Sean Bigley

Associate

Sean Bigley is an associate at Early Sullivan, where he helps businesses, entertainers, and creators of all kinds accomplish their goals and manage their liabilities. Sean draws on his extensive litigation and transactional experience to approach his client relationships as both an advocate and a counselor, taking care to offer tactical expertise and guidance to reach the best possible outcomes while centering clients’ specific aims and needs.

Before joining Early Sullivan, Sean was a litigator at the powerhouse Philadelphia qui tam firm McEldrew Young. There, he represented whistleblowers and the United States government in anti-fraud actions. Sean investigated and litigated against companies now facing DOJ indictments with respect the opioid crisis, large medical practices purpose-built to defraud Medicare and Medicaid, and fraudulent non-profits structured to facilitate tax avoidance.

Sean began his legal career at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), where he served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and defended hundreds of military veterans and low-income Angelenos against eviction lawsuits and civil infraction citations. He honed his client-centering skills at LAFLA, advocating for hundreds of clients in trials and hearings, protecting Section-8 housing vouchers in HUD regulatory hearings, working with social workers to administer a pool of emergency rental payments (SSFV funds) for veterans, and running a weekly legal clinic for homeless and at-risk veterans, where he translated the complex legal landscape into actionable steps and empowered people to protect themselves.

Sean attended the Kline School of Law at Drexel University (’12, Pro Bono Honors Graduate), graduate school at University College Dublin (’08, MSc., Honors, International Relations), and college at Temple University (’06, magna cum laude, History and Political Science). He lives with his wife, Jessica Farris (Director of Criminal Justice at ACLU of Southern California), and their daughter, Maren, near the water. When he is not at the office or at court, Sean enjoys hiking, swimming, and brewing and distilling every sort of drink made from apples. Sean is also a four-sport Philadelphia fan, with a special devotion to Sam Hinkie’s Philadelphia 76ers (#TTP).

Sean is licensed to practice law in California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

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