Overview

As a Partner at PFG, Sean works with individual and corporate policyholders, focusing on risk management and resolving insurance coverage disputes. Sean focuses on property and auto policies and on general, professional, and D&O liability insurance cases, and has extensive experience in both federal and state courts throughout Oregon and Washington.

Sean spent nine years representing insurers in professional liability, construction defect, health care, personal injury, and wrongful death coverage disputes. His well-rounded knowledge of insurance and litigation gives him the experience and ability to obtain efficient and cost-effective results for his clients.

Representative Work

Represented insurer in United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in a contribution action involving novel questions of law on allocation between professional liability insurers under claims made policies.

Represented primary insurer in declaratory judgment action and related mediation of underlying wrongful death and personal injury actions arising from the collapse of a multi-ton swing stage from the 30th floor of the John Hancock Center in Chicago.

Represented primary insurer in a multi-party declaratory judgment action to determine coverage obligations with respect to landfill closure and cleanup under Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act.

Represented professional liability insurer in multiple cases against insured attorney arising from asbestos litigation malpractice claims throughout the United States.

Represented primary and excess insurers in multiple jurisdictions regarding coverage disputes over an insured’s underlying CERCLA or state-equivalent liability for environmental response costs.

Defended insurer in action involving the remaining available underinsured motorist benefits following deceased insured’s receipt of multiple policy limits settlements from at-fault drivers.

Provided coverage analysis and consultation regarding insurer’s alleged exposure arising from the murder/suicide of the City of Tacoma Chief of Police and his wife.

Associations

American Bar Association

Clark County Bar Association

Multnomah Bar Association

Involvement

American Inns of Court – Gus J. Solomon Chapter

News & Publications

Insurance in the Construction Industry: The Duties of Insurance Defense Counsel (The Seminar Group, 2012), co-presenter

Insurance in the Construction Industry: Duty to Defend, from Ledford to Fred Shearer; (2011), co-presenter

Just because It’s Nuclear, Doesn’t Mean It’s Excluded: Liability Insurers’ Potential Exposure for Commercial Uses of Radioactive Material, Defense Counsel Journal, Volume 78, Issue 3 (2011), co-author

Anti-Stacking Clause Bars UIM Coverage for Parents’ Damages, Where Insurer Agreed to Pay Daughter the Highest Limits of Liability Under Its Three Policies, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel Bulletin (2007), author

Recognition

Super Lawyers Rising Stars – Insurance Coverage, Civil Litigation, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2020

Best Lawyers in America – 2021