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