Who is Sean Hayes?

Sean Hayes' Profile
Sean is a 47-year old Irish-Italian first-generation American. Sean's father immigrated from Ireland and his maternal grandfather learned English via the public school system.  Sean is rated a Top 100 lawyer; one of the Top International Lawyers in the world; and he was, recently, head of a team of lawyers that was rated the top Dispute Resolution Law Firm for disputes in Asia.  Sean, also, taught law, ran an international law firm, was a Dean of a United Nation's University and lead the foreign branch of a multi-national company. 


Sean spent nearly two decades spreading democracy, teaching the value in the rule of law, leading multinational companies and challenging some of the world's largest conglomerates in court and in arbitrations in Asia and North America.  He is now coming forward to serve New York City with his talents, experience, problem-solving skills and pragmaticism.  He believes New York needs more balance and pragmatic leaders with business and real world experience.  


  • Associate Professor, Kookmin University College of Law/Santa Clara University.

  • Adj. Professor, Seoul National University, Graduate School of Public Administration.

  • Dean/Professor, International Affairs, UPeace, UN-Delegated University.

  • Columnist & Ombudsman, Korea Times.

  • Constitutional Court of Korea, Research Officer.

  • Quoted, Profiled and Interviewed by Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Bloomberg & Chinese & Korean vernaculars.

  • CEO of branch of major conglomerate

  • Director of a Multinational Company

  • Mets, Giants & Rangers Fan

  • Former Football Player & Personal Trainer

  • World Traveler & Sailor.



  • Seoul National University, Ph.D. Program in Constitutional Law

  • University of London, International Law.

  • QU School of Law, J.D.

  • Santa Clara Law School, Summer Abroad.

  • Fordham University/Fairfield University, BA.



  • Admitted to the New York State Bar

  • Member, New York Southern District Court

  • Member, International Bar Association

  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

  • Member, NY Bar Association

  • Member, NY City Bar Association



  • One of only two non-Koreans rated a Top Attorney by LawAsia.

  • Lead, Dispute Resolution Law Firm of Year.

  • Who's Who in Franchise Law.

  • Who's Who in the World.

  • Rated Excellent (10) by AVVO.

  • ABA Top International Law Blog

  • Best Advice Blog, K-Blog Awards.

  • Top 25 Blog by LexisNexis.

  • Top Blog in AVVO's listing of blogs.

  • Who's Who in Entertainment Law.



  • U.S. Political Question Doctrine Defined, American Journal of Constitutional Law (2015).

  • U.S. Political Question Doctrine Application to Korean Constitutional Law, Korean Const. Court Journal (2014).

  • Korean Franchising, A Global Guide, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters (2018).

  • Korean Employment & Labor Law, Global Legal Insights 6th Edition, Global Legal Group (2018).

  • The Korean Labor Market under the Moon Administration, 2018 Discovering Business, Allurentis (2018).

  • Korean Business in the Global Economy, Chapter in Book (2014).

  • Over 100 Op-Ed in various international publications.

  • Quoted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Korea Times, Korean Herald and various other publications.

  • Taught law classes for Santa Clara University; Seoul National University; Kookmin University; University for Peace; and the Supreme Court of Korea.

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