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    • 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 corporate matters and brings a pragmatic, experienced perspective to clients’ business challenges and strategies.  

With a primary focus on Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) matters, such as ESOP transaction planning and design, ESOP formation, operation, and regulation, Sean is well-suited to represent various parties to an ESOP transaction, including selling shareholders, companies, lenders, and trustees.  Sean also serves as outside general counsel to selected companies.

In a career spanning more than twenty five years, Sean has held both business and legal roles, which makes him uniquely positioned to develop a clear understanding of commercial drivers and business goals in order to efficiently provide innovative legal solutions that enable businesses and other stakeholders to achieve their objectives. 

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, trading, construction, construction materials, manufacturing, and engineered building solutions.  

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. 

He also served as a plan fiduciary for over ten years for both a defined benefit pension plan and a defined contribution plan.  

Sean genuinely enjoys working with executives/management in solving legal problems and has deep experience 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.”
  • 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
text icon Publications & Presentations
February 7, 2020
text icon Publications & Presentations
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