Sean’s years of experience both as an active duty US Army Captain and in the selective and prestigious US Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps are a valuable asset to Tully Rinckey PLLC’s military law practice group. Having served his country honorably at the largest military installation in the world in Fort Hood, Texas as a Judge Advocate from 2009 until 2013, Sean is an aggressive and tenacious advocate for all service members facing legal issues. He is able to pull from his significant and diverse experience as an active duty attorney in the Army JAG Corps, and as a civilian military law attorney, he forcefully and efficiently represents service members in both administrative and criminal proceedings. Sean originally joined Tully Rinckey’s Albany, N.Y., office as a Senior Associate, where he was first promoted to Partner and eventually Managing Partner of the firm’s first footprint in the state of Texas.
As Managing Partner of Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Houston office, Sean oversees all of the office’s operations while concentrating his practice on military law; routinely handling cases involving Article 15s, letters of reprimand, courts-martial and officer/enlisted separation proceedings. Sean also handles federal labor and employment law cases and security clearance representation. He is passionate about International Law and frequently travels the globe for the firm on behalf of his clients in each branch of service with the United States Armed Forces.
Prior to joining Tully Rinckey PLLC, Sean worked in private practice in Houston, where he was an active member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, The State Bar of Texas International Law Section, The Houston Trial lawyers Association and the State Bar of Texas Military and Veterans Law Section. Sean is a current member of the Houston Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in both New York and every State and Federal Court in Texas. Before relocating temporarily to New York, Sean also served in Texas as a military law adviser to a number of family law attorneys. Sean previously served at Fort Hood as an Army Captain, where he was the primary legal adviser to the President (O-6) of the Fort Hood Officer Separation Board after having started his Army career in 1998 as a private (E-1) Field Artilleryman and ascending to the rank of Captain (O-3). As a Judge Advocate, Sean led the effort in 2010 as Acting Chief of Fort Hood Client Services to have the Commanding General of III Corps blacklist a notoriously corrupt landlord-tenant company that was infamous for ripping off active duty soldiers.
In addition to his military attorney experience, Sean has an extensive background as a civilian attorney. He traveled the entire state of Texas – from Dallas to San Antonio, up to Amarillo and out to Midland, and everywhere in between – representing homeowners, business owners, churches and insurance policyholders on a wide variety of legal matters. Sean fought relentlessly on these contingency cases and reported directly to the Head of Litigation for the nation’s premier first party insurance litigation boutique law firm as a litigation docket associate. While traveling Texas and the United States representing his clients, Sean frequently volunteered his time to represent disabled veterans on a pro-bono basis throughout the Houston area.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Sean deployed as a combat arms Artilleryman to Bosnia in 1999 as a member of Operation Joint Forge. He deployed again to the Middle East after the Sept. 11 attacks as part of Task Force Blackjack in the most forward deployed US Army heavy brigade combat team during Operation Enduring Freedom in the fall of 2001 and spring of 2002. His task force would serve in both Kuwait and Afghanistan. Sean has been awarded the NATO Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, the Good Conduct Medal and an Army Commendation Medal.
Sean holds a Master of Laws in International Law from the University of Houston Law Center. He graduated cum laude from South Texas College of Law, Houston and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Sean was also elected as a council member to the State Bar of Texas Military and Veterans Law Section for the 2017-2019 term.
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