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Former Federal Judge Sean J. McLaughlin Returns to Knox Law

Posted on January 25th, 2019 at 6:50 AM
Former Federal Judge Sean J. McLaughlin Returns to Knox Law

Hon. Sean J. McLaughlin (ret.) has returned to Knox Law, where he will focus his practice on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation in both federal and state courts.

He brings nearly 40 years of diverse experience to his new role, including 19 years as a United States District Court judge and five (5) years as general counsel of Erie Insurance Group, a Fortune 500 company. He also has 13 years of private litigation practice at Knox Law, during which time he specialized in civil litigation, including both insurance defense and plaintiff matters. The breadth and depth of his experience lends him a unique perspective on the resolution of a variety of legal disputes, from all sides of the bench, and will serve him well as a mediator, arbitrator and neutral.

Judge McLaughlin served on the bench of the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1994 through 2013, completing his tenure as chief judge. During that time, he presided over 5,399 civil cases and 186 jury trials. He also regularly held settlement conferences on a wide variety of complex civil matters.

He served as Chair of the District Court’s Court Governance Committee, as Chair of the Court’s Long- Range Planning Committee, and as Chair of the Magistrate Judges Committee. In 2012, he was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. to serve on the United States Judicial Conference
Committee on Court Administration and Case Management.

Knox Law’s team of nearly 40 attorneys have been providing quality legal services to businesses,
governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, insurance companies, financial institutions, individuals and families for 60 years.

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