Sean A. McKinley


Born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Sean developed a passion for the law at a young age and decided early on in his academic career that he would follow in his mother’s footsteps and become an attorney. After graduating from Hawken Upper School in Gates Mills, Ohio, Sean obtained a degree in English Writing and Rhetoric from Ohio University where he graduated cum laude. Immediately thereafter, Sean enrolled at the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University, where he gained valuable legal experience with the Columbus City Attorney’s Zone Initiative by assisting in nuisance abatement proceedings.

During his second summer in law school, Sean was able to return to Northeast Ohio after accepting an offer to begin clerking for Kastner, Westman, and Wilkins. Upon graduation, Sean accepted a position with the firm and has since developed a strong understanding of the needs of employers. Sean assists employers on a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including employment law counseling and day-to-day workforce management.


Other Personal Background Information and Interests

In his free time, Sean enjoys listening to true crime podcasts, golfing, and spending time with his family by binge-watching TV series like The Wire and Game  of Thrones.

Sean currently resides in Twinsburg, Ohio and is an avid golfer. Whenever he and his father have a free weekend, they can almost certainly be found on one of the many golf courses in the Northeast Ohio area. Additionally, Sean is a die-hard Cleveland sports fan and lover of all things true crime.

  • Ohio University, B.A., English, with honors. 2018
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D. 2021
Bar Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Professional Activities and Recognition
  • Member, Akron Bar Association and its Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, Society of Human Resource Management
  • CALI Award of Excellence – Sentencing Law and Policy, Autumn 2020
Publications and Presentations
  • Harassment in Chambers: What You Need to Know, National College of Probate Judges, Spring 2022 Journal
  • Employment Law Update, Portage County SHRM, May 2022
  • Interactive Case Studies: Maintaining a Professional Workplace, Wayne County SHRM, November 2021
  • From Trump to Biden: Changes in Federal Regulation of the Employment Relationship, Akron Bar Association, March 2021
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