Sean is an Executive Vice President with Compass Lexecon and works in high-stakes litigation in antitrust and competition, intellectual property, consumer fraud and product liability, and other complex commercial disputes. Prior to joining Compass Lexecon, he headed Cornerstone Research’s national intellectual property practice and developed that practice. He has broad subject matter expertise in applied economics, pricing, damages, survey methodology, and market research methods.
His antitrust experience covers analysis of class certification and merits in monopolization, price-fixing, and exclusive-dealing claims matters and in cases involving brand-generic settlements, and allegations of sham litigation. As a consultant, Sean has particular expertise in online advertising, social media, and privacy. He has worked on several large matters that stand at the interface between marketing, high technology, and the law. He also consults on competition issues arising from the assertion of standard-essential patents (SEPs) and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) commitments and terms.
In intellectual property, Sean has worked on many of the most-watched disputes involving the world’s leading technology companies. His experience includes dozens of patent and other intellectual property cases in U.S. federal courts, matters before the American Arbitration Association, in the International Trade Commission (ITC), and international venues. In life sciences, his work includes numerous patent damages matters involving pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices. He is experienced in ANDA and BPCIA matters. His work includes several trade secrets misappropriation and Lanham Act matters. He has analyzed business-to-business (b2b) marketing, vendor practices, hiring and employee mobility issues, and intellectual property-ownership agreements for joint ventures. His copyright experience includes rate-setting proceedings at the Copyright Royalty Board. He has also worked on several trademark and trade dress cases that involved branding, confusion, and harm-to-brand issues.
Sean has extensive experience in consumer fraud, product liability litigation, and FTC deceptive advertising matters. His work in these areas includes class certification defense, theories of liability and damages analysis. He has also analyzed marketing and consumer behavior aspects of what the “reasonable consumer” would expect and market studies to assess reliance and materiality.
Sean is a Vice Chair in the ABA’s Antitrust Division IV Specialized IP Section Antitrust / Interface Committee.