Sean F.X. Dugan
"I am a lifelong student of the dynamics of group decision-making engaged in by every jury. The side which better comprehends these dynamics generally obtains a just result for their client, regardless of the extent of the devastating injuries suffered."




Senior Trial Partner Sean F.X. Dugan’s proficiency in the law and persuasive oratory skills are exemplary, but it’s his keen understanding of the psychological dynamics of the jury decision-making process that makes him an extraordinarily effective defense attorney. Many of Sean’s most difficult cases involve catastrophic injuries and bereaved family members, and he is particularly adept at presenting a defense that carefully navigates this emotionally fraught terrain while keeping the jury focused on the larger picture. This talent is exemplified by a favorable verdict he recently obtained from a jury in a complex and sensitive case—the same jury that had displayed tears of compassion for the plaintiff during the trial. Sean’s 42+ years of civil trial experience include:.

  • Representing individual physicians, large and small medical and physician groups, and various health care professionals and institutions in all aspects of medical malpractice, professional liability, and product liability claims.
  • Defending, on behalf of a publicly traded provider corporation, all dialysis cases filed against it in New York State.
  • Defending clients in complicated exposure claims involving mold, asbestos, lead, silicone, Hepatitis C, and various medications.
  • Mediating complex matters pending in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.

Sean has attained more recognition than is possible to list here. Notably, he is a member and past President of the N.Y.C. Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a member of the Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York. He is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and as a Charter Fellow by the Litigation Counsel of America. He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Law and is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®, their highest rating. Sean has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America© since 2019 for Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and received a Lifetime Achievement award from America’s Top 100 Attorneys.

Sean has published in several peer reviewed medical and scientific journals, including New York State Journal of Medicine, and For the Defense™. He is frequently asked to make presentations to various departments within client medical institutions concerning a wide range of topics, and he is a sought after lecturer to surgeons, hospital administrators, claims personnel, attorneys and other professionals in a variety of settings, meetings and seminars.  


  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Bar Association – Dispute Resolution Section
  • New York State Bar Association – Professional Liability Section, Committee on Professional Discipline
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Health Lawyers Association


Pace University School of Law; LL.M.; Environmental Law
State University College at Oneonta

Bar Admissions:

United States Supreme Court
Second Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the State of New Jersey
United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
New Jersey
New York


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