Sean Estes joined James Hoyer, P.A., in 2008. He began in the firm’s Consumer Class Action division where he helped represent one of the largest classes ever, involving more than 200 million individuals. The settlement changed the way data aggregators use and disclose information protected by the Drivers Privacy Protection Act. Sean was also a key part of the legal team handling a whistleblower retaliation case, which resulted in a verdict in favor of our James Hoyer client. He is now a partner representing consumers and whistleblowers in the firm’s Consumer Class Action and False Claims Act qui tam divisions.
Sean is a “Double Gator” having graduated cum laude with majors in Economics and Political Science from the University of Florida (B.A., 2005) and cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., 2008). While cheering the Gator football and basketball teams on to four national championships, Sean interned for the Honorable Peter K. Sieg of the Eighth Judicial Circuit and the Office of the State Attorney in Levy County. He also worked as a law clerk for Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, PA. Sean was a Pro-Bono Certificate Recipient and a teaching assistant for the Trial Practice course.
In 2010, he became a member of the Ferguson-White Inn of Court, an organization dedicated to fostering ethics and integrity in the legal profession that was co-founded by senior partner Judy Hoyer. Sean has given accredited CLE courses on the ethics of cloud computing and has also spoken to groups of lawyers and investigators on related ethical issues.
In his leisure time, Sean and his wife Jillian, also a partner at James Hoyer, chase around their two children while rooting on their beloved Florida Gators, all Tampa sports teams, and Sean’s many fantasy football teams.
Sean is licensed to practice in Florida state courts, the Middle District of Florida, and the Western District of Wisconsin.
Play the video below to hear Sean talk about his experience and philosophy in handling whistleblower cases.