Hello! I'm Sean
With both a business and a law degree, I have spent a career representing
Fortune 500 companies, government entities, and high net-worth individuals
in a wide-array of business and legal matters.
2019 - 2020
Business & Legal Affairs;
Contract and Commercial Management
PANASEER LIMITED - LONDON and NEW YORK
In-House Counsel engaged to assist this award-winning cyber-security start-up by offering advice and support regarding sales, marketing, info-sec and licensing. Served to initiate, implement, and enforce complex commercial transactions, company policies and procedures; and I serve as the intellectual property manager. I oversee actual and potential legal disputes and liaise with outside counsel re on-going litigation. I help negotiate the company's mainstay subscription agreements, handle all licensing matters, establish data protection protocols, and Brexit preparedness.
Panaseer's clients include heavily regulated banks and insurance conglomerates. (i.e., Cisco, UBS, Schwab, Wells Fargo, Fanny May, Experian, U.S. Federal Reserve, and the London Stock Exchange). Contracts valued at over £150,000,000.
Contract Management, Negotiation, Drafting, and Enforcement;
Manage Contract Implementation;
Intellectual Property Management;
Dispute Prevention and Resolution;
Litigation Strategy and Coordination;
Oversee All Licensing and Subscription Agreements;
Human Resource Policies and Training;
Vendor and Third-Party Agreements;
Trademark Applications and Appeals;
GDPR Compliance and ISO 17001 Certification Efforts;
Crafted Employee Stock Ownership Plan;
Manage Brexit-Related Matters Including Post-Brexit Status Qualifications;
Draft and Publish White Papers Concerning GDPR, Data Protection, Brexit and CISO Challenges.
SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY - BEVERLY HILLS
Managed all aspects of contracts involving the procurement, marketing, financing and sales of luxury properties in Beverly Hills, Encino, Malibu and greater Los Angeles.
Selected by Sotheby's to participate in (and graduated from) their advanced management training program (MAPP).
Drafted and enforced complex financing agreements; enforcement options, and lead dispute resolution efforts.
Achievements: Managed $50,000,000+ in contracts involving real property; engaged and coordinated financing, escrow, and closing of real property sales.
V.P. Business & Legal Affairs
CINEMA NOW, LLC - LOS ANGELES AND LONDON
Began my tenure by negotiating and implementing the company's divestiture from its parent company (Rovi) and its merger with its new suitor, CinemaNow. Handled all aspects of contract management and legal affairs for this international on-demand media company (much like Netflix). Also responsible for data protection oversight and compliance. Worked with teams of technical engineers from across the globe.
Organized and co-managed implementation teams relative to divestment and merger.
Provided risk and financial advice regarding I.T. outsourcing and build-on-our-own considerations.
Interfaced with all the major U.S. film and media studios involving licensing of digital media rights.
Interfaced with government regulators involving public facing information and data protection.
Negotiated with the lead media trade associations (BMI and ASCAP) concerning music royalties.
Spearheaded effort to go public, coordinated outside counsel, coordinated BDO, oversaw due diligence.
Managed through oversight the human resource department; hired; fired; and crafted policies.
Business & Legal Affairs Consultant
Contract and Commercial Management
ERENSTOFT CONSULTING - LOS ANGELES AND LONDON
Independent contractor for high net-worth individuals and corporations. Most projects involved ad hoc crisis-management and implementation of company policies, contract enforcement, or commercial management. Served to interface with warring parties; interpret and resolve contract disputes; and choreographed litigation through settlement or trial.
Handled start-ups and mature business turnarounds, M&A, funding, liquidation, bankruptcy, tie-ups.
Contract and litigation management: Initiated litigation, hired/collaborated with outside counsel, trials.
Negotiated, drafted and enforced a wide array of commercial contracts across the globe.
Established company-wide contract management processes.
Trained leadership and personnel in contract management and enforcement processes.
Served to bring about collaborative ventures tapping existing staff and resources.
Supplied strategic and ad hoc risk-analysis to stakeholders on a wide variety of commercial ventures.
Served as interim CEO and COO for start-ups and helped integrate permanent staff for those positions.
Managed extremely thin budgets and understaffing challenges while maintaining company morale.
2006 - 2010
Judge (Pro Temp)
LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT - LOS ANGELES
Served as a Superior Court Judge Pro-Temp.
Nominated, trained and served as a judge on temporary (as needed) basis in the
Los Angeles Superior Court. Conducted short trials to decision and issued written decisions and orders.
Predominant matters heard: Contract disputes and regulatory enforcement.
Decided 1000+ trial matters; served as mediator in countless cases.
