Manley Burke - 225 West Court Street - Cincinnati, OH 45202 - Tel: 513-721-5525

Sean P. Callan

 Best Lawyer - 2016



Miilion Dollar Advocate


Sean's practice areas include business law, commercial real estate, corporate (in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors) and commercial litigation, including administrative hearings before planning commissions, boards of zoning appeals, and taxing authorities. An AV®-rated attorney who is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Sean is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Multi - Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Top Trial Lawyers in America®.  In addition to his work with the business community, Sean has extensive national experience representing Greek letter organization such as fraternities/sororities, foundations and house corporations.

In the commercial real estate arena, Sean advises owners and developers on the full range of issues confronting them from initial land acquisition, through permitting and right-to-build challenges, to financing, leasing, and ultimately disposition. Sean frequently speaks and writes on real estate issues, and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Real Estate Law and Land Use and Zoning Law.

In the corporate world, Sean advises closely held for-profit companies as well as non-profit and tax exempt entities. His advice covers a broad spectrum of issues including corporate governance, corporate "best practices", mergers and acquisitions, employment issues, grant-making and maintaining tax-exempt status.

Finally, Sean represents clients in the courtroom and before administrative agencies. He has litigated a variety of cases including contract disputes, boundary and real estate disputes, franchise disputes, and land use and zoning disputes. On an administrative level, Sean represents clients at planning commissions and boards of zoning appeals throughout Ohio and northern Kentucky, including the NKAPC. He also represents property owners before taxing authorities in Ohio and Kentucky including county Boards of Revision and the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals. As a member of the   Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Multi - Million Dollar Advocates Forum,  and Top Trial Lawyers in America,  Sean has proven ability to represent clients in complex, high value litigation.  This broad and long litigation experience enhances Sean's handling of real estate, business and corporate transactional matters.

Phone: 513-763-6751
Email: [email protected]


  • Listed in the Best Lawyers® in America in Real Estate Law and Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Rated AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member of Million Dollar Advocates ForumMulti - Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Top Trial Lawyers in America®.

Professional and Community Affiliations

    • Board of Directors, 2013 – present
  • Ohio Bar Association Mentor, 2013 - present
  • Member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • Dartmouth Lawyers Association
  • Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, Cincinnati
    • Board of Directors, 2005-2009
  • Hamilton County Republication Party
    • Member, Central Committee, 2006-2014
    • Member, Executive Committee, 2011-2014


  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Pro Hac Vice admissions in various Indiana counties
  • Pro Hac Vice admissions in Pennsylvania and Missouri

Typical Publications and Presentations

  • Legal Trends – NIC Annual Meeting, April 14, 2013
  • Legal Panel – Institute for Greek Advancement, January 24, 2013
  • Public/Private Partnerships in Greek Housing; Does the Reward Justify the Risk?, January, 2013
  • Fraternal Law Conference, November 9-10, 2012
  • The Chapter House Rules; How Corporate Structure can Handcuff a House Corporation, November, 2012
  • Legal Update at THE Foundations Seminar, August 28, 2012
  • “Your Actions Have Consequences” – Social Media, July 6, 2012
  • IRS Exempt Organizations Division Recaps Accomplishments – Hints at Future Areas of Interest, March, 2012
  • Hazing and Risk Management – Purdue University, November, 2011
  • Hazing and Risk Management – University of North Florida, September 8, 2011
  • Legal Update at THE Foundations Seminar, August 19, 2011
  • States Ramp Up Regulation of Nonprofits – With Help From the Feds, July 2011
  • Chapter Advisor's Training, Risk Management, June 2011
  • House Corp. Officers Training, Issues in Greek Housing, June 2011
  • IRS Posts Automatic Revocation List: Are You and Your Chapters Still Exempt?, June 2011
  • National Officers; Training, Risk Management, March 2011
  • What's New With CHIA?, February 2011
  • Deadline Extended for 2010 Charitable IRA Rollover, January 2011
  • IRS Modifies Filing Thresholds, January 2011
  • New Private Letter Ruling Disregards Separate Existence of a Charity and Related Noncharity, January 2011
  • Legal Update at THE Foundation Seminar, August 2010
  • IRS Denies Exemption to Local Fraternity Foundation Providing Scholarships to Chapter Members, August 2010
  • IRS Gives Some Non-Filers One Last Chance, August 2010
  • National Convention, Hazing and Risk Management, July 2010
  • National Convention, Tax Issues for House Corporations, June 2010
  • Loss of Exemption Under Group Ruling Requires Full Re-Application, January 2010
  • Whether and Where to Register Your Foundation, January 2010
  • THE Foundations Seminar, Annual Legal Update (August 2009) and Follow-Up to Annual Legal Update, September 2009


  • 1993, J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law (Order of the Coif)
  • 1990, B.A., Dartmouth College (Graduated with honors)

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Robert E. Manley

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