- University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1996
- University of Richmond, B.A., 1994
Bar & Court Admissions
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Sean is of counsel in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the probate and tax group. He counsels clients on utilizing tax credits, economic development incentives, abatements, economic development financing mechanisms, public-private partnerships and special economic development entities to assist in the development and redevelopment of property and the creation of jobs and economic growth.
Prior to joining Vorys, Sean worked as the legal counsel and ethics officer at the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA). In this role, he helped oversee the department’s $1 billion economic and community development funds. Sean also routinely counseled ODSA leadership on business and legal issues related to loans, grants, tax credits and ethics. Before joining ODSA, Sean spent five years serving as president and general counsel of a private equity firm/family office. In this role, he provided legal counsel throughout the United States on real estate and development projects including hotels, data centers and multiple residential projects. Sean also spent nine years working at large national law firms and assisting clients on real estate and corporate matters.
Outside of his legal practice, Sean has spent more than five years as a director of Professional Bank in Coral Gables, FL.
Sean received his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School and his B.A. from the University of Richmond.
Professional and Community Activities
- North Star Reach, Board of Directors, 2013-2015, Board Chair, 2014
- Professional Bank, Board of Directors, 2008-2013
- Flying Horse Farms, Board of Directors, 2006-2011, Secretary, 2006-2010
- 9/4/2019Ohio Development Services Agency’s Former Chief Counsel Joins Vorys Economic Development Incentives TeamSean Byrne – the former chief legal counsel and ethics officer at the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) – has joined Vorys’ economic development incentives practice.
- 2/21/2020Vorys hosted its fifth annual Economic Development Incentives Conference on February 21, 2020.
- Fall 2019In this two-part series, we’ll cover the top 10 key points for tax professionals to understand about Opportunity Zones (OZs).