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Sean Christy is a trusted business and legal advisor to many public and privately-held companies in complex business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology outsourcing (ITO) transactions; strategic IT products and service; software licensing, maintenance and development agreements, including software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing arrangements; internet-related and other technology-based service agreements; and other strategic procurements. He represents clients in their most critical strategic initiatives, ranging from global transactions by multinational corporations to the core business deals of early stage start-up companies.

Sean’s role as a business and commercial advisor to his clients is often a critical component in his clients’ success. He is known for providing guidance on strategic direction, analyzing client operations, selecting suppliers, scope, pricing, providing post-transaction support, counseling on trans-governance disputes, audit defense, and other key commercial issues his clients face throughout the lifecycle of their deals.  

Sean’s work is often recognized for delivering significant savings, improved service capability and increased business agility for his clients.

Sean has substantial experience advising clients in the financial services (including financial technology), hospitality, consumer products, utility, energy and online data/analytics industries. He has represented clients across the globe, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. 

Prior to joining Bryan Cave, Sean was a partner in the outsourcing and software systems integration practice group of another international law firm. His knowledge of and experience with telecommunications and outsourcing precede his private law practice. He previously led a capture team for a major telecommunications company, which included advising clients on and negotiating managed network services and telecommunications outsourcing agreements for large government and enterprise clients.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Chambers USA: Outsourcing (Up and Coming), 2018
    • Legal 500 United States: Technology: Outsourcing
    • Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star (2016-2017)
    • Volunteer, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
    • Volunteer, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta
    • Member, Mercer University Stetson School of Business Alumni Advisory Board (2012-2016); Board of Visitors (2016-current)
    • Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star (2016-2017)
    • Volunteer, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
    • Volunteer, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta
    • Member, Mercer University Stetson School of Business Alumni Advisory Board (2012-2016); Board of Visitors (2016-current)
    • Volunteer, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta
    • Member, Mercer University Stetson School of Business Alumni Advisory Board (2012-2016); Board of Visitors (2016-current)
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Publications

  • “In Their Words | Using Analytics and AI in Legal Practice,” Georgia State University Magazine, Spring 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • “Automation — The New Frontier and What it Means for Your Vendor Arrangements,” Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Chapter, CLE Luncheon, July 10, 2018
  • "What Really Matters: Picking Battles in SaaS and Cloud Services Negotiations," Bryan Cave 2018 In-House Counsel Institute, March 9, 2018; ICLE GA 36th Annual Business Law Institute, October 12, 2017
  • "When Does It Matter: Practical Tips for Contract Negotiations and the Disputes that Follow," ACC Georgia Chapter, CLE Luncheon, June 13, 2017
  • "Improving Website Accessibility," Georgia Bankers Association Webinar, January 5, 2017
  • “What Really Matters: Picking Battles in Contract Negotiation,” Association of Corporate Counsel Southern California Chapter, CLE panel discussion, August 2, 3 and 23, 2016.
  • “Best Practices around Agile contracts,” Bryan Cave LLP, June 16, 2016
  • “Effective Strategic Services Sourcing Practices,” 2016 In-House Counsel CLE Institute, January 29, 2016
  • “The Evolution of the Technology and Sourcing Space Industry,” Metro Atlanta CEO, January 20, 2016
  • “Information Technology and Business Process Services Arrangements - Creating Leverage to Drive Supplier Timely and Proper Performance and Pricing,” 2014 In-House Counsel CLE Institute, 2014