Sean Conboy helps clients anticipate and solve problems before turning to litigation, and he aggressively defends lawsuits when they cannot be avoided. He is a seasoned trial attorney whose practice is focused primarily on business litigation and counseling. In that capacity, Sean handles the defense of high-volume caseloads for large and small businesses, and develops legal training and litigation reduction programs to creatively and cost-effectively prevent or resolve disputes for "frequent target" companies. He regularly tries cases in state and federal courts, and advances clients' interests through pre-suit counseling, alternative dispute resolution, settlement negotiations, trial and appeal.

    Sean specializes in commercial, products liability and consumer warranty claims and has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts, including breach of contract actions, consumer protection cases, business torts, civil rights claims, shareholder derivative actions, products liability cases and co-employee gross negligence claims.

    He actively participates in and directs all stages of litigation on behalf of his clients. He advances clients' interests through the implementation of aggressive and creative litigation strategy, as well as through pre-suit counseling, ongoing client education, alternative dispute resolution, settlement negotiations and trial. Sean has also successfully argued cases in front of state and federal appellate courts.

    In addition, Sean is lead trial counsel in the defense of numerous Song-Beverly Act and Consumers Legal Remedies Act cases and has successfully defended large and small manufacturers, distributors, warrantors and retailers against claims filed under state and federal consumer protection statutes.

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    Education

    • Drake University Law School, J.D., cum laude, Drake University Law Review
    • California State University, Long Beach, B.A., cum laude

    Admissions

    • California, 2001

    Courts

    • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Eighth Circuit
    • Listed, Top Lawyers in the Bay Area – Products Liability, Bay Area Lawyer Magazine, 2006

    Speaking Engagements

    • Presenter, “Barbarians at the Gate: Protecting Your Customers and Your Company While Navigating California’s Consumer Laws,” Detroit, Michigan, October 2018.
    • Presenter, “2 + 2 = $5,000,000: ‘Litigation Math’ and the Decline of Western Civilization,” Chattanooga, Tennessee, December 2017.
    • Presenter, “Killing the Golden Goose: Fraud, Abuse, and Shakedowns by California Plaintiffs Lawyers,” New York, December 2016.
    • Presenter, “Blood in the Water: Avoiding Sharks, Leeches, and Lemon Law Pirates,” Detroit, Michigan, April 2016.
    • Presenter, “Praise the Judge and Pass the Ammunition: Deconstructing Attacks in Consumer Law Trials,” Fort Lee, Virginia, December 2015.
    • Presenter, “Evidence Done Right: The Epic Battle Between Progress and EDR Privacy,” Tenafly, New Jersey and Los Angeles, California, December 2014.
    • Presenter, “There's No School Like the Old School: When Customers Complain About Horseless Carriages,” Detroit, Michigan and San Francisco, California, September 2014.
    • Presenter, “Making 'Certified Premium Organic' Lemon­Aid: Defending Fraud Claims in the California Marketplace,” Detroit, Michigan and Los Angeles, California, May 2013.
    • Presenter, “Back to School: Retaking the S.A.T. (Song­Beverly Act Test),” Woodland Hills, California, March 2013.
    • Presenter, “Surviving Lemon Armageddon: A Manufacturer’s Toolkit,” Los Angeles, California, March 2012.
    • Presenter, “Lemon Law, A to Z,” Detroit, Michigan, January 2011.
    • Presenter, “Deposition 101: How to Survive (and Thrive!) in the Hot Seat,” Detroit, Michigan, March 2010.
    • Presenter, “Lemon Law, A to Z,” Los Angeles, California, July 2009.

    Publications

    • Author, “Planning a Staycation for Solvent Co-Defendants,” Law360, September 2011.
    • Co-author, “Hybrid Suits Run Out of Gas,” San Francisco Daily Journal, March 23, 2009.
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