August 17, 2022

Volume XII, Number 229


Sean R. Somermeyer

Sean Somermeyer represents employers—particularly colleges and universities—both in litigation and advising on complex issues. This includes defending clients in court, conducting internal investigations, responding to government investigations and counseling on difficult issues. Sean specializes in serving college, university and secondary education institutions and the unique needs and challenges they face.

Education Expertise

Sean advises and represents educational institutions on a wide range of matters, including:

  • Faculty tenure and termination.
  • Title IX actions.
  • State and federal government investigations.
  • Student conduct, discipline and privacy issues.
  • Disability access and accommodations.

He regularly advises clients on issues relating to Title IX, the Clery Act, FERPA, VAWA, and other state and federal laws affecting higher education. Sean has represented countless institutions in responding to investigations by the U.S. Department of Education – Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Employment Litigation

Sean has served as lead counsel defending employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies related to:

  • Claims of discrimination under Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), whistleblower statutes and related state law.
  • Wrongful termination, breach of contract, and minimum wage and overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage laws.
  • Trade secrets and non-compete claims.

Employment Counseling

Sean counsels employers on non-competition agreements, employee classification and employee hiring, and discipline and discharge. He helps employers prepare employment agreements, separation agreements and general employee policies. Sean also has conducted numerous internal investigations of misconduct.

Personal Interests

Sean enjoys camping, golf, and excels at underhand sports.


Articles in the National Law Review database by Sean R. Somermeyer