Sean S. Zabaneh: Lawyer with Duane Morris LLP

Sean S. Zabaneh

Philadelphia,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone215 979 1149

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Practice Areas

  • Securities Litigation and Corporate Governance Litigation
  • Antitrust and Distribution Litigation
  • Unfair Competition and Trade Secret Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 215 979 1149
Fax: 215 689 4964
University Case Western Reserve University, B.A., cum laude, 2001 University Honors, Presidential Scholar
Law SchoolWashington University School of Law, J.D., 2005 Associate Editor, Journal of Law and Policy, Scholar in Law Honors
Admitted2005, Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Activities

•American Bar Association
- Litigation Section
- Antitrust Law Section
- Distribution and Franchising Committee
•Philadelphia Bar Association

BornNovember 29, 1977

Sean Zabaneh is a solutions-focused commercial trial attorney and appellate advocate. Mr. Zabaneh represents a diverse group of clients, including public and private companies, financial institutions, venture capitalists, and private equity funds. He is a member of the Commercial, Securities, and Antitrust Litigation Section of the firm's Trial Practice Group.

Mr. Zabaneh represents clients in securities/corporate governance, antitrust/distribution, breach of contract, and trade secret litigation, including high-stakes class action litigation. He has appeared in dozens of state and federal courts, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and government investigations. In addition, Mr. Zabaneh routinely advises clients in connection with business transactions designed to avoid or resolve litigation, including the negotiation and drafting of complex distribution, franchise, real estate, and stock purchase agreements.

Mr. Zabaneh also has substantial court experience with matters involving requests for emergency and permanent injunctive relief. Representing clients in a wide variety of industries, he has secured injunctions for companies seeking to enforce contracts, protect trade secrets, and maintain their sales forces. He has also defeated attempts to enjoin his clients from entering into significant commercial transactions.

Mr. Zabaneh is active in the community and the firm. He organizes the firm's annual City Year Community Service Project, which provides books and supplies to local schools. He has also received several awards for his commitment to pro bono legal work.

Mr. Zabaneh is an active member of the firm's Recruitment and Retention Committee and its Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Honors & Awards

•Listed in People on the Move, Philadelphia Business Journal
•Listed as a Rising Star in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers publication
Pro Bono Roll of Honor, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Civic and Charitable Activities

•City Year Community Service Project
•Philadelphia Reads

Selected Speaking Engagements

•Instructor and Speaker, Deposition Boot Camp: The Art of Taking, Defending and Preparing for Depositions, presented at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, January 5-8, 2015
•Moderator and Speaker, Diversity and Inclusion: A Look at Our Progress, hosted by Duane Morris LLP Philadelphia Inclusion Committee, November 2013
•Speaker and Co-author, Attorney-Client Privilege - New Developments and Some Difficult Issues, Association of Corporate Counsel Delaware Valley Chapter, April 23, 2013
•Speaker and Co-author, Attorney-Client Privilege - The Basics and Some Difficult Litigation Issues, Duane Morris LLP In-House CLE Program, February 2013

Selected Publications

•Co-author, Indirect Purchaser Lawsuits: A State-by-State Survey, American Bar Association, 2010
•Contributing Editor, Two Years after Reeder-Simco: Is the Robinson-Patman Act Alive and Well?, presented at ABA Section of Antitrust Law Annual Spring Meeting, March 2008

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Securities Litigation: Obtained federal jury verdict clearing senior managers of Reserve Primary Fund of Securities and Exchange Commission fraud charges arising after $62 billion money market fund broke the buck.; Obtained summary judgment in favor of director and shareholder on breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims arising from down-round financing at startup technology company. Affirmed on appeal.; Represented international commercial and investment banks in multibillion-dollar fraud litigation involving allegations that banks assisted officers and directors in defrauding cable company and its shareholders. Obtained settlement client found favorable.; Representing venture capital firm in securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty dispute involving shareholders, lenders, and chief executive officer arising out of a $210 million acquisition of startup environmental technology company.; Negotiated complex stock purchase and real estate transaction in resolution of corporate governance dispute between 50/50 shareholders of closely-held companies. Antitrust and Distribution Litigation: Representing medical device manufacturer against alleged violations of exclusivity and right of first refusal provisions in distribution agreements.; Representing waterworks distributors alleging price-fixing and exclusionary conduct claims against suppliers/manufacturers of pipe fittings.; Representing franchise heavy-duty truck dealers alleging illegal price-fixing agreements, illegal coordinated boycotts, and refusal to deal arrangements under Section 1 of the Sherman Act.; Defending group of physicians in connection with Federal Trade Commission investigation of potential collective price negotiations, boycotts, and refusals to deal in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act.; Representing hospital in connection with Department of Justice investigation involving alleged agreements among physicians in violation of Section 1 of Sherman Act.; Negotiated supply and distribution transaction on behalf of cosmetics manufacturer in connection with exclusive dealing dispute with distributor.; Represented franchise heavy-duty truck dealerships in administrative termination proceeding and negotiated sale of franchises in settlement client found favorable. Unfair Competition and Trade Secret Litigation: Obtained dismissal of all claims with prejudice, including claims for injunctive relief, in favor of dialysis company in case involving alleged violations of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.; Obtained injunctive relief in favor of international food products manufacturer seeking to protect its trade secrets by preventing former high-level executive from working for customers.; Defeated attempt to enjoin group of former employees of pharmaceutical company from forming start-up competitor.; Defending international manufacturer accused of violating executive's confidentiality agreements with former employer. Complex Commercial Litigation: Obtained complete defense victory and arbitration award in favor of international public casino company in complex contract dispute concerning payments in connection with joint venture.; Obtained dismissal with prejudice at pleading stage in favor of dialysis company defending against tortious interference with business and contractual relationship claims.; Obtained dismissal with prejudice of trademark infringement claims in favor of independent truck distributor arising out of the use of truck body company logo on its website.; Defended healthcare consultant in Department of Justice investigation of consultant activities involving hospital billing of Medicare.
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Sean S. Zabaneh

30 South 17th Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19103-7396


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