R. Sean O'Connell
R. Sean O’Connell, a partner at Robb Leonard Mulvihill LLP, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law in 1996, and is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania state courts, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and a Hearing Committee Member serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Mr. O’Connell’s practice focuses on litigation in the areas of product liability, insurance coverage, motor vehicle and premises liability, bad faith, commercial issues, workers’ compensation, employment issues, and general liability. In this context, he has tried numerous liability and coverage related cases in the Pennsylvania and Federal courts in addition to the Pennsylvania Insurance Commission.
In addition, he was responsible for all of the appellate briefs that resulted in the favorable Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in Grady v. Frito Lay, Inc., 839 A.2d 1038 (Pa. 2003). The Grady case established the standard for the admissibility of expert witness testimony in Pennsylvania. Also, Mr. O’Connell was privileged to represent the Arena Football League in a case that established the basis for determining seasonal employee status in Pennsylvania. Ross v. WCAB (Arena Football League), 702 A.2d 1099 (Pa. Commwlth. 1997), rearg. den., appeal den. 724 A.2d 937, 555 Pa 723.
Mr. O'Connell regularly represents businesses and indivduals in the Pennsylvania and Federal appellate courts.
Mr. O'Connell has presented seminars on issues involving motor vehicle litigation, the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law, bad faith and insurance law. He also serves as legal counsel for the Society to Promote Irish Culture and Welfare, a non-profit charitable organization that raises funds to provide scholarships to children. Also, Mr. O'Connell serves on the fund raising committee for the St. Patrick's Day Parade.