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Sean Terrance Carnathan

Litigation Attorney at Burlington, MA

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 26 years
    Maine - ME 30 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State ME
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Sean

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    Sean practices exclusively in the area of civil litigation and providing related advice. His practice emphasizes business owner and operator disputes, trust fund disputes, and financial industry disputes. His clients range from international companies such as State Street Bank and Trust Co. to small business owners. He regularly advises executives in transition regarding their rights and obligations.

    31 years

Sean is a partner and founder of the firm, O'Connor, Carnathan and Mack, whofocuses his practice in complex business litigation.  He has been litigating since 1993 and hasappeared in state and federal courts all over the country.  He has substantial experience with director,officer and shareholder litigation, trust fund litigation and insolvencyrelated litigation.  Sean has alsoprosecuted a number of significant claims for unpaid wages and has helpedsecure recoveries for clients which, in the aggregate, exceed $1.3 million.  He regularly advises corporate executives intransition regarding their employment contracts and non-competeobligations.  Sean is a regularcommentator on legal issues and has published many articles over the years.

Location

Sean Terrance Carnathan
Landmark One, 1 Van der Graaff
Suite 104
Burlington, MA, 01803

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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2018
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Highest Recommendation
I consulted Sean regarding a multi-party corporate dispute. He was quick to respond and offered to take my case on contingency. He took a chance on my case and worked diligently on it for over a year. Through this time, he was professional, communicative, and efficient. This was my first time working with an attorney, but Sean made it a relatively painless ordeal. I would recommend him and his colleagues to anyone in the Massachusetts or Maine area.
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Posted by Doug | September 9, 2010
A Fraudgalent Transer Case
Without question I would recommend Sean Carnathan as a great Attorney and this is why. This is a must read. I went to several different lawyers (before Sean) who told me that because my Dad passed away and left the majority 51% of his Company to my Step Mother that my Sister and I were more or less out of luck and most likely forever in her control. They said there was nothing we could do about it. This was bad news for us because we believed and still do that she was a gold digger. My Sister and I were minority shareholders 49% in the Company. We were asked to leave the Company by my Step Mother only months after my Dads passing. She claimed there wasnt enough money to pay everyone as we believed she was financially draining my Dads Agency. She also claimed things that were false about us and we believed she was slandering our names. I called Sean and he reviewed the entire case from start to finish. I told him what all the other Lawyers said and he replied, well i am not them. At this point I was starting to feel a little hope. We had a Lawyer that was listening to us. He noticed from reading the divorce agreement that my Dad was suppost to have life insurance on his life (with my mom as the beneficiary) until June of his 66th birthday. However he died 6 months before that date and there was no life insurance in force for mom. Sean also reconized that the estate was insolvent and my Step Mothers Attorneys claimed there wasnt any money to be paid to my mom. All the other Lawyers who I spoke to said the same thing.They said the only substancial assett was the Insurance Agency. Then Sean told us if my Dad knew he owed this obligation to my Mom and he knew his death was iminent and still turned over the Agency stock (2 days) before he died to us three then that is a fraudgalent transfer.Another words it was against the law. We had an appraisal on the Agency and discovered the life insurance exceeded that amount therefore my mom was the rightful owner and 100% belong to her if she wanted it. My mom was so excited for us kids (my sister and I) she just couldnt believe it. Sean sat down with my Step Mothers Lawyer and showed him where the problems were with the fraudgalent transfer and how Mom was a creditor of the Estate..Her lawyers reconized they had a MAJOR problem. When all the other lawyers said it couldnt be done....Sean said it could be done and we got it done. Mom has stock in the Agency now and she has already made 3 times what her life insurance claim was. My Sister and I have a great career and were also owners in the business. Its amazing that some Lawyers could so poorly advise you. If we had listened to them we would not be here today. We owe it first to God and then to Sean! YES I recoommend him!!! -Doug
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2010
Competence and professionalism led to a favorable result for me
I hired Attorney Carnathan to provide counsel in an out-of-state LLC ownership dispute and my experience with him was exceptional. His knowledge of corporate law, ability to effectively negotiate, and his realistic advice on the probable outcome of the dispute was invaluable throughout the process and probably saved me months of needless wrangling and attorney fees. He promptly answered all telephone calls and emails and provided all necessary documentation to the court and opposing counsel in a timely manner. Although litigation is never a pleasant experience, Attorney Carnathan’s competence and professionalism led to a favorable result for me. I highly recommend him to anyone who requires representation in litigation involving complex corporate law, both in MA and elsewhere.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Junior Partner (Associate through 2000)
  • WILMERHALE
  • 1998 - 2003
  • Ames Fellow
  • Harvard Law School
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Paul L. Rudman
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • 1993 - 1994

