Sean SeLegue focuses his practice in two areas in which he has decades of experience.

Appeals.  Mr. SeLegue brings rigorous analysis, lively writing and creativity to his appellate practice, which kicked off with a clerkship in 1991 to 1992 as a clerk to the Hon. Cynthia Holcomb Hall, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  His philosophy emphasizes teamwork with trial counsel and ensuring the client gets objective advice based on a fresh perspective regarding strategies for success and likely outcomes on appeal.  Sean is a certified appellate specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Attorney Liability And Ethics.  A former Chair of the State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, Mr. SeLegue has advised and represented lawyers and law firms for twenty years.  He has substantial experience in defending malpractice and malicious prosecution actions and attorney discipline defense.   He has overseen internal investigations for law firms and advised regarding investigations and inquiries by federal judges.  Mr. SeLegue also has served as an expert witness.

Perspectives

Defending a Charles Ponzi or Bernie Madoff

(focused on professional responsibility issues for lawyers) State Bar Ethics Symposium

Money, Politics and Religion-As The Roberts Court Sees Them

Santa Fe Salon

Defending a Charles Ponzi or Bernie Madoff

18th Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium, Ethics 2014: Keeping Pace in a Constantly Changing Legal Environment, San Francisco, CA

Ethics & Environmental Law

Bar Association of San Francisco

Ethics of Appellate Practice

Santa Clara County Bar Association

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Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America 2016 "San Francisco Lawyer of the Year" for Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
The Best Lawyers in America 2012-2016 for Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Northern California Super Lawyers 2004-2015
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Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), 1991, Order of the Coif
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1988, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with departmental highest honors
Admissions
  • California
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
Activities
  • Member, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers

  • State Bar of California Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct, 2005-2007

  • State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (Member, 1998 to 2002; Vice-Chair, 2002-2003; Chair, 2003-2004; Special Advisor, 2004-2005)

  • Bar Association of San Francisco (Member, Executive Committee, Litigation Section, 2009-2012; Co-Chair, Legal Malpractice Section, 2011-2014)

  • American Bar Association (Member, Advisory Council to the "Ethics 2000" Commission; Vice Chair, Ethics Committee, Intellectual Property Section, 2012-present)

  • Board of Directors, Boalt Hall Alumni Association (Berkeley Law), 2012-present

Clerkships
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Cynthia H. Hall
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