Sean went on to attend the West Virginia University College of Law and earn his Juris Doctorate degree. While in law school, he served as president of his class, received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Civil Procedure, and was a finalist in the Lugar Trial Court Competition. In his final semester of law school, Sean served as an extern for the Honorable Judge Robert King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
After initially working as an attorney in civil defense, Sean chose to pursue his professional and personal passion and represent individual plaintiffs in a wide variety of civil litigation areas, including employment law, civil rights, consumer law, privacy law, whistleblower law and school bullying.
Sean has achieved millions of dollars in compensation for his individual clients in tough cases against powerful defendants that many lawyers would not pursue. Such cases include:
· Successful appeal to the West Virginia Supreme Court on behalf of over 3,600 individuals whose personal and medical information was made accessible on the internet (See Tabata v. Charleston Area Med. Ctr., Inc., 759 S.E.2d 459 (W. Va. 2014));
· Successful resolution and representation of employees who were sexually harassed and racially discriminated against by the Chairman of the WVU Department of Neurosurgery;
· Successful resolution on behalf of state employees terminated for reporting and refusing to participate in wasteful spending of state funds; and
· Successful representation under the W. Va. Patient Safety Act of multiple healthcare workers retaliated against for reporting patient safety concerns.
Sean is an active member of NELA - the National Employment Lawyer's Association - and serves as the West Virginia Chairman of NELA'S Legislative Action Committee, through which he fights for employee rights at the national level.
Sean is an active member of Public Justice - a national nonprofit legal advocacy organization protecting consumers, employees, victims of civil rights violations, and children who are the victims of school bullying. Sean filed the first known case based on the West Virginia Anti-Bullying law statute. Sean presented this case to Public Justice in Washington, D.C., and requested that they join as co-counsel. Despite accepting a small portion of such requests, Public Justice joined a co-counsel. Sean now serves on the same Public Justice Case Selection Committee before which he previously presented.
Sean's has developed a national practice. He recently settled a case for over $1 million in Atlanta, Georgia for workers whose employer did not pay them overtime wages. He is currently litigating employment cases in Boston, Massachusetts on behalf of employees against the same defendant employer.
On behalf of his former firm, Sean opened an office in Morgantown, WV, nearly four years ago. With all of Warner Law Offices success in the north part of our state, Sean will now be working in our new offices in Morgantown and Bridgeport, and continue to split his time between there and the Charleston office.
Sean is the only child to a single mother who always advised him: "You are not better than anyone, but no one is better than you." He remembers his mother's wise advice every day, and carries it with him in aggressively advocating for his clients against all those who treat them unfairly and unlawfully.
Areas of Practice
- Employment Law
- Civil Rights
- Consumer Law
- Privacy Law
Honors and Awards
- Commander's Award for Civilian Service
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Civil Procedure
Professional Associations and Memberships
- National Employment Lawyer's Association (NELA)
- Golden Key National Honor Society
- Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honorary Society