About Attorney Sean Herrmann
Sean’s entire career has been devoted to representing individuals in disputes with their current or former employers. He has represented workers in matters involving race, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, religious, and national origin discrimination; whistleblowing and retaliation; and hostile work environment and sexual harassment. He also handles cases related to workplace safety, wage and hour violations, and leaves of absences. Sean also works with clients on executive pay, non-compete agreements, and severance negotiations.
Sean is licensed in both North and South Carolina, and he represents employees throughout both states. Sean is just as happy to take on employers in Raleigh-Durham or Charleston as he is those right in his backyard in Charlotte.
Sean is passionate about promoting employee rights. Life in the United States revolves around the workplace. To care for ourselves and loved ones, we spend most of our waking hours producing goods and providing services for others. Workers sacrifice so much and, by doing so, allow companies to exist and profit. It is only right that employers treat employees with dignity. Though they don’t go far enough, there are laws designed to help that happen. Sean’s promise is to use those laws to hold companies accountable while counseling his clients on how to make the most of bad situations.
Sean’s experience helps him uphold that promise. Sean triple-majored in Political Science, Spanish, and International studies at Illinois College. He graduated summa cum laude in 2009. While an undergraduate, Sean gained his first experience in employment law while interning for the United States Attorneys’ Office in Washington, DC. His extensive work on a Title VII sex discrimination helped secure a successful jury verdict. After his time in Washington, Sean studied abroad in Seville, Spain, where he researched immigration from Africa into the European Union. He also interned at Sevilla Acoge, an immigrant rights NGO.
Sean graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law. At U of I, Sean earned CALI awards for the highest grade in Employment Discrimination, Labor Law, and the Civil Litigation Clinic. Sean also worked for the Honorable Tom M. Lytton of the Illinois Court of Appeals and at Freking & Betz, LLC—a highly reputable plaintiff-side employment law firm—in Cincinnati, Ohio.
After graduating from Illinois, Sean moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and began representing employees the day after he was sworn into the bar. Sean gained valuable experience at one of North Carolina’s top-rated plaintiffs-side employment law firms where Sean has won trial victories for clients in federal jury trials and arbitration. In Pearsall v Delta Career Education Corporation, 7:17-cv-226 (EDNC) (Raleigh), Sean played an integral role in winning a $334,535.68 judgment in a race discrimination case.
In Driskell v. Summit Contracting Group, Inc., 3:16-cv-819 (WDNC) (Charlotte), Sean’s work helped secure a $750,00 jury verdict for a client who was assaulted at the workplace and then fired by the company.
Awards & Recognitions
Sean has been named to the 2019 and 2020 Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list, and he received Best Lawyers in America recognition in 2018 and 2019. Sean has a 10.0 AVVO rating—the highest rating available from AVVO.* Sean has also been selected by his peers as a member of North Carolina’s 2018 Legal Elite in Business North Carolina Magazine. Sean has been ranked for two years running in U.S. News – Best Lawyers.
Sean is one of a small handful of attorneys selected to serve on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Council. Sean provides pro bono work through North Carolina Legal Aid and the Western District of North Carolina’s Pro Se Settlement Assistance Program. Sean is also active in the Mecklenburg County Bar, where he serves on the Professionalism, Lawyer Life, and Culture Committee and plays in the Lawyer’s Basketball League.
Sean is admitted to practice in the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, the District of South Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
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