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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 2003
    • B.B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1994, Finance and Real Estate

Sean Power advises private and public companies on a variety of corporate matters and brings a pragmatic, experienced perspective to clients’ business challenges and strategies.  

To develop practical legal solutions, Sean leverages his deep business and legal experience gained over a decade serving as General Counsel and a member of the executive team for the North American business units of a publicly-traded company, which included businesses such as steelmaking, construction, construction materials, manufacturing, metal coating & painting, and pre-engineered buildings.  In addition to directing and managing all legal affairs for these companies (comprising over $2.5 billion in revenue), Sean was also responsible for tax, insurance, government relations and business strategy.  

As a member of the firm’s National ESOP Practice, Sean is regularly involved in assisting clients with ESOP transaction planning and design, formation, operation and regulation - representing corporate ESOP sponsors, their shareholders, lenders and trustees.  He assists ESOP and other companies on a range of corporate matters, including commercial contracts and transactions in addition to serving as outside general counsel.

Sean genuinely enjoys working with executives/management in solving legal problems and has extensive experience “in the trenches” doing so.  Some of the comments Sean has received from company executives include:

  • “Sean is a strategic thinker . . . . He doesn’t get lost in only the legal aspects of things, instead he will look for a solution to mitigate risk and support the business. His approach is ‘business first’ and that’s refreshing.”
  • “He has excellent clarity of thinking and an ability to express legal issues very clearly.  Sean distills things down to get at what matters most. He has a good sense of the strategic elements of what matters.”
  • “Everything Sean does is thought-through and deeply considered. He balances all of the various considerations that are at play. I never hesitate letting him take the lead on something and run.” 
  • “Sean truly knows his stuff from a legal standpoint. He is competent, credible, articulates his thoughts well, and can communicate complicated issues in a simple way.”
  • Representation of an ESOP company in the professional services industry in its acquisition of another professional services provider
  • Representation of a company in the technology industry regarding its ESOP formation and purchase of company shares
  • Representation of an ESOP trustee in sale of healthcare company to a private equity buyer
  • Representation of sellers in the chapter 11 sale of steelmaking and related assets to a strategic buyer 
  • Acted as fiduciary committee member for a $200M+ defined benefit plan and $400M+ defined contribution plan
  • Led the legal workstream in the development of a $700M heavy manufacturing capacity expansion capital project, which workstream included all related procurement and construction contracts, permitting, incentives, and insurance
  • Managed and negotiated the sale (via auction process) of a manufacturer of non-residential construction products to a strategic buyer for $145M 
  • Drafted and negotiated several $1B take-or-pay supply agreements with domestic and overseas raw materials suppliers
  • Established subsidiaries in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia to receive assets excluded from newly formed joint venture
  • Led the legal and lobbying effort in Washington DC achieving desired results in connection with tariffs on imported products 
  • Served as a Board member on certain US subsidiaries and joint ventures in Asia
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January 27, 2021
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January 25, 2021
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July 22, 2020
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Power Joins Polsinelli as Shareholder in Kansas City Office
Mentioned, Missouri Lawyers Weekly
March 18, 2020
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Featured, Kansas City Business Journal
February 7, 2020
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Sarbanes-Oxley Ends Corporate Lending to Insiders: Some Interpretive Issues for Executive Compensation Surrounding the Section 402 Loan Prohibition
Author, UMKC Law Review, Vol. 71, Page 911