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Sean Ryan focuses his practice on the defense of architects, engineers, contractors, and other professionals against design and construction defect, delay, and professional liability claims through arbitrations, mediations, and state and federal courts. He also represents professionals in matters such as copyright protection, as in the case of an architect for whom Sean secured a $225,000 damages award and a $900,000 overall damages settlement agreement arising from the unauthorized use of his client’s copyrighted designs.


Prior to joining Bardsley, Benedict + Cholden, Sean worked as an attorney at a Fortune 100 company. He completed a clerkship with the Honorable Robert F. Kelly in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and, while in law school, clerked for the Honorable Frank T. Hazel in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas.


In addition to his focus on the law, Sean enjoys international travel. While living and studying in Valparaiso, Chile several years ago, he traveled throughout South America, and also explored Europe while studying law in the University of Miami School of Law’s semester abroad program.


Sean’s favorite journey, however, might be to the Final Four. A proud graduate of Villanova University and devoted Wildcats basketball fan, he attended both of his alma mater’s championships in 2016 and 2018.


  • Member, Villanova University Alumni Association


  • Villanova University, B.S., Business Management 2004
  • Widener University, J.D. 2009
  • George Washington University, School of Law, LL.M., U.S. National Security and Foreign Relations Law 2010

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2009
  • New Jersey, 2016
  • Federal District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2016

Practice Areas

  • Professional Liability
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Defect
  • Construction Delay Claims
  • Design Defects/Error & Omissions
  • Administrative & Regulatory Violations
  • Architects & Engineers
  • Copyright Protection for Design Professionals
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Risk Management
  • Appellate Practice


  • Honorable Robert F. Kelly, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, February 2012-August 2015
  • Honorable Frank T. Hazel, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, May 2007 – August 2007


  • Level One CLM Claims College School of Construction Casualty Claims