Sean Marotta | Washington, D.C. | Hogan Lovells

Sean Marotta

Partner Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Marotta Sean

Sean Marotta
Marotta Sean
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Sean Marotta's practice is as broad and diverse as the Appellate group's. He has argued at the Supreme Court and in state and federal courts across the country. Sean has also briefed cases in the Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state intermediate and courts of last resort.

Sean is well-versed in civil-procedure, automotive, energy, and administrative appeals. Sean is a sought-after speaker on personal jurisdiction, and regularly argues doctrine-developing appeals for a national automotive manufacturer. Sean also has experience in representing pipelines challenging and defending decisions of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state environmental regulators. His arguments translate technical pipeline jargon to plain English that generalist judges understand. And Sean regularly litigates cases under the Administrative Procedure Act and analogous statutes, challenging and defending federal agencies' decisions.

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.


  • J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2010
  • B.A., The College of New Jersey, summa cum laude, 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, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey


D.C. Rising Star

The National Law Journal

Dispute Resolution: Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Actions: Automotive/Transport (Defense)

Legal 500 US

Dispute Resolution: Appellate

Legal 500 US