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Sean Joseph Filippini

Construction and development Attorney at Sacramento, CA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Sean

Learn Sean’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    50%
    Representation of developers, public and private owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers. Extensive experience with construction claims including delay claims, extra work claims, mechanic's lien claims, stop payment notice claims, and bond claims.

    20 years, 200 cases

  2. Litigation
    30%
    Commercial litigation with focus on business disputes including contract disputes, shareholder disputes, and collections. Extensive experience in Federal Court, California State Court, Private Arbitration, and mediation.

    20 years, 150 cases

  3. Contracts and agreements
    10%
    Contract drafting, negotiation, and review with focus on both public and private construction contracts.

    20 years, 100 cases

  4. Real estate
    10%
    Litigation of boundary line disputes, easements, quiet title actions, and lien foreclosure actions.

    20 years, 100 cases

EXPERIENCED LITIGATOR WITH A FOCUS ON CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT.
Sean Filippini's practice focuses on litigation with experience in multiple practice areas, including construction, real estate, and commercial disputes. Sean regularly litigates cases in California State Court, Federal District Court, State Appellate Court, and California's Office of Administrative Hearings. Sean also has substantial experience with private arbitration and mediation. In his construction and real estate practice, Sean represents developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers. Construction and real estate clients rely on Sean for guidance in all aspects of their business—from advice about risk management issues to representing them as lead counsel in litigation. In addition to his construction practice, Sean also has significant experience with complex business litigation on behalf of publicly-traded companies, regional companies, financial institutions, and individuals.

Awards

Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Grateful
As homeowners, we worked with Sean for nearly three years while he tirelessly represented us in a construction matter that left our home and property damaged, and a portion of it unusable. He was readily available, personally answering or returning phone calls and emails immediately. None of our questions seemed trivial. He was always willing to provide clarification and direction. This was extremely helpful since we are not versed in legal matters. We know he is well respected in the work he does for corporate entities, but he treated our case as equally important. We knew that while defending us and our home, he was working just as hard as he would for a much larger client while understanding that we had limited funds. Sean is honest, hardworking, respectful and compassionate. We are happy to share that Sean’s efforts resulted in a favorable outcome. We have our home, property and lives back. It is difficult to put into words how grateful we are to Sean.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
A trusted partner. Highly recommended.
As the former risk management officer of a company that sells to contractors throughout the United States, we needed an experienced and trusted partner to represent our business interests in construction dispute matters in California (our largest market) and we found that trusted partner in Sean Filippini. I had the privilege to work with Sean for nearly 5 years. During that time, he represented our company in a number of contract dispute and construction lien matters often handling multiple cases for us simultaneously. We experienced a tremendous amount of success with Sean in our corner and we were able to improve our company’s risk management procedures because of his advice. In my career, I’ve worked with a number of attorneys across the country and I can say with the utmost confidence that Sean is first-rate across the board. Sean was professional at all times and he always had our company’s best interest in mind. He took the time to understand our objectives, performed a thorough review of the facts, consistently provided insightful analysis and was always well-prepared. Sean was a good fit for our company because he is hard-working, honest and ethical. I would highly recommend Sean. Sean’s counsel is valued above all others.
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Posted by VANESSA Garcia | April 3, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Thank you Sean
Even though you were not the perfect match for us you did recommend us to someone who may be able to help us. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me and your recommendation. Vanessa
Posted by Alison | January 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney
I am a local business owner in Sacramento and was referred to Sean by a friend that has been using him for years. He is extremely knowledgeable with business/employment issues and has been instrumental in helping us navigate through all the issues that can arise. I would recommend Sean to anyone looking for an attorney.
Posted by Rhonda | December 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Rhonda Staley-Brooks
I have worked with Sean for over a decade and find him to be knowledgable, dedicated and open. He takes time to review your situation and if he can't help, he connects you with those within his network who can!
Posted by Ryan | December 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Fast, Effective Results
My company is in the business of selling materials and equipment throughout the United States. Sean has been our California attorney for several years. Sean has handled a number of disputes for us and has consistently delivered excellent results. In addition to handling disputes, we regularly consult with Sean on any issues or questions we have relating to our contracts and business relationships. Sean is a practical problem solver and the advice he gives us is invaluable to our ongoing operations. I highly recommend Sean.
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Posted by Colby | December 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney for life!
I have owned a number of small businesses in the automotive field in the last 17 years. Unfortunately none of them were immune to the liabilities of any other type of business big or small. Sean has been there for me with every issue, his counseling and litigation around different subjects have been second to none and invaluable speaking to the results. He and his firm are worth every bill I've received and I have no regrets. I will continue to use Sean for any future legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
This lawyer exceeds my expectations every time we need to utilize him. I found Attorney Sean Filippini to be very reliable, courteous, prompt, and knowledgeable. He comes highly recommended if you’re looking for an attorney who is unbiased, and highly proficient at discerning the veracity in your case. While also showing genuine concern for what is in the best interest of your company.
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Posted by Max | October 8, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Nobody wants to hire an attorney but if you have to look no further!
I own a local business in the Sacramento area and have worked with Sean a handful of times over the years when we've needed legal counsel for our business. Sean is extremely ethical, always puts me first as a client, is extremely strategic in his strategy and accomplishing our company goals. If you find yourself in need of a great attorney, look no further! Thank you Sean for all your help.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Downey Brand LLP
  • 2015 - Present
  • Counsel
  • Downey Brand LLP
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Downey Brand LLP
  • 2004 - 2012