1994 - 2010
Attorney at Law
Commercial and Litigation Specialist
LAW OFFICE OF SEAN ERENSTOFT - LOS ANGELES
I handled business and legal affairs through trial. Clients included high net-worth individuals, indigents, Fortune 500 companies and start-ups.
Handled all aspects of contract management from origination, negotiation, research, drafting, enforcement and litigation.
Handled all aspects of personal and corporate risk-management, insurance claims, subrogation, arbitration, and litigation.
Prosecuted and defended human resource disputes, litigation, mediation, arbitration, and settlement.
Engaged in complex and class action trial practice.
Tried 42 jury trials to verdict.
Tried 100's of court trials to decision.
Handled limited appeals.
Crafted structured settlements and indemnification claims.
Crafted and proposed legislation.
Whistleblower against public corruption.
1994 - 1996
Senior Corporate Counsel
CAROL WIOR, INC. - LOS ANGELES
Handled a wide-array of business and legal affairs matters for this $20 million/year
manufacturer of women's swimwear. This company was embroiled in several contract disputes involving material suppliers, human resources and the leasehold of the corporate headquarters. I handled and/or coordinated with outside counsel to address risk-management and on-going litigation. Handled intellectual property disputes.
1993 - 1994
Associate Litigation Attorney
LLOYD'S OF LONDON - LOS ANGELES
As a litigation attorney, I handled complex (numerous defendant) litigation involving Fortune 500 companies involved in risk management.
Energy Infrastructure: Handled biomass and windfarm leases and construction matters related thereto.
Complex Contracts: 10 - 50 party construction contract litigation matters.
Multi-Faceted Insurance Claims: Litigated multi-vendor indemnification and subrogation claims.
1991 - 1992
LOS ANGELES DISTRICT ATTORNEY - CALIFORNIA
Prosecuted misdemeanor and felony matters through trial on behalf of the State of California.
1990 - 1991
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY - CALIFORNIA
Prosecuted infraction and misdemeanor matters through trial on behalf of the State of California.
MORRISON & FOERSTER - ORANGE COUNTY
Assigned to business and corporate litigation support duties; research and drafting; discovery review and summary. Matters involved human resource and employment litigation; contract and employee stock ownership disputes.
1989 - 1993
ESQUIRE ATTORNEY TEMP AGENCY - LOS ANGELES
Handled short-term and permanent placement of attorneys and legal support staff during hiring freezes during the United States recession.
1989 - 1992
Juris Doctor (J.D.)
WHITTIER LAW SCHOOL - LOS ANGELES
Besides completing the three-year juris doctor program, I participated in moot court, helped establish the school's Public Interest Law Foundation, was a member of the International Law Society, and wrote for the school's newspaper. Wrote and published a law review article: California's Double-Hearsay Rules Post Proposition 190.
1985 - 1989
Bachelor's Degree (B.S.)
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY - INTERNATIONAL
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Management
Minor: Political Science
Junior and Senior Class President
Sigma Epsilon Fraternity
Collegiate Water Polo (Red Shirt) (1985)
Modern European History; EU Formation
CERTIFICATE: NCFE LEVEL II - DATA PROTECTION AND DATA SECURITY
LICENSEE: CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF REAL ESTATE
Microsoft Word - Advanced
Microsoft ExCel - Proficient
Power Point - Advanced
Wordpress - Proficient
Public Speaking - Advanced
Conflict Resolution - Advanced
Adobe - Proficient
Legal Research - Advanced
Writing Skills - Advanced
English - Mother Tongue
Spanish - Novice
German - Novice
I am most proud of the business relationships I built during my 30 year professional career.
As a prosecutor and litigator, I learned about managing and enforcing compliance while exercising patience and care.
As a middle-manager, I learned about teamwork and organization because it's more efficient than doing otherwise.
I intend that my legacy will be the depth of the relationships I've fostered and the profits I've helped realize.
The entirety of my career can be summed up with these two words.
I have spent the better part of my career helping others to manage and reduce risk.
Not to wax too philosophical but finding solutions to critical matters takes out-of-the-box thinking if you thrive to find the win-win solution.
I've navigated a career's worth of controversies involving life-and-death struggles, business disputes, and corporate negligence. The hard work is grounded in understanding the risks.
LEGAL ANALYSIS AND SOLUTIONS
I.R.A.C. - Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion. This is how I tackle the issues that come up at work. The challenge is figuring out how to define and simplify the Issue that needs addressing. After all, most corporate challenges do not define themselves or point immediately to a solution.
Experience handing a wide-array of business quandaries has helped give me that 10,000 foot view of the issues I face as a consultant.
With decades as a practiced business lawyer, I work with companies to find solutions to challenges; and form processes to avoid them in the future.
This is the value of experience.