Sean H. Donahue is a founding member of Donahue & Goldberg LLP. His practice is focused on appellate litigation, including environmental cases in federal and state appellate courts, legal counseling, and helping clients communicate effectively to courts, agencies, and other audiences. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of California.
A 1992 graduate of University of Chicago Law School, Sean served as law clerk to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and to Justice John Paul Stevens. He entered private practice at Jenner & Block's Washington office, where he worked on civil matters including in telecommunications and First Amendment law. He then spent four years at the Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, Appellate Section, briefing and arguing cases in the United States Courts of Appeals, and state supreme courts concerning federal environmental and natural resources law, federal property law, takings, and Indian law.
Sean has argued approximately 50 cases in federal and state appellate courts. Since first establishing his own practice in 2002, he has represented environmental and public health organization parties in numerous major environmental and clean energy cases in the Supreme Court and the courts of appeals. His current practice includes representation of public interest organizations, governmental bodies, and private entities in environmental, energy, natural resources, and other cases. Sean has taught courses in environmental law, civil procedure, constitutional law and other subjects at Washington & Lee University School of Law, Iowa College of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center, and currently teaches climate change law and policy as a lecturer at Stanford Law School. He has given presentations at law schools including Berkeley, Columbia, Fordham, Harvard, Duke, Georgetown, Maryland, NYU, Northwestern, Stanford, University of Chicago, University of Florida, Vermont Law School, and Washington & Lee.