Farmington Hills Attorney
Quality Work & Excellent Service Since 1963


Sean grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, and he has been helping businesses his whole life. Working for his family’s restaurants and real estate businesses, Sean developed a business mindset early in life. He understands how businesses operate, what drives their decision-making, and what they expect from their attorneys.

Sean now focuses his practice on advising small to mid-sized business entities and individuals in corporate transactions and real estate matters, including entity formation, corporate governance, real estate acquisitions, commercial leases, employment issues, franchise agreements, and start-ups. Sean also focuses on commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on general business and construction disputes.

Sean is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan. He graduated first in his class from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law summa cum laude, where he was an executive member of the Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board of Advocates. Prior to joining Shifman & Carlson, Sean served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman. Sean also graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from Western Michigan University.

Sean regularly counsels clients regarding:

  • Corporate governance issues, such as bylaws, operating agreements, shareholder agreements, and buy-sell agreements
  • Business formation and start-ups, including entity selection and formation, renewal, and general advice
  • Sales and purchases of stock and membership interests
  • Real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and financing arrangements.
  • Land contracts and other non-traditional real estate transfers
  • Franchise agreements and franchise disclosure documents
  • Commercial leases
  • Succession planning
  • Business disputes and litigation strategies
  • Employment issues
  • Dissolution strategies and asset disposition

    • Michigan

    • State Bar of Michigan
    • Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers
    • Shamrock Bar Association

    • Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
    • Member of the Dean's Honor Society
    • Member of the Frank Murphy Honor Society
    • Bachelor of Business Administration, Western Michigan University