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Sean M. Sherlock

Sean M. Sherlock

Partner| Orange County

Sean Sherlock's practice is concentrated in environmental and land use matters, and in commercial litigation.

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Environmental Land Use
  • Sean represents clients in a variety of environmental and land use matters, including litigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), litigation involving contaminated real property under state and federal laws including CERCLA and RCRA, toxic torts, California's Proposition 65, government enforcement proceedings and other environmental issues. He assists clients with permitting and compliance under environmental laws, including California's climate change and other green initiatives. Sean also assists clients with Brownfields development and corporate and real estate transactions involving environmental issues. Typical clients include developers, manufacturers, lenders, real estate investors, contractors, distributors and retailers.
Commercial Litigation
  • Sean represents clients in business litigation involving real estate disputes, public and private construction projects, commercial contracts, corporate and partnership rights, corporate mergers and acquisitions, trade secrets, copyrights and other business matters.
  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University (J.D., 1992)
  • Michigan Technological University (B.S., Chemical Engineering, with high honors, 1986)
  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • State Bar of California
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
    • Legislative Affairs Committee (2007-present)
    • National Sub-Committee on Environment & Infrastructure (2013)
  • American Bar Association
  • "Guarantor Waivers Narrowed," Co-Author, Real Estate Litigation Blog (December 18, 2014)
  • "California Case Requires Arbitration Despite Lack of Actual Controversy," Co-Author, Real Estate Litigation Blog (December 9, 2014)
  • "New California Case Illustrates Peril of Full Credit Bid,” Author, Real Estate Litigation Blog (October 6, 2014)
  • "Bill is Wrong Approach to Protect Workers From Wage Theft," Author, Daily Journal (August 18, 2014)
  • "2014 Legal and Legislative Update for Commercial Real Estate," Co-Presenter, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, Newport Beach, CA (January 27, 2014)
  • "Case Study: American Trucking v. LA," Author, Law 360 (October 4, 2011)
  • "Good News For Calif. Developers," Author, Law360 (August 11, 2011)
  • "Case Study: Oasis West Realty v. Goldman," Author, Law360 (May 23, 2011)
  • "Warning: California Has Listed 'Wood Dust' Under Proposition 65," Author, Daily Journal (December 2010)
  • "Water, Global Warming Critical Issues," Real Estate Southern California (January 2008)
  • "From Drugs to Tire Tread: Daubert Test to Admit Expert Testimony Applies to Technical, Not Just Scientific, Experts," Co-Author, abtl Report (Orange County), Volume I, No. 2 (May 1999)
  • "Cleaning Up the Mess: Dealing With Property Contamination," Journal of Property Management (January 1999)
  • "Dealing with Contaminated Soil," Journal of the Greater Los Angeles Apartment Association (October 1997)
  • "Contaminated Soil," Apartment Management Journal (October 1997)
  • "Lead-Based Paint Requirements for Apartment Owners and Managers," Apartment Management Journal (September 1997)
  • "Recent Breakthroughs in the Regulation of Underground Storage Tanks," Orange County Business Journal (March 1997)
  • "The Long and Unexpected Reach of State and Federal Oil Spill Laws," California Environmental Insider (May 1993)

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  • Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Service, State Bar of California (2014)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, Environmental (2011)
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orange County, Volunteer Big Brother (1997-2008)
  • Serra Catholic School, Capital Campaign Committee (2008-2013)
  • Orange County Coastkeeper, Board Member (2008-2011)
  • AYSO Volunteer Referee (2008-present)
  • Environmental Specialist and Process Engineer, Chevron U.S.A.
    • Products Company, El Segundo, California