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Sean P. Nalty

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Sean Nalty focuses his practice on life, health, disability, ERISA, and employee benefits matters. For 25 years, he has defended insurance companies and self-insured plans throughout the country in ERISA litigation, with emphasis on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the district courts in California. His focus is on healthcare litigation, particularly litigation involving behavioral health issues, as well as life and disability benefit issues. He also specializes in defending insurance companies in bad faith and punitive damage litigation in California involving life, health, and disability insurance. Sean has experience with the California Consumer Privacy Act and the California Privacy Rights Act.

Sean was awarded a 2014 Client Choice award by International Law Office (ILO). He was the exclusive winner of the Healthcare/Life Sciences category in California. Sean was selected based on feedback provided by more than 2,000 in-house counsel subscribers to ILO and Lexology. The recognition focused on his ability to add real value to clients’ business, with specific criteria including the quality of legal advice, value for money, commercial awareness, effective communication, billing transparency, tailored fee structures, response time, sharing of expertise, and use of technology. Clients said (1) “Attorneys often fall into one of two categories: those who are good on their feet, and can be persuasive when talking in court; and those who can build a great argument on paper. Sean is among that rare breed who can articulate clear, strong arguments both orally and in writing,” (2) “He has a tremendous ability to put clients at ease. He does this by listening to their concerns carefully and making sure their voice is heard in the strategic decisions in litigation,” (3) “Sean is not simply a superb litigator; he is a genuinely superb person who is universally admired and respected by senior business leaders, in-house counsel, opposing counsel, mediators and judges,” and (4) “The outcome is high-quality work, and practical legal advice. That is why Sean and Ogletree are my first choice for many issues.”

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