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About me

I joined Edelstein & Payne in February, 2015. My practice includes personal injury, employee-side employment law, workers compensation, and wage claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. I remain committed to social justice and continue to occassionally handle criminal defense matters of interest to me, including drug cases and defending protesters.  

I am admitted to practice in all North Carolina state courts, Washington state courts, and the Western District of Washington Federal Court.

During my nine years of practicing law in Seattle, my practice focused on criminal defense trial work, though I also occasionally handled personal injury and consumer matters, including helping individuals who were the subject of false criminal history background checks in pre-employment screenings. 


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
  3. Workers Compensation: 20%
  4. Employment: 15%



Hourly ($175-300/hour), contingent (25-35%), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

10 total 

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  • Michael A Schueler

    I've had the pleasure of working with Sean on a few criminal matters and happily endorse his work. Sean is a dedicated and diligent lawyer who will throw his all into each case. He fights hard and does an excellent job in both pretrial motions and in trial. He knows how to communicate difficult concepts and cases to a jury in a ways that are easily understood. I imagine that skill transfers well to his civil practice as well.


    Michael Schueler Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Stanton Crane Shelby

    I endorse this lawyer. He zealously defends those accused of crimes and he helps protect the rights of folks who already have a criminal record. The case results on his website are impressive.


    Stanton Shelby Juvenile law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Edelstein & Payne

315 E. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC, 27601


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Recognition of extraordinary Pro bono contributionNorthwest Indian Bar Association2012
1st Place, intra-school moot court competitionLewis & Clark Law School2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyEdelstein & Payne2015 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Sean Cecil2010 - Present
AssociateGeiersbach & Kraft, PSC.2006 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMembership Committee2015 - Present
10th Judicial District Bar Associationmember2015 - Present
Eastern District of North Carolina Federal CourtAdmitted to Practice2015 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmitted to Practice2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
Northwest Indian Bar AssociationN/AN/A
National Lawyers GuildN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Snohomish District Ct 2047A-13DDUI reduced to Reckless Driving
Kittitas District Court 2Z0505120Case dismissed
King County Superior 11-1-07102-9Felony reduced to misdemeanor
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Defending the Right to DissentTaking a protester case to trial2013