My practice is invigorating because I wear dual hats to operate in both the federal and state court regimes. What I enjoy about first-party work is the opportunity to help my client in relating to their client: the insured. We may be at odds but the first-party relationship existed before the lawyers got involved. My job is to defend my client’s interests while preserving as much of that pre-existing relationship as possible.
With almost 15 years of experience in insurance coverage and defense, Sean Sullivan represents clients in first-party property claims. Focusing primarily on National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood insurance and homeowners insurance, he has a unique practice that spans federal and state courts.
Sean has an eye for the nuanced issues at play in Louisiana homeowners regulations, particularly with respect to “bad faith” allegations. He excels at synthesizing the unique issues in every matter and communicating the salient points to insurers who may be unfamiliar with the state’s framework.
Representing private as well as government-backed insurers who “Write-Your-Own” flood policies under the NFIP, Sean’s depth of knowledge positions him to advocate for clients in any underwriting scenario.
Sean knows that issue-spotting is key in this field. His diverse background in the insurance realm – from fires to earth movement to burst pipes to flood – positions him to quickly identify and target the important factors given the coverage and context of each loss circumstance. He has also successfully handled insurance matters ranging from general liability, personal injury, and premises coverage to automobile and maritime work.
As a testament to his dedication to and interest in this complex field, Sean obtained a certification in water damage restoration through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This deep understanding equips him to interpret estimates and analyze coverage details, to dig into the practical aspects of his clients’ businesses as well as the legal claims at hand.