Sean opened the San Francisco office of Hawkins in 2000. He frequently serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, bank and lender's counsel, and underwriters’ counsel and has worked with a variety of public agencies, including counties, cities and special districts. Sean frequently represents banks in connection with a variety of credit facilities.
Sean has extensive experience with general obligation and lease financings, water, sewer and other enterprise financings, transportation and redevelopment and multifamily housing bond financings. He has worked with numerous California counties and cities, including the counties of Alameda, Solano, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Tehama and the cities of Oakland, Roseville, Salinas, San Mateo, San Jose, Tulare and Watsonville.
Sean has served as bond counsel and disclosure counsel to the State of Hawaii, the University of Hawaii, the County of Maui and other public agencies in the State of Hawaii.
Sean is active in the area of nonprofit corporation finance, including higher education, k-12 private schools, cultural institutions and research and scientific institutions. He frequently serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, lender's counsel, and underwriters’ counsel for financings in this area. Sean has worked with a variety of nonprofit institutions, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, California Academy of Sciences, Claremont McKenna College, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, Loyola Marymount University, the Salk Institute, Scripps College, Stanford University, University of San Francisco and numerous other educational and cultural institutions. Sean has worked with a wide variety of primary and secondary private schools, including the Branson School, Francis Parker School, La Jolla Country Day School, Marin Academy, Menlo School, Polytechnic School and University High School.
As part of his higher education practice, Sean has worked with public universities such as California State University and the University of Hawaii, and, earlier in his career, the State University of New York.
Sean is a frequent speaker at bond finance conferences, including conferences sponsored by the American Association of Port Authorities, The Bond Buyer, the California Association of Museums, the California Society of Municipal Analysts, the Association for Governmental Leasing and Finance and the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission. Sean is the past President of the Bay Area Municipal Forum, served on the Board of Trustees, and the Finance and Audit Committees, of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and served as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Marin Municipal Water District.
- National Association of Bond Lawyers
Sean is the past President of the Bay Area Municipal Forum, served on the Board of Trustees, and the Finance and Audit Committees, of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and served as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Marin Municipal Water District.
- Bank Counsel
- Bond Counsel
- Borrower's Counsel
- Private Placements
- Real Estate Counsel
- Disclosure Counsel
- Underwriters' Counsel
- Cultural Institutions and Foundations
- Economic Development
- Health Care
- Higher Education
- Power and Renewable Energy
- Public Buildings
- Solid Waste
- Columbia University, B.A.
- University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D.
- New York