For more than 30 years, Sean has counseled clients on strategic alternatives in distressed business settings. Sean’s national debtor practice involves advising companies and their boards of directors in business restructurings of all kinds, from out-of-court solutions to chapter 11 reorganizations. His experience in distressed business situations includes recapitalizations, refinancings, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial litigation. Sean also represents creditors’ committees, acquirers of distressed entities, special restructuring committees of debtor companies, and officers and directors facing fiduciary litigation claims.

Sean earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1993. He received a B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Miami in 1990.

Representative Cases & Matters

Representative Debtor/Restructuring Engagements
  • AmeriMark Interactive, LLC (Delaware) – Catalog retailer.
  • Careismatic Brands, Inc. (Houston, TX) – Wholesale and direct to consumer seller of scrubs and other medical clothing.
  • USA Millwork Holdings (Denver, CO) – National architectural millwork contractor.
  • Data Cooling Technologies, LLC (Akron, OH) – Producer and manufacturer of data center cooling systems.
  • Coshocton County Memorial Hospital (Akron, OH) – Community hospital located in Central Ohio.
  • Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical Corp. (Pittsburgh, PA) – Metals producer.
  • The Antioch Company (Minneapolis, MN) – Leading memory preservation and scrapbooking company.
  • South Franklin Circle (Cleveland, OH) – Large continuing care retirement community with independent and assisted living plans.
  • Forum Health (Youngstown, OH) – Regional multi-hospital health system with over $600 million revenue.

Representative Creditor’s Committee Engagements

  • Keywell LLC (Chicago, IL) – Leading supplier of recycled titanium, high temperature alloys, and stainless steel.
  • Country Stone Holdings (Peoria, IL) – Supplier to home improvement retailers.
  • AFA Foods (Wilmington, DE) – Beef processing company with approximately $1 billion revenue.
  • North Oakland Medical Center (Detroit, MI) – Regional hospital located in Pontiac, Michigan.
  • St. Mary of the Woods (Cleveland, OH) – Continuing care retirement community with independent and assisted living plans and a skilled nursing unit.
  • Huffy Corporation (Dayton, OH) – Leading producer of bicycles and related products.

Representative Liquidating Trust and Plan Administrator Engagements

  • GCM Liquidating Trust (Chicago, IL) – Liquidating trust engagement arising from restructuring plan and involving claims and tax matters. 
  • Ideal Electric Company (Canton, OH) – Plan administration and creditor advisory board engagement involving material insider litigation and commercial litigation.
  • James River Coal Company Trust (Nashville, TN) – Liquidating trust engagement arising from Committee role involving lobbying/government regulations, insider litigation, and preferences.
  • Infotelecom LLC (Cleveland, OH) – Liquidating trust engagement involving preferences and claims administration.
  • Huffy Corporation Liquidating Trust (Dayton, OH) – Liquidating trust engagement involving disposition of assets, ownership and board voting rights in reorganized company, insider litigation, and preferences.
  • Forum Health Liquidating Trust (Youngstown, OH) – Liquidating trust engagement involving disposition of assets, collection of Medicare/Medicaid underpayments, management of malpractice litigation claims, and winddown of foreign captive insurance company.

Other Engagements

  • U.S. Concrete (Creditors’ Committee – Wilmington, DE)
  • FormTech Industries (Creditors’ Committee and Liquidating Trust – Wilmington, DE)
  • Republic Technologies (Debtor – Akron, OH)
  • Waco Equipment Co. ( Creditors’ Committee – Cleveland, OH)
  • Amcast Industrial (Creditors’ Committee and Liquidating Trust – Dayton, OH)
  • Hydraulic Technologies (Debtor – Canton, OH)
  • Federal Forge (Creditors’ Committee – Grand Rapids, MI)
  • ProCare Automotive (Creditors’ Committee and Liquidating Trust – Cleveland, OH)
  • DT Industries (Creditors’ Committee – Dayton, OH)
  • Cold Metal Products (Creditors’ Committee – Akron, OH)
  • DeVlieg Bullard II (Debtor – Wilmington, DE)
  • American Paper (Creditors’ Committee – Youngstown, OH)
  • Gliatech, Inc. (Debtor – Cleveland, OH
  • Medina Glass Block (Creditors’ Committee – Cleveland, OH)

Honors & Recognition

Named leader in Ohio Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Chambers USA (2008-2024)

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers (2010-2023) 

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Rising Stars (2005-2007)

Named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2012-2024)



University of Miami

University of Virginia School of Law

Admissions – Court

Admissions – State

Professional & Civic

Professional Activities

American Bankruptcy Institute

Turnaround Management Association

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

News & Insights

External News & Publications

"How non-profit organizations can handle financial hardships and a difficult economic environment," Smart Business Magazine, February 2012

The Daily Deal, a Special Report feature on “Restructuring Deals of the Year,” prominently quoted in a 3-page case study about Huffy Corporation’s non-trade group of unsecured creditors, March 2006


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