Sean M. Sullivan Associate

Sean counsels employers nationwide and across industries – from a Fortune 50 financial services company to a multimillion-dollar luxury fashion house to a port terminal operator – on employment matters and labor law issues.

As a litigator, he handles wage and hour class, collective and representative actions and claims related to allegations of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment and hostile work environment. He represents clients in mediations, labor commissioner proceedings and EEOC complaints, and provides advice on drafting employee handbooks, wage and hour audits, leaves of absence and accommodations.

Prior to joining the firm, Sean clerked for the Central Trials Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.


Obtained favorable ruling on motion to dismiss pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12 in statewide wage and hour class action against Fortune 50 financial services company where proposed class was limited to the single location where the named plaintiff worked.

Drafted employment policies and employee handbook for growing multimillion-dollar luxury  fashion house to ensure compliance with full range of employment laws.

Obtained trial victory before the California Labor Commissioner for national food distributor where plaintiff brought claims for alleged underpayment of wages and penalties.

Successfully prevented the deposition of apex employee of Fortune 50 financial services company by moving for protective order to preclude the deposition.

Obtained dismissal and successfully defeated motion for reconsideration of claims by former employee  pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12 motion filed on behalf of employer.

Advised and counseled nationwide employers on preventive management including development of effective personnel policies and practices in areas such as wage and hour, reductions in force, regulatory compliance, harassment, hiring, and termination.

Obtained workplace restraining order for national IT staffing firm against disgruntled terminated employee threatening current employees.

Negotiated and obtained numerous favorable settlements in active or threatened litigation for clients in financial services, aerospace manufacturing, trucking and transportation, IT, food and beverage, and food services.

Prepared numerous presentations regarding legal updates in employment law and training sessions for employers’ compliance with national and California employment laws.

Savant v. APM Terminals, 776 F.3d 285 (5th Cir. Dec. 5, 2014). Represented maritime port terminal operator in appellate proceedings in which court affirmed summary judgment on ADEA claim filed by former powered industrial truck driver on grounds that employee lacked standing due to failure to exhaust grievance and arbitration procedures under collective bargaining agreement.

Savant v. APM Terminals, (S.D. Texas, August 2013). Obtained summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims against port terminal employer under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

  • University of California Los Angeles School of Law, JD, Associate Editor, UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, 2012
  • The University of Georgia, BBA, Finance, magna cum laude, 2009

Member, California State Bar, Labor & Employment Section

Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
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