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Sean T Morris

Real estate Attorney at Bethesda, MD

4.4   7 reviews

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About Sean

Learn Sean’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Administrative law
    Sean Morris is a sought-after authority in matters related liquor licensing and other laws regarding the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages. We regularly handle matters before the liquor boards of various Maryland counties and the District of Columbia, as well as state and federal license and permit applications.

  2. Business
    All your business's legal needs in one place. Entity formation, operating agreements, investment offerings, purchases and sales (especially restaurant sales), contract negotiation, and dispute resolution.

  3. Litigation

  4. Real estate
    Commercial real estate lawyer, with a special focus on review and negotiation of restaurant leases. Sean is also a licensed real estate broker.

Sean is a native of Long Island, NY, and lives in Potomac, Maryland, with his wife, three small children, and chocolate Labrador retriever.  He spends as much time as he can outside, especially on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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Licensed for 18 years
State NY
Status Delinquent
Acquired 2013
Updated 11/17/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2005
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/20/2022

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

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The Morris Law Firm LLC
4845 Rugby Avenue
Suite 302
Bethesda, MD, 20814


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Posted by Jack | March 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Liquor attorney
Very professional and thorough. Definitely recommended.
Posted by Steven | May 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent job
I am a real estate attorney, and I needed to find an attorney to assist my client in obtaining a liquor license for its business. One of my partners recommended Sean Morris, who did an outstanding job in representing my client. Mr. Morris was thorough, timely, and reasonably priced. I would refer to him again.
Posted by Jennifer | February 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Sean Morris Law Firm
Mr. Morris not only gave us good legal advice when we were considering signing and lease and later when we had a legal issue with the landlord, he was very nice and very easy to talk to. He was also very good at explain the "legalese" language in contracts so we really understood exactly what the contracts meant before we made any decisions. We have hired him twice and I would definitely recommend him.
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Posted by Tony | February 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Business Law Client
I do not write reviews but Sean is an exception. I was referred to Sean by an attorney friend and I was not disappointed. First, within a day of my call Sean met me at my Restaurant for lunch to discuss my needs and requirements - a visit he did not charge for. Second, Sean was able to work with me over email to review, edit and negotiate a rather voluminous and complicated Restaurant lease in the span of a week. Second, after a quick review of my business goals Sean helped me develop a plan of action to quickly organize our LLC and obtain DC , Occupancy, tax and business licenses and permits for our new location - while staying within our agreed upon legal spending budget. He even paid himself for some of the license fees to expedite the process - without even asking for payment until weeks later. Sean is an experienced litigator that understands the business needs of an owner as well as the law. He is honest, highly experienced, with personal integrity, and a true advocate for his clients. I trust Sean and highly recommend him with all aspects of business law.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2015
Would turn to him again
Sean Morris helped me with 2 separate matters in the past year. The first was a consultation involving a contractual matter, which was pretty straightforward. He proved his competency with that one, and also charged a very reasonable fee, so my wife and I later turned to him for help with a low-stakes tenant-landlord dispute. He grasped the essentials of the dispute, provided a clear explanation of our options and likely outcomes, then suggested a sensible strategy that involved a low-key negotiation approach. His concern was that we not spend more than we could hope to gain from a settlement. Sean kept us in the driver's seat throughout a back-and-forth process that dragged on a bit longer than it probably should have. But my wife and I place responsibility for that on the disputing party and counsel. Sean kept his eye on the bottom line for us, and with his guidance, we received an acceptable settlement. We were glad to have turned to him for counsel, and would do so again.
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Posted by Jorge | January 22, 2015
Professional Service and Gratitude
I am eternally grateful to Mr. Morris for all the help He gave me in my divorce case. Mr. Morris is a very Professional Lawyer; and in this very difficult time I spent, Mr. Morris offered me not only their Professionalism as a Lawyer but also as a great human being. He always kept me informed of everything legally related to my case, what was the best I could do; when I needed his opinion He was always careful to answer my phone calls or talk to me in person. I hope not to be in another legal case, but if I were in another legal case, I would not think twice about calling The Morris Law Firm office; because I know I would receive a Professional services. I recommend it to anyone who was in a legal case to call The Morris Law Firm office. I have only words of thanks for Mr. Morris for all his help in my case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2014
In It Just For The Money - Does Not Know The Law
This guy gave me half my money back over a misstep with the law after a court hearing. He did not know about what "Imminent" guidelines stood for in the State of Maryland. Made me consent to a verbal domestic case that was definitely not an imminent threat. Got royally screwed from his lack of knowledge. Stay far away!!!
Response from Sean Morris April 26, 2017
I am sorry this client did not have a positive experience with my representation. My aim, as it is with all my clients, was to protect his interests and I remain confident that I did so to the greatest extent possible under difficult circumstances.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Vinson & Elkins, LLP
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • 2004 - 2006


  • Catholic University of America, School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • MA - Masters
  • 2000
  • Georgetown University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • Cava Group, Inc. v. Mezeh-Annapolis, LLC et al.
  • Unanimous jury verdict in favor of clients after less than 90 minutes of deliberation.
  • Case against Restaurant Landlord
  • Judgment in favor of tenant for replacement cost of equipment
  • A Guy Named Moe, LLC v. Chipotle Mexican Grill of Colorado, LLC
  • Court of Appeals upheld the right of foreign entities which have their right to do business lapse to cure any such lapse during pendency of suit and proceed with litigation.
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  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals
  • Associate Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington
  • Professional Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • John Carroll Society
  • N/A
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Agricultural Law Committee
  • Council Member
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • 2004
  • Plato Papps Labor Law Fellowship
  • Catholic University
  • 2002


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Speaking Engagements

  • Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Diversifying Farm Operations Through the Production of Alcoholic Beverages
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Sean
Administrative law Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Friend
"Sean is my "go to" guy on all matters food and beverage law. An excellent lawyer, wonderful guy, and fantastic at navigating the rather byzantine paths for liquor licenses, etc. in DC and Maryland. If you are a restauranteur, or have a client who is a restauranteur, keep Sean's number handy!"
Business Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean is a knowledgeable business attorney and is also well-versed in connection with beverage and liquor license law and regulations."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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Bethesda Real estate Lawyer Sean T Morris
Sean T Morris
Real estate Attorney
Bethesda, MD
Licensed for 18 years
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