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Sean G. Williamson

Senior Associate

P 502-562-7307 F 502-589-0309

500 West Jefferson Street
Suite 2800
Louisville, KY 40202

 

Sean G. Williamson is a member of the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Service Team.  He represents a broad range of clients in a variety of complex commercial disputes, including products liability and warranty matters, fiduciary litigation and class actions.  In addition, Sean works closely with the Firm’s Intellectual Property Protection & Litigation Service Team, assisting businesses and innovators with the protection of valuable, competitive information, such as trade secrets and non-competition issues.  Based on his experience practicing and clerking in federal court, Sean is also skilled in civil rights and constitutional litigation.  The scope of Sean’s practice extends from initial trial court proceedings through the entire appellate process.

Sean G. Williamson

Location

500 West Jefferson Street
Suite 2800
Louisville, KY 40202

Representative Matters

  • Young, et al. v. Sullivan University System, Inc., No. 2018-CA-000364-ME (Ky. App. 2019).  Represented private university system in obtaining affirmance of order denying certification of a putative class of former students alleging consumer protection and fraud claims related to the university’s marketing and promotional materials for its culinary arts programs.
  • Libertarian National Committee, Inc., et al. v. Holiday, et al., No. 17-6216 (6th Cir. 2018).  Obtained summary judgment and affirmance on appeal in favor of public broadcaster on alleged viewpoint discrimination and other constitutional claims arising from a third-party candidate’s exclusion from a televised forum for U.S. senatorial candidates.
  • Nami Resources Co., et al. v. Asher Land and Mineral, Ltd., et al., Nos. 2015-SC-000489-DG, 2016-SC-000235-DG (Ky. 2018).  Assisted appellate team in successfully obtaining reversal of $2.7 million punitive award based on alleged fraudulent concealment of underpaid natural gas royalties.
  • National Achievement Source, LLC v. Jefferson County Public Schools, et al., No. 17-CI-004017 (Jefferson Cnty. Ky. Cir. Ct. 2017). Defeated motion for preliminary injunction, and obtained complete dismissal of vendor’s claims of alleged violations of the Kentucky Model Procurement Code arising from student purchases of graduation memorabilia, including caps and gowns.
  • Boyd ex rel. B.B. v. Jefferson County Public Schools, et al., No 3:16-cv-00023-CRS-CHL (W.D. Ky. 2017). Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of public school district and employees on alleged Fourth Amendment, due process, and equal protection violations, as well as related state tort claims, arising from law enforcement’s arrest of a student on school property.
  • Warren Paving, Inc., et al. v. Heartland Material, Inc., et al., No. 15-6052 (6th Cir. 2016). Defended favorable judgment on appeal in royalty dispute over limestone production.
  • Represents a wide range of commercial clients, including construction companies, equipment distributors, financial institutions, insurance companies, and natural resource companies, in a variety of disputes.
  • Advises commercial clients regarding non-competition and non-solicitation covenants and matters related to the protection of confidential business information and trade secrets.
  • Represents commercial lessors in disputes with tenants, including evictions and collections.
  • Represents state agencies, such as the state judicial conduct commission and public television broadcaster, in civil rights and constitutional litigation.
  • Represents county board of education in numerous matters, including commercial disputes with vendors, actions based on alleged personal injuries or violations of statutory or constitutional rights, as well as employment matters and labor arbitrations.
  • Represents healthcare providers in actions seeking Medicaid reimbursements from state administrative cabinet.

Professional Experience

  • Clerk for the Honorable Charles R. Simpson, III, United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 2014-2015
  • Summer Associate, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, 2013
  • Intern for the Honorable John G. Heyburn, II, United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 2012

Education

2014 - J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School; Executive Editor, Journal of Constitutional Law; Moot Court Board; Frank G. Leebron Memorial Prize (awarded to the graduating student who has written the best paper in the field of constitutional law); Award for Distinguished Pro Bono Service; Legal Writing Honors

2011 - B.A. (History and Political Science), summa cum laude, University of Louisville, McConnell Scholarship for Political Leadership

Publications

  • Comment, Contemporary Contextual Analysis: Accounting for Changed Factual Conditions Under the Equal Protection Clause, 17 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 591 (2014)

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association

Admissions

Kentucky

United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Honors

  • Recognized by his peers as a Kentucky Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2019

