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Sean P. Callan
Sean P. Callan
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Sean P. Callan “I love reading, writing, thinking, problem solving; I am blessed to work as a lawyer where these skills are required.”

Sean’s practice areas include commercial real estate law, zoning and land use law, corporate law and litigation, including administrative hearings before planning commissions, boards of zoning appeals, and taxing authorities. Sean is rated AV-Preeminent by, the highest possible peer review rating available.


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 listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in both 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, probate and estate disputes, franchise disputes, and land use and zoning disputes. He is recognized for litigation as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Top Trial Lawyers in America.  


On an administrative level, Sean represents clients at planning commissions and boards of zoning appeal throughout Ohio and northern Kentucky. He also represents property owners before taxing authorities in Ohio and Kentucky including county Boards of Revision and the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals. This broad and long litigation experience enhances Sean’s handling of real estate and corporate transactional matters.

Quick Facts


225 West Court Street

Cincinnati, OH  45202


Practice Areas:


Non-Profit Organizations


Real Estate

Land Use & Zoning


Employment & Labor Law




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 New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Missouri


1993, J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law (Order of the Coif)

1990, B.A., Dartmouth College (Graduated with honors)


Recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law since 2012


Named a 2019 Top Litigator by Martindale-Hubbell 

Life Member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum- the top trial lawyers in America




2019 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use & Zoning


Rated AV Preeminent by the highest available peer rating


Professional & Community Affiliations – Board of Directors (2013 – present)


Hamilton County Republican Party –Member, Central Committee (2006-2014, 2018-present), Member, Executive Committee (2011-2014)

Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, Cincinnati – Board of Directors, 2005-2009


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


Alpha Chi Alpha Fraternity – Member


Alpha Chi Alpha Alumni –Board Member


Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International – Member

Presentations & Publications

Housing Forum, Peachtree City, GA, March 25, 2018


Tax Law 2018, Atlanta, GA, March 24, 2018


Q&A With Experts, Atlanta, GA, March 24, 2018


Risk Management Board Presentation, Peachtree City, GA, March 12, 2018


Fraternity Recognition and Zoning, November 2, 2017


Non-binary Gender in a Binary System, Fraternal Law Newsletter, November 2017

Dartmouth College and the Town of Hanover, NH; a dystopian partnership, Fraternal Law Newsletter, September 2017


Fraud, Title IX, First Amendment: The Uncovered Risk within Greek Organizations, Indianapolis, IN, July 12, 2017


Zoning Issues for Closed Greek Houses, Fraternal Law Newsletter, May 2017


Federal District Court Blocks New Overtime Rule; Now what do we do?, Fraternal Law Newsletter, November 2016

Sunrise Session, Fraternal Law Conference, Cincinnati, OH, November 4, 2016


Board Boot Camp – Legal, Denver, CO, September, 2016


Profile – Dartmouth Alumni Magazine – July-August, 2016


Restricted or Unrestricted? That is the Question, Indianapolis, IN, August 23, 2016


Legal Update, Chicago, IL July, 2016