Sean Hanle

Partner

Los Angeles
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
2029 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90067-2905
T 310 855 3037
F 310 855 3099
shanlewillkie.com
Sean Hanle, a partner in the Litigation Department, is an experienced trial and appellate litigator who represents clients in complex business and trust and estate litigation matters, as well as employment matters and consumer class actions. Sean represents clients in a broad array of industries including advertising, franchising, media and technology, real estate, retail and entertainment. He also has significant experience representing high-net-worth individuals and families in probate proceedings. In addition to his legal experience, Sean is a certified public accountant with a background in tax and finance.
Sean Hanle, a partner in the Litigation Department, is an experienced trial and appellate litigator who represents clients in complex business and trust and estate litigation matters, as well as employment matters and consumer class actions. Sean represents clients in a broad array of industries including advertising, franchising, media and technology, real estate, retail and entertainment. He also has significant experience representing high-net-worth individuals and families in probate proceedings. In addition to his legal experience, Sean is a certified public accountant with a background in tax and finance.

Selected Significant Matters

Sean advised on the following significant matters:

  • Represented co-trustee of family trust, secured settlement to recover assets stolen by claimed beneficiary, and obtained order enforcing settlement which was affirmed on appeal
  • Won three successive demurrers and obtained dismissal with prejudice on behalf of a production company against a wrongful death complaint relating to a notorious fatality surrounding the production of promotional content for a major motion picture. The dismissal was affirmed on appeal
  • Represented beneficiary of an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT), defeated claims by competing putative beneficiaries, and secured benefits of multiple life insurance policies 
  • Represented adult children of deceased celebrity in probate litigation to protect control of estate assets
  • Represented franchisors of boutique fitness brands in multi-state litigation regarding breach of contract and interference claims
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an author in a breach of contract action concerning book royalties
  • Represented facilities management company in connection with breach of contract and fraudulent inducement issues arising from an asset sale
  • Represented media company in wrongful termination and discrimination dispute
  • Defended employers in numerous wage and hour class actions, including representative actions under the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA)
  • Defended coffee manufacturer against New Jersey and Florida consumer class action regarding labeling of artificial ingredients
  • Represented advertisers in consumer class actions involving violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)