Sean J. Powell

Associate

Overview

Sean Powell represents clients nationwide in complex product liability and commercial litigation. His practice spans a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, air filtration, materials science, oil and gas, food and agribusiness, banking, and telecommunications.  

Sean has served as national trial counsel and appellate counsel in multidistrict litigation, class actions, single-plaintiff claims and alternative dispute resolutions. His experience ranges from pre-suit investigations to all aspects of fact and expert discovery, motions for injunctive relief, dispositive motions, trials, and appeals. 

Sean is also a member of Faegre Drinker’s health and life sciences team, digital health team, sports and gaming team, and autonomous vehicle team, where he advises clients on issues related to the use of artificial intelligence in health care, online sports betting and autonomous vehicles (AVs). 

Product Liability 

Sean represents national and international manufacturers of a variety of products in state and federal courts across the United States. He has substantial experience defending drug and device manufacturers in mass torts, where he has coordinated defense strategies and e-discovery across hundreds of consolidated cases, and prepared and defended dozens of fact and expert witnesses. Sean also defends manufacturers of filtration products, industrial machinery, chemical and polymer products, automotive components, consumer products, agricultural products, and food products.  

Commercial Litigation 

Sean also represents clients in complex commercial litigation and labor and employment disputes. He has handled contractual disputes involving real estate agreements, product supply agreements and banking agreements. Sean also has experience litigating cases involving discrimination, wrongful termination, defamation, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, trespass, nuisance, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Past Experience

Prior to joining Faegre Drinker, Sean worked as a judicial extern for the Hon. Jeffrey T. Gilbert in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Sean also gained legal experience clerking for Hayes Lorenzen Lawyers, PLC, in Iowa City, Iowa, during law school, where he represented clients in both civil and criminal litigation. 

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Education

University of Iowa College of Law
J.D. cum laude (2016)

University of Iowa
B.A. in Political Science (2010)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Honors

  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-21

Awards Methodology

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