Sean is a partner in our Silicon Valley office.
Sean’s corporate and securities law practice focuses on the structuring, formation, organization and operation of venture capital and other private equity funds and their general partner and management company entities. Sean advises clients in the preparation of offering materials, negotiations with investors on fund formation matters, drafting partnership, LLC and other governance agreements, and counseling fund managers on all aspects of day-to-day operations. As fund counsel for a number of top-tier venture capital firms, Sean advises on securities laws and compliance with the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, ERISA, and other aspects of the regulatory framework applicable to formation and governance. In addition, Sean advises clients on investment matters related to tokens, coins, ICOs, cryptocurrencies and other digital assets.
Some of Sean’s representative clients include: Andreessen Horowitz, August Capital, Benchmark, Felicis Ventures, Liquid 2 Ventures, Meritech, Revolution Ventures, Section32, SV Angel, True Ventures, Unusual Ventures, Wing Ventures and Yosemite. Sean has been recognized as a leading fund formation attorney by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers, has been featured in the Daily Journal as one of its “Top 100 Lawyers” in California and was named by Business Today as one of the “Top 10 US Attorneys Leading the Charge in Venture Capital Formation.” In addition, Sean was a Lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Law (2017 – 2022), where he taught a course on venture capital fund formation.
Prior to law school, Sean served in a variety of leadership positions as an Armor Officer and Jumpmaster in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division, and left active duty as a Captain. Sean is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
- Stanford Law School, J.D.
- U.S. Military Academy at West Point, B.S.
Holds FINRA Series 63 and 65 exam licenses
California registered investment adviser (2010 – 2022)
Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (2014 – 2022)