While he may not be any more good looking than Marshall Butler, Sean in comparison actually enjoys being in the front of the room. An active Rotarian since 2008, who now resides near his parents and brothers, with his wife, Julie, their five children, Christopher, Chase, Ryan, Nicholas and Corinne, and a countless brood of household pets, Sean is most proud of the worldwide relationships he has made by routine volunteering throughout the local, state, and international communities. Since serving two years as an Assistant Governor in former District 7530, he followed by being only the second District Governor of newly merged D7545 in 2020-21, and now serves as its District Membership Chair for 2021-24. In his local Fairmont (WV) Club, Sean, a two-time Rotarian of the Year has served as Secretary, two-time Treasurer, and Club President. He also currently serves as the Mountain Valley Regional Coordinator and as a Board Member for the Mid-Atlantic Rotary Leadership Institute.
A professional trumpet player since 1987, Sean has been afforded regular opportunities to learn from and perform alongside legendary musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, and Doc Severinsen, just to name a few. Now 35 years later, he continues to tour abroad with the West Virginia University Alumni Band, most recently performing in Spain, Italy, France, Monaco, Germany, and Switzerland. Locally, don’t be surprised to see him still flexing his chops at WVU and Morgantown High School events and homecomings, in several regional cover band horn sections, and as a member of the Mountain State Jazz Quintet and the Morgantown Municipal Band.
Vocationally, Sean has spent the entirety of his legal career assisting personal injury victims with the law firm of Higinbotham & Higinbotham, PLLC in Fairmont, WV. Beginning as a summer clerk in 1996 and now as partner and co-owner, Sean specializes in automobile, motorcycle, commercial vehicle and general traffic liability litigation, as well as general personal injury, premises liability and professional medical negligence, having previously appeared before the full bench of the Supreme Court of the United States. He has served on the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Association for Justice for over twenty years and is a member of the American Association of Justice, where his continuing legal education involvement and accomplishments have earned him the status of Advocate with its National College of Advocacy. He also routinely performs pro bono work for victims of domestic violence, certain area businesses and municipal public service districts.
Having most recently been invited by the Governor of West Virginia to sit on the Board of Workforce West Virginia, Sean continues to serve as a Board member of the Disability Action Center, his local neighborhood watch program, and work as a trumpet, marching band, and jazz ensemble instructor at Waynesburg (PA) Central High School. Despite such accolades, Sean still aspires to one day when he grows up to be a deep-sea fishing captain.