In his three decades of legal practice, Sean Coughlin has focused his practice on complex business and real estate litigation, representing commercial real estate lenders and bankruptcy litigation matters. Coughlin approaches each matter with the goal of achieving the best possible business result. Coughlin has successfully litigated, arbitrated and tried hundreds of complex disputes in state court, federal court and bankruptcy court. He is admitted to all California Courts, several U.S. District Courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Coughlin has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review rating from the Martindale Hubbell International Law Directory. This is the highest peer rating standard and is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills and ethical standards by their peers. He has also been listed in San Diego Magazine’s Top Lawyers in San Diego for real estate litigation every year since 2013.
Outside of his practice, Coughlin is involved in the Association of Business Trial Lawyers San Diego, San Diego Bankruptcy Forum and the San Diego County Bar Association.
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San Diego, CA 92101
In the area of real estate litigation, Coughlin primarily represents clients in disputes over commercial real estate sales and leases.
Coughlin regularly represents commercial real estate lenders in all aspects of their business, including general business advice, lien priority disputes, foreclosures, litigation in bankruptcy court, and the defense of lawsuits filed by borrowers in state and federal court.
Coughlin’s business litigation matters have ranged from relatively simple business disputes and contract disputes to complex corporate matters involving disputes between officers, directors, shareholders and other investors. Coughlin also has extensive experience in handling litigation in bankruptcy court, including the prosecution and defense of objections to claims, litigation involving fraudulent and preferential transfers, litigation involving the validity, priority, and extent of liens, stay relief litigation, representation of co-owners of estate assets, representing proposed buyers of bankruptcy estate assets, and representation of bankruptcy trustees.