Sean Wright provides strategic advice and counsel to clients in all areas of political law, including federal and state campaign finance law, election law, gifts and ethics rules, and lobbying registration and disclosure. Building on his role as a former Federal Election Commission (FEC) attorney and federal prosecutor, Sean helps guide politically engaged individuals, tax-exempt organizations, companies, trade associations, and other groups to comply with the complex rules governing political advocacy. Sean is a problem-solver and is passionate about helping his clients achieve their strategic and political goals.
In assisting his clients, Sean brings the experience and perspective of a former regulator and federal prosecutor. Prior to joining Venable, he was an attorney in the Policy Division of the Office of General Counsel at the FEC. He also served as special counsel to Commissioner Ann M. Ravel, where he advised the commissioner on litigation, enforcement, and policy matters. A significant portion of Sean’s practice includes advising clients on compliance with FEC and state campaign finance laws and regulations. He helps clients structure their fundraising, spending, and communications to comply with FEC and state rules.
Sean also served as a special assistant United States attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he investigated and prosecuted violations of federal criminal laws, presented before federal grand juries, appeared before federal magistrate and district court judges, and prepared criminal litigation documents and appeals.
Earlier in his career, Sean worked on the legal policy team for the Center for American Progress, where he researched and wrote reports, white papers, and policy analyses on campaign finance, voting rights, civil rights, and criminal law. He also clerked for the Honorable Beryl A. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Sean’s specific areas of experience include:
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Managing Editor and Staff Editor, Ohio State Law Journal