Education

  • Harvard University Law School
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1997
  • University of Maine School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, summa cum laude
  • 1993
  • Bowdoin College
  • A.B., magna cum laude
  • 1986

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Editor, Litigation News
  • 2004 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Litigation -- Trusts and Estates
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Litigation -- Trusts and Estates
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2010
  • Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Pragmatism, but No Compassion in Foreclosure
  • 2010
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Second Circuit Approves Attorney Advertising
  • 2010
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Court Hits Pause in Case Involving Internet Video of Deposition
  • 2009
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Delaware High Court Issues Game-Changer on Fiduciary Duty
  • 2009
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • New Rules for Retiring Judges and Firms That Hire Them
  • 2009
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Judges Moved to Poetry and Quoting Billy Madison
  • 2008
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Derivative Claims: Not Just for Shareholders Anymore
  • 2008
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Corporations Balk at Outside Counsels' Automatic Rate Increases
  • 2008
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Court Orders Daubert Hearing as Part of Class Certification Analysis
  • 2008
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • New Jersey Invalidates Class Action Arbitration Waiver
  • 2007
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • New Jersey Upholds Privacy Rights in Internet Accounts
  • 2007
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Criminals Forfeit Retirement Benefits to Victims
  • 2007
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • D.C. Bar Adopts Rule of Professional Conduct for Nonlegal Services
  • 2007
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Lawyers Approaching Retirement Age Face Career and Lifestyle Decisions
  • 2007
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • California Invalidates Contractual Jury Trial Waivers
  • 2006
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Trial Court Win Reversed for Spoilation
  • 2006
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Rules on Witness Conferences in Depositions Vary
  • 2006
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Eleventh Circuit Criticizes Arbitration Award Appeals
  • 2006
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Fee Applications and Block Billing Don't Mix
  • 2006
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Audit Response Deemed Work Product Under California Law
  • 2005
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Taped Deposition Not "Reality TV"
  • 2005
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Large Law Firms Hiring More General Counsel
  • 2005
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • New York City Bar Issues Opinion on Dual Representation
  • 2005
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Partner Sanctioned for Associate's Errors
  • 2005
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • California Simplifies Jury Instructions
  • 2005
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Just Say No to Hostile Takeovers in Massachusetts
  • 2003
  • Business Law Today (ABA)
  • Will the Company Cover an Ex-Officer's Legal Costs? The New World of Sarbanes-Oxley
  • 2003
  • Business Law Today (ABA)
  • Discovery in Arbitration? Well, It Depends...
  • 2001
  • 13 Me. Bar J. 316
  • Re-Assessing the Trial Court's Opportunity to Assess Credibility
  • 1998
  • Alabama Law Review
  • Patent Priority Disputes A Proposed Re-Definition of First-to-Invent
  • 1998
  • 11 Me. Bar J. 244
  • Presenting an Attorney's Fee Application in the United States District Court for the District of Maine
  • 1996
  • 9 Me. Bar J. 318
  • Hints on Writing Law Court Briefs from Some People Who Read Them
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • Boston Bar Association Committee Brown Bag Lunch
  • Practical Tips on Policyholder Claims for Insurer Bad Faith
  • 2017
  • Continuing Legal Education Panel
  • Remedies in a Close Corporation or Family-Held Business Dispute
  • 2014

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Burlington Litigation Lawyer Sean Terrance Carnathan
Sean Terrance Carnathan
Litigation Attorney
Burlington, MA
Licensed for 30 years
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