Sean McKissick has significant experience in a variety complex litigation matters, including of health care, breach of contract, labor code violations, and white-collar criminal defense, at both the state and federal levels.

Sean has also done a significant amount of pro bono work, focusing primarily on immigration concerns including individuals seeking asylum, victims of criminal activity seeking U nonimmigrant status, and deferred action for childhood arrivals. He has represented clients throughout the world, including Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Eritrea and Japan.

Representative Matters:

  • Defended two separate qui tam actions filed against a northwest hospital system involving allegations of Medicare fraud and abuse, as well as state and federal claims of unlawful retaliation, culminating in favorable settlements.
  • Conducted a thorough investigation of a hospital’s documentation and contracts in connection with possible Stark Law violations.
  • Represented a medical group in arbitration against a disgruntled former member on breach of contract claims, ultimately securing a victory and an attorney’s fee award.
  • Defended a major automotive parts distributor in connection with a felony complaint asserting alleged willful violations of state OSHA regulations. After a five-day preliminary hearing involving nearly a dozen fact and expert witnesses, criminal charges against the client were dismissed in their entirety.
  • Represented an executive of a Japanese auto parts company in connection with a criminal investigation into antitrust allegations.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of twenty-three plaintiffs seeking redress against landlords for uninhabitable living conditions in a pro bono civil action.
  • Represented multiple pro bono clients in asylum proceedings, including appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit, securing awards of asylum, U-Visa status, and administrative closure.

Sean is fluent in Spanish, and was featured on Univision in connection with his pro bono work.

Prior to joining Miller Barondess, Sean was a litigation associate at McDermott Will & Emery LLP and worked as a research assistant at the UCLA School of Law for Professor Sharon Dolovich, where he researched legal ethics and civil rights issues in prisons and jails.

Sean received his Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law, where he was a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. He graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in English, with a minor in Spanish, won multiple writing awards, and published “Let Me Serve in Heaven: The Didactic Function of Abdiel in Paradise Lost” in an honors literary journal.

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