Sean J. Bellew

Sean J. Bellew: Attorney with Duane Morris LLP
  • Partner at Duane Morris LLP (819 Attorneys)
  • 222 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1600, Wilmington, DE 19801
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Sean J. Bellew is a trial lawyer who handles complex corporate and commercial and employment litigation matters, with an emphasis on corporate litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery and general commercial litigation in the Delaware Superior Court (Complex Commercial Litigation Division) and the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Mr. Bellew represents Delaware corporations, corporations doing business in Delaware and internationally and individuals in cases involving corporate control, trade secrets, corporate governance, statutory and contractual disputes, fiduciary duties, antitrust, securities, employment claims and injunction litigation. He also handles bankruptcy and corporate reorganization matters on behalf of debtors and creditors

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Bellew served as judicial clerk to the Hon. Sandra Schultz Newman of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Bellew is a 1997 graduate of Villanova University School of Law, where he was symposium editor and staff writer for the Villanova Environmental Law Journal, and the President of the Student Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C.

The listing of areas of practice in the foregoing profile does not represent official certification as a specialist in those areas.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2015-present
•Ballard Spahr LLP
- Partner, 2010-2015
- Of Counsel, 2008-2010
•Cozen O'Connor
- Member, 2003-2008
- Associate, 2000-2002
•Pennsylvania Supreme Court
- Judicial Clerk to the Hon. Sandra Schultz Newman, 1999-2000
•Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
- Judicial Clerk to President Judge James G. Colins, 1997-1999

Civic and Charitable Activities

•Legatus International
- Past President, Philadelphia Chapter

•Villanova University School of Law Alumni Association
- Past President, Delaware Chapter

•St. Patrick's Society
- Board Member
•Stewardship Council
- St. Thomas of Villanova Parish, Villanova, PA

Selected Publications

•Co-author, Federalization Increases D&O Exposure, Executive Counsel, February/March 2011
•Co-Author, Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws - A Guide to Corporate Compliance, VIII Vill. Envtrl. L. J. 1

Selected Speaking Engagements

• Why Delaware? Here's Why: ExploringDelaware's Preeminent Legal Landscape, Bryn Maw Trust Co., Seminar Series, March 2, 2017
• Fundamentals of Civil Litigation: General Delaware Civil Litigation, Practice Pitfalls, and Court Updates / Court of Chancery Practice, Continuing Legal Education program, Delaware State Bar Association Litigation Section, March 26, 2010

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Corporate Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Antitrust Law
  • Securities Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
302 657 4930  Phone
302 397 2543  Fax
University Attended:
The Catholic University of America, B.A., 1994
Law School Attended:
Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1997
Year of First Admission:
1997, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; 2002, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware; 1998, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 2001, Delaware

Professional Activities

•Delaware Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Successfully obtained a plaintiff's verdict and damages award after jury trial in a case involving breach of contract, fraud, conversion, and misappropriation claims on behalf of his client in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware; Achieved a multimillion-dollar judgment on behalf of a leading homebuilder after trial in a commercial contract matter before the Delaware Superior Court, Complex Commercial Litigation Division; Secured a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction from the Delaware Court of Chancery that covered more than 90 employees based upon a competitor's misappropriation of trade secrets and violation of non-compete provisions of employment contracts; thereafter successfully tried the matter, resulting in final finding of misappropriation and tortious interference and an award of compensatory and exemplary damages and attorneys' fees; Secured an ex-parte temporary restraining order before the Delaware Court of Chancery, resulting in the grounding of a corporate aircraft about to leave the country before full payment had been made under a purchase contract; Secured settlement in excess of $20 million for client during trial of fraud claims in Delaware Superior Court, Complex Commercial Litigation Division.; Successfully argued before the Delaware Supreme Court in multiple cases of first impression; Negotiated multiple seven-figure settlements on behalf of minority shareholders mid-trial in separate Delaware Court of Chancery trial proceedings; Successfully obtained summary judgment in the Delaware Superior Court on behalf of a Delaware-based hospital in a highly contested breach of contract matter; Successfully obtained summary judgment in the Delaware Superior Court for a national drugstore chain in the defense of claim under Delaware Whistleblower law; Tried Section 220 (Books and Records) action before the Delaware Court of Chancery, resulting in a court order requiring comprehensive production of corporate documents; Successfully defended an appraisal action in the Delaware Court of Chancery on behalf of a major international real estate development company; Obtained an award of zero liability in the defense of a seven-figure breach of contract claim after an extensive trial before the American Arbitration Association

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Wilmington, Delaware

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