Sean M. Monks Associate




Sean Monks is a veteran trial lawyer recognized for success in all stages of litigation. He handles complex commercial matters such as state and federal derivative actions, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and related business torts. Sean also defends corporations and their officers and directors before the SEC and Department of Justice, and in shareholder litigation. He represents clients in trade secret and non-compete litigation, consumer class actions, and other disputes among business partners. 

To avoid or mitigate litigation risks, Sean advises clients on best business practices and corporate compliance matters. Among his clients are government contractors, biotech and pharmaceutical companies, and manufacturing companies. 

Although he has extensive trial experience, Sean has not limited his work solely to trial-level litigation. An adept appellate attorney with numerous published opinions under his belt, Sean has filed more than 25 appellate briefs and engages in oral argument. 

Sean continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves. In law school, Sean was National Champion in the William Daniel Mock Trial Competition, the ABA Ethics Mock Trial Competition, and Regional Champion in the ABA Arbitration Competition.

Areas of Focus

Commercial Litigation
Equipped with superior courtroom results, Sean demonstrates equal success in meeting client objectives through arbitration and other types of alternative dispute resolution. Sean strives to accelerate resolution through procedural dismissals, substantive dismissals, successful tenders and negotiated settlements. He does not hesitate to try high-exposure cases in court, and handles smaller matters with rigor and discipline. 

Securities Litigation
Sean regularly defends corporations and their officers and directors in disputes involving the alleged violation of state and federal securities laws. He represents his clients in SEC investigations and enforcement actions as well as in shareholder class-action litigation, derivative actions, mergers and acquisition litigation, and proxy contests. Sean also represents investment advisers and broker-dealers in industry and customer arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Trade Secret and Non-compete Litigation
Preeminent among the business cases Sean has litigated are those involving trade secrets and non-compete claims. He contests cases alleging violations of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and breach of fiduciary duty, business interference torts, and breach of non-competition agreements.

Representative Matters

Highly experienced with 30 contested jury trials to verdict. 

Oral argument before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, a sister court to the Federal Circuits. 

Published opinions resulting from his advocacy, where the United States enjoyed consistently favorable decisions with far-reaching outcomes for the Department of Defense.