Biography

When advising companies in financial distress, effective restructuring counsel must thoughtfully examine the circumstances surrounding contentious matters and help their clients stake out the best path forward – whether that approach is hard-nosed litigation or, if possible, a more creative approach that avoids litigation in favor of an efficient, cost-conscious resolution. Sean is ready to offer, consider and pursue the various contentious, collaborative, and creative solutions to daunting challenges that may be available.

Faced with hundreds if not thousands of creditors, each asserting claims to a dwindling set of available resources, Sean’s debtor clients rely on him to reconcile the conflicting interests of all interested parties while advancing the broader goals of a chapter 11 reorganization process. Having also represented creditors, he understands the motivations of all parties to various disputes, and can be counted on to negotiate equitable yet workable solutions, while remaining mindful of the onerous costs and time pressures facing companies in chapter 11.

Especially in cases with an international component, where several jurisdictions can present several sets of contradictory rules, Sean is adept at finding common ground, even in the absence of reliable case law.

FOCUS:

  • Representing public and privately held companies, operating in a variety of industries, in out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 reorganizations
  • Representing lenders, international corporations and major creditor constituencies in contested and consensual financial restructurings, as well as litigation matters arising in the context of bankruptcy proceedings
     

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School  (J.D.)
  • Penn State University  (B.A.)
    • with Distinction

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware
  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Delaware State Bar Association