Sean P. Walsh Associate

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Sean’s practice concentrates on complex commercial and employment litigation in federal and state courts. His litigation experience includes a wide array of commercial, contract, business, and real property disputes, including cases involving issues of personal and subject matter jurisdiction, national class actions, requests for jurisdictional discovery, and federal preemption.

Sean’s employment litigation experience includes defending employers against discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, and wage-and-hour claims before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. He also has experience prosecuting and defending unfair competition and restrictive covenant actions, and claims of tortious interference and misappropriation of trade secrets.

In addition to his litigation experience, Sean has assisted clients with navigating federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing employment relationships. He has assisted clients in drafting employment agreements, handbooks and policies, and individual and group separation agreements, including reductions in force implicating the provisions of the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act. Sean also has experience assisting clients with federal, state, and local laws and regulations impacting the railroad industry.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods LLP, Sean was an associate in the Jacksonville office of a national employment law firm.


  • Representation of Class I railroad carrier in landowner flooding litigation. Resulted in favorable summary judgment finding of federal preemption of state law claims.
  • Representation of Class I railroad carrier in dispute with local government regarding claimed abandonment of railroad right-of-way. Resulted in voluntary dismissal of federal court claims to proceed before federal Surface Transportation Board as was argued in our motion to dismiss.
  • Representation of food and food products delivery clients in defending and settling national fuel surcharge class actions brought under contract, tort, and consumer statutory theories.
  • Representation of national client in putative class action brought by customers asserting contract and tort theories, resulting in successful dismissal at motion to dismiss stage due to lack of federal subject matter jurisdiction.
  • Representation of restaurant chain in action brought by former employee asserting various discrimination and Fair Credit Reporting Act claims, resulting in successful dismissal of all claims at summary judgment, affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Representation of various clients in actions asserting state and/or federal claims of discrimination or retaliation, resulting in successful dismissal of all claims at summary judgment.