Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP
Senior Partner Sean F.X. Dugan’s proficiency in the law and persuasive oratory skills are exemplary, but it’s his keen understanding of the psychological dynamics of the jury decision-making process that makes him an extraordinarily effective defense attorney. Many of Sean’s most difficult cases involve catastrophic injuries and bereaved family members, and he is particularly adept at presenting a defense that carefully navigates this emotionally fraught terrain while keeping the jury focused on the larger picture. This talent is exemplified by a favorable verdict he recently obtained from a jury in a complex and sensitive case—the same jury that had displayed tears of compassion for the plaintiff during the trial. Sean’s 42+ years of civil trial experience include:
• Representing individual physicians, large and small medical and physician groups, and various health care professionals and institutions in all aspects of medical malpractice, professional liability, and product liability claims.
• Defending, on behalf of a publicly traded provider corporation, all dialysis cases filed against it in New York State.
• Defending clients in complicated exposure claims involving mold, asbestos, lead, silicone, Hepatitis C, and various medications.
• Mediating complex matters pending in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.
Sean has attained more recognition than is possible to list here. Notably, he is a member and past President of the N.Y.C. Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a member of the Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York. He is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and as a Charter Fellow by the Litigation Counsel of America. He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Law and is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®, their highest rating. Sean has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America© since 2019 for Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and received a Lifetime Achievement award from America’s Top 100 Attorneys.
Sean has published in several peer reviewed medical and scientific journals, including New York State Journal of Medicine, and For the Defense™. He is frequently asked to make presentations to various departments within client medical institutions concerning a wide range of topics, and he is a sought after lecturer to surgeons, hospital administrators, claims personnel, attorneys and other professionals in a variety of settings, meetings and seminars.
Pace University School of Law, LL.M., Environmental Law, J.D.
State University College at Oneonta, B.A.
American Board of Trial Advocates
American Bar Association – Dispute Resolution Section
New York State Bar Association – Professional Liability Section, Committee on Professional Discipline
New York City Bar Association
Westchester County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
American Health Lawyers Association
New York, New Jersey, United States District Court for the State of New Jersey, United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, United States Supreme Court, Second Circuit Court of Appeals