Sean Reilly is a seasoned litigator with nearly two decades of experience in products liability and complex litigation, international trade, and public policy. His litigation experience includes developing litigation strategies, defending companies, and preparing medical and scientific expert witnesses for deposition and trial testimony in actions arising throughout the United States. Sean has also advised clients on internal reviews and compliance matters related to international research and development programs.
Sean served as Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and was Director of the Department’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning. In this role, he acted as senior economic, international trade, export control, and foreign policy advisor to Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. During his tenure at the Office of the Secretary, Sean worked with White House staff and other cabinet agencies to develop and advance policies related to international trade, financial services, manufacturing, national security, import safety, telecommunications, and technology. As chief of staff for Market Access and Compliance in the International Trade Administration, he managed more than 200 trade policy professionals charged with eliminating trade barriers and opening foreign markets for U.S. exporters. He supervised the creation of the “Invest in America” initiative to attract foreign direct investment and participated in the review of cases pending before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Following law school, Sean served for nearly five years as judge advocate in the United States Air Force, where he defended and prosecuted more than 40 trials by court-martial as lead counsel.