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Associations

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • 2018 - Present
  • Metrolist MLS
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • 2013 - Present
  • United Contractors
  • Associate Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento
  • Board of Directors
  • 2018 - 2022
  • Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Sacramento
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento
  • Big Brother
  • 2005 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorneys in Sacramento
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2021
  • Best of The Bar
  • Sacramento Business Journal
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer Northern California
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top Attorneys in Sacramento
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2020
  • Best of The Bar
  • Sacramento Business Journal
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer - Northern California
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2020
  • Top Attorneys in Sacramento
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer- Northern California
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top Attorneys in Sacramento
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2018
  • Best of the Bar
  • Sacramento Business Journal
  • 2018
  • Top Attorneys in Sacramento
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2017
  • Best of the Bar
  • Sacramento Business Journal
  • 2017
  • Top Attorneys in Sacramento
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Attorneys in Sacramento
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2015
  • Big Brother of the Year
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento
  • 2008
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2004
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • County Counsel Association's Public Works & Contracts Conference
  • Public Works Claims Process
  • 2019
  • ACWA 2018 Fall CLE Workshop
  • Public Works Construction Legal Issues
  • 2018
  • CLE Series
  • Client Documents in Litigation
  • 2017
  • CLE
  • Taking and Defending Depositions: Strategies and Tips for Success
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Endorse Sean
Litigation Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the pleasure of opposing Sean on a multi-party, heavily litigated mechanic's lien and construction dispute. Sean's understanding of the "big picture" allowed us to negotiate a fair result for our clients. Anyone can file a lawsuit and litigate - and Sean does that well - but it takes immense skill to resolve disputes with tact and professionalism while ultimately achieving a client's goals. Sean certainly has that skill, and his clients are fortunate to have him in their corner."
Construction and development Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sean was opposing counsel in a multi-million dollar construction dispute involving numerous parties. He aggressively advocated for his client and was professional in every sense of the word. He was knowledgeable, detailed, and always well prepared."
Construction and development Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Sean is a subject a matter expert. His client service skills are top notch. He is highly experienced in all phases of construction claim resolution."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sean is a tough-as-nails litigator who plans each move for his clients as thought he is playing a real-life game of chess. Sean is meticulous in his preparation and strategic analysis. Little does Sean's opponents know that when Sean makes a move, he has already planned his next two. Checkmate!"
Litigation Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sean was professional and determined in successfully negotiating a complex settlement among a number of different parties in our case. I definitely endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sean is a top-notch litigator."
Construction and development Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sean is a strategic and pragmatic thinker. This does wonders for saving all involved significant time and money in working toward a resolution. I have referred a number of client's to Sean based on his exemplary skills."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Sean for many years at Downey Brand. He is a strong advocate and a skilled lawyer."
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Sacramento Construction and development Lawyer Sean Joseph Filippini
Sean Joseph Filippini
Construction and development Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 19 years