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Sean M. Marotta

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

Sean M. Marotta

Sean Marotta's practice is as broad and diverse as the Appellate group's. He has briefed cases in the Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state intermediate and courts of last resort. Sean has also drafted petitions for certiorari, briefs in opposition, merits briefs, and amicus briefs in support of certiorari on the merits. Sean has developed particular know-how in automotive, administrative, and media litigation.

Sean has argued close to a dozen appeals in state and federal courts. He has argued in the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Third and Seventh Circuits, the New York Appellate Division, and the Florida District Court of Appeal.

Sean previously clerked for the Honorable Jane Grall of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. While in law school, Sean was the Senior Articles Editor of the William & Mary Law Review and graduated as the class valedictorian.

Representative experience

Briefed Holmes v. Winter, a landmark freedom of the press case holding that a reporter could not be subpoenaed to another state to reveal sources.

Secured reversal of a US$29m bellwether damages verdict in a significant franchise suit against a major automobile manufacturer.

Secured en banc review and prevailed in Garcia v. Google, a major copyright case regarding actors' rights in their performances.

Briefed and won an expedited challenge to an EPA final rule relaxing emission standards for a competitor of a major truck manufacturer.

Successfully defended challenges to a US$119m capital improvement project for a major energy company.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2010
  • B.A., summa cum laude, The College of New Jersey, 2007

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

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