Civic Involvement

  • Volunteers of America Mid-States, Board of Directors
  • St. John Center for Homeless Men, Board of Directors
  • The Home of the Innocents, Associate Board
  • Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, Young Professionals Board
  • McConnell Center, University of Louisville, Advisor for Moot Court Program
  • Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, Associate Member, 2016-2018
  • YPAL Emerging Leaders Program, 2016

Representative Matters

  • Young, et al. v. Sullivan University System, Inc., No. 2018-CA-000364-ME (Ky. App. 2019).  Represented private university system in obtaining affirmance of order denying certification of a putative class of former students alleging consumer protection and fraud claims related to the university’s marketing and promotional materials for its culinary arts programs.
  • Libertarian National Committee, Inc., et al. v. Holiday, et al., No. 17-6216 (6th Cir. 2018).  Obtained summary judgment and affirmance on appeal in favor of public broadcaster on alleged viewpoint discrimination and other constitutional claims arising from a third-party candidate’s exclusion from a televised forum for U.S. senatorial candidates.
  • Nami Resources Co., et al. v. Asher Land and Mineral, Ltd., et al., Nos. 2015-SC-000489-DG, 2016-SC-000235-DG (Ky. 2018).  Assisted appellate team in successfully obtaining reversal of $2.7 million punitive award based on alleged fraudulent concealment of underpaid natural gas royalties.
  • National Achievement Source, LLC v. Jefferson County Public Schools, et al., No. 17-CI-004017 (Jefferson Cnty. Ky. Cir. Ct. 2017). Defeated motion for preliminary injunction, and obtained complete dismissal of vendor’s claims of alleged violations of the Kentucky Model Procurement Code arising from student purchases of graduation memorabilia, including caps and gowns.
  • Boyd ex rel. B.B. v. Jefferson County Public Schools, et al., No 3:16-cv-00023-CRS-CHL (W.D. Ky. 2017). Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of public school district and employees on alleged Fourth Amendment, due process, and equal protection violations, as well as related state tort claims, arising from law enforcement’s arrest of a student on school property.
  • Warren Paving, Inc., et al. v. Heartland Material, Inc., et al., No. 15-6052 (6th Cir. 2016). Defended favorable judgment on appeal in royalty dispute over limestone production.
  • Represents a wide range of commercial clients, including construction companies, equipment distributors, financial institutions, insurance companies, and natural resource companies, in a variety of disputes.
  • Advises commercial clients regarding non-competition and non-solicitation covenants and matters related to the protection of confidential business information and trade secrets.
  • Represents commercial lessors in disputes with tenants, including evictions and collections.
  • Represents state agencies, such as the state judicial conduct commission and public television broadcaster, in civil rights and constitutional litigation.
  • Represents county board of education in numerous matters, including commercial disputes with vendors, actions based on alleged personal injuries or violations of statutory or constitutional rights, as well as employment matters and labor arbitrations.
  • Represents healthcare providers in actions seeking Medicaid reimbursements from state administrative cabinet.

Professional Experience

  • Clerk for the Honorable Charles R. Simpson, III, United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 2014-2015
  • Summer Associate, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, 2013
  • Intern for the Honorable John G. Heyburn, II, United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 2012

Education

2014 - J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School; Executive Editor, Journal of Constitutional Law; Moot Court Board; Frank G. Leebron Memorial Prize (awarded to the graduating student who has written the best paper in the field of constitutional law); Award for Distinguished Pro Bono Service; Legal Writing Honors

2011 - B.A. (History and Political Science), summa cum laude, University of Louisville, McConnell Scholarship for Political Leadership

Publications

  • Comment, Contemporary Contextual Analysis: Accounting for Changed Factual Conditions Under the Equal Protection Clause, 17 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 591 (2014)

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association

Admissions

Kentucky

United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Honors

  • Recognized by his peers as a Kentucky Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2019

Civic Involvement

  • Volunteers of America Mid-States, Board of Directors
  • St. John Center for Homeless Men, Board of Directors
  • The Home of the Innocents, Associate Board
  • Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, Young Professionals Board
  • McConnell Center, University of Louisville, Advisor for Moot Court Program
  • Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, Associate Member, 2016-2018
  • YPAL Emerging Leaders Program, 2016
Sean G. Williamson