Sean Nalty

Professional Biography

Sean Nalty is a member of Ogletree Deakins’ Life, Health, Disability, ERISA and Employee Benefits practice. For more than 25 years, Sean has defended against claims of bad faith, and punitive damages in California involving life, health, and disability insurance. Sean has now expanded his practice and is handling litigation throughout the country involving disability and life insurance and credit insurance products. Sean also handles ERISA matters throughout the Ninth Circuit.

Sean recently 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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