A founding partner of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, Sean Eskovitz is resident in Los Angeles. He has successfully tried numerous civil and criminal cases to judges, juries and arbitrators across the country. Sean also represents both individuals and companies in government investigations and prosecutions. Sean has been recognized as a National Practice and California Star by Benchmark Litigation. Before founding the firm, Sean was a litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson and an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
- Lead trial counsel in successful representation of Bayer in multi-state class action involving One A Day multivitamins. Based on the defense’s cross-examinations, including Sean’s cross-examination of the plaintiffs’ expert, the defense rested without calling single witness. The jury returned a complete defense verdict after an hour of deliberation, concluding that Bayer had not made any false, misleading, or deceptive statements about its product and that none of the three class representatives had relied on any such alleged statements. (For additional information, see Yahoo Finance.)
- Trial counsel for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in lawsuit challenging, under the Sherman Act, NCAA rules limiting the level of athletics-based financial aid and benefits that student-athletes may receive.
- Representation of Special Litigation Committee of the McKesson Board of Directors in shareholder derivative litigation involving opioid distribution and executive compensation issues.
- Representation of Independent Review Panel formed by the Governing Bodies of International Tennis in connection with allegations regarding gambling-related corruption. The IRP’s final report can be found at http://tennisirp.com.
- Successful defense of the National Football League in obtaining dismissal of antitrust claims, asserted by putative consumer classes, relating to televised distribution of football games through the Sunday Ticket package.
- Successful defense of Philip Morris USA in three-month California consumer class action trial relating to the marketing of “light” cigarettes; plaintiffs recovered nothing on their claims.
- Successful defense of prominent law firm in malpractice action concerning counsel’s representation at trial of retired professional football players.
- Successful federal trial defense of Rambus in two-month jury trial of antitrust and fraud claims arising out of patentee’s involvement in a standard-setting organization.
- Successful federal jury trial defense of Lloyd’s of London in the insurance coverage dispute over the destruction of the World Trade Center.
- Successful federal jury trial defense of Riggs Bank against stock option claims brought by former executive.
- $4 billion recovery for American Express in the prosecution of its antitrust suit against Visa, MasterCard, and their member banks.
Clients & Industries
Sean’s broad practice has included representation of plaintiffs and defendants in high technology, entertainment, renewable energy, retail, insurance, pharmaceuticals, gaming, real estate, and finance. In his civil litigation practice, Sean has represented Fortune 500 Companies – including Bayer, Morgan Stanley, Altria, and American Express – and prominent individuals – including recording artist Dr. Dre, fashion designer Joseph Abboud, and record producer Jimmy Iovine. Sean also has extensive experience handling a wide variety of business-related and consumer class actions.
Sean served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1999 to 2003. In that capacity, he prosecuted complex criminal cases involving racketeering, financial and bank fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, violent crimes and narcotics offenses. Sean first-chaired many trials and argued several cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Sean received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces and the International Award of Honor from the International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association.
Throughout his career, Sean has remained involved in public service and various charitable and educational endeavors. From 2011 to 2015, Sean served, at the appointment of the Governor of California, as a Member and Vice Chair of the Fair Political Practices Commission, the five-member non-partisan body charged with regulating and enforcing fair elections in California. In addition, Sean serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). Sean has taught pre-trial and trial skills at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the USC Gould School of Law.
- Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania, B.A. magna cum laude; Honors Degree in Economics.
- Law: New York University, J.D. magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Finalist, Orison S. Marden Moot Court Competition; New York State Bar Association Award in Legal Ethics.
- Judge Paul V. Niemeyer, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.