing pre-acquisition corruption and sanctions due diligence.
- Numerous DOJ FCPA and AML investigations: representing senior corporate executives.
Sean is committed to pro bono work and was recently recognized by the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice for his contribution to a pro bono project on international disclosure obligations for visa applicants. Sean has also recently represented multiple minors seeking asylum in the U.S. after fleeing violence in Central American, and he has assisted the American Jewish Committee in drafting and filing an amicus brief before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on behalf of the International Refugee Assistance Project.
Prior to joining Linklaters, Sean spent two years clerking for the Hon. Pamela Reeves on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Sean studied economics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.
- 2012: University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
- 2009: Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., High Honors
- "Leading by example", IFLR, February 26, 2019
- "Corporate Compliance Programs Take Center Stage in 2019 with New Guidance from the DOJ and OFAC", The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, September 25, 2019