Sean is the most recent addition to Edelstein & Payne. He licensed to practice state courts in North Carolina and Washington State (currently on inactive status), and in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern District of North Carolina, and Western District of Washington Federal Courts.
Cecil graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He represented the law school in a national moot court competition at UCLA in 2005 after placing first in the intra-school competition. After law school, Mr. Cecil began his legal career as a public defender, where he realized a lifelong passion for helping the underprivileged and questioning authority. Following his years as a public defender, Sean opened an office on the 13th Floor of the Hoge building in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood. At the Hoge building, Mr. Cecil's practice focused on criminal defense and civil litigation. Attorney Cecil has been lead counsel in several jury trials, has successfully argued motions in numerous criminal and civil cases, and has represented clients in state and Federal courts as well as countless administrative proceedings.
While in the Hoge Building, Sean was heavily involved with the Urban Indian Law Clinic at the Chief Seattle Club in Seattle, providing mostly pro bono legal services to the club's clientele comprised of city-dwelling Native Americans. In 2012 the Northwest Indian Bar Association presented him with an award for outstanding pro-bono contributions related to Mr. Cecil's work at the clinic.
Mr. Cecil applied for and was awarded a contract to provide indigent defense for Wake County starting in December 2016.
Sean moved to North Carolina in 2014 to be closer to his wife Kathryn's family. They currently reside in Raleigh, NC with their two small children and pit bull terrier Lucille. Mr. Cecil's practice in North Carolina includes criminal defense, personal injury, and the occasional employment law matter.