Sean R. Malone
Member/Attorney at Law
Sean R. Malone is a versatile advocate engaged in a very diverse practice. Effective for his clients before all three branches of government, Malone is renowned as a complex problem solver. In recent years, he successfully represented a variety of business entities before the Maryland General Assembly, was a member of the trial team that secured the full acquittal of a wrongly accused Baltimore City police officer at both the criminal and administrative levels, successfully negotiated labor contracts in Howard, Harford, and Anne Arundel Counties, Newark and Dover, Delaware, tried an arbitration on behalf of Anne Arundel County, prevailed in a high-profile police misconduct case, and was a vital member of the negotiating team on the Sagamore Development Company’s successful effort to obtain $535 million in tax increment financing from the City of Baltimore.
Malone joined HJM in 2008 and draws on his broad public and private sector experience to provide clients with strategic advice and counsel on a range of legal, labor and municipal/state government issues. Having served at the highest levels of both state and local government, he offers keen political and practical insight on state management policy/operational matters.
As a result of his representation as a lobbyist, Malone’s clients have realized many legislative accomplishments, including securing bond bill funding for Baltimore’s Hollins Market, amending provisions to the 2014 Minimum Wage bill to protect his client’s interest, redrafting and passing the Fairness in Negotiations Act, assisting with drafting and amending automated purchasing machine legislation, successfully advocating for the passage of “Jake’s Law”, the repeal of Maryland’s Death Penalty, enactment of the Civil Marriage Protection Act, effectively amending Governor O’Malley’s Workplace Fraud Act to ensure the fair treatment of private contractors, working with a coordinated team to pass legislation to enable the use of speed cameras throughout Maryland, securing business-friendly amendments to the statewide earned sick leave mandate, defeating numerous legislative initiatives which would have imposed unreasonable conditions on Maryland businesses, and successfully working in a pro bono capacity for the House of Ruth to pass several bills designed to protect victims of domestic violence.
Since 2009, Malone has served as the chief labor negotiator for Howard County, where he has successfully negotiated contracts for all of Howard County’s bargaining units without impasse or resorting to mediation or arbitration. Malone’s extensive background in public sector labor negotiations enables the firm to serve a broad range of both public and private sector clients. Malone is also currently retained by Anne Arundel and Harford Counties for labor matters. In 2015, Malone successfully tried a collective bargaining arbitration on behalf of Anne Arundel County and then in 2017 negotiated a directed verdict for Anne Arundel County.
As a labor negotiator, Malone has negotiated over 150 public sector labor contracts, achieving over 98% of the agreements without the aid of mediation or arbitration. While primarily a management negotiator, he has represented police bargaining units in Maryland and Delaware. During the 2014 Legislative Session, combining his knowledge of the legislative process and his ability as a labor attorney, Malone negotiated amendments to a Baltimore County collective bargaining agreement. These amendments provided correctional officers enhanced due process protections and alleviated the need for legislation.
Malone has been named a ‘Maryland Influencer’ by Campaigns & Elections Magazine for his work around the state and for close to 10 years he has ranked among Maryland’s most prominent lobbyists. Furthermore, Malone has assisted, among others, the Silver Diner, Beacon Health Options, XEROX State and Local Solutions, Inc., Ashburton Dental, Diamond Pharmaceutical, and HMR of Maryland, LLC in procurement matters at the state and local level.
Before joining HJM, Malone served as Deputy Legislative Officer in the Governor’s Office of Legislative Affairs, under Governor Martin O’Malley. Malone assisted in the creation, drafting and lobbying of the Governor’s legislative agenda and oversaw agency legislative efforts in labor, collective bargaining, public safety, economic development, veteran’s affairs, administrative law, and judicial proceedings. In addition to his role in the Governor’s Legislative Office, Malone also acted as the State’s Chief Labor Negotiator, successfully drafting and negotiating contracts for each of the state’s seven collective bargaining units.
Before joining the Governor’s Office, Malone was Labor Commissioner for the City of Baltimore from September 2003 to January 2007. As a member of the Mayor’s cabinet, Malone was a trusted advisor to the Mayor on labor and political matters. Known as a “tough, but fair” negotiator, Malone drafted, negotiated and implemented 16 multi-year city-wide labor contracts and acted as a hearing officer in grievance proceedings. Working closely with union leadership, Malone negotiated a “return to work” policy for all city agencies that ended the long-standing permanent light duty status of hundreds of city employees by returning them to work or assisting the employees in securing retirement benefits. Also, during his tenure as the Labor Commissioner, Malone represented the City’s Administration before the legislature in Annapolis during the 2005 and 2006 Legislative Sessions as a member of the Mayor’s government relations team; he also represented City agencies and the Administration before the City Council.
For more than three and a half years, and before his tenure as Labor Commissioner, Malone was a member of the command staff for the Baltimore Police Department, serving as the Department’s Chief Legal Counsel and Chief of Professional Standards. Malone provided legal advice to the Police Commissioner on employment, criminal and administrative law issues. He successfully litigated cases before administrative trial boards, the Baltimore Circuit Court, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals during his tenure.
Malone honed his litigation skills, initially, as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore County after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law. In 2017, he entered his 20th year as a member of the Maryland Bar.
Admitted to Practice:
State of Maryland
University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD (J.D., 1998 – Magna Cum Laude)
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA (M.P.A., 1991)
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD (B.A., 1988)
Named a ‘Maryland Influencer’ by Campaigns & Elections, Magazine, 2011; University of Baltimore Heuisler Honor Society; Staff, University of Baltimore Law Review; Regional Champion, University of Baltimore ATLA Trial Team; Teaching Assistant, University of Baltimore Legal Research and Writing; and Angelos Academic Scholarship Recipient.
Gun Trace Task Force Legislative Commission, Member 2018- (Speaker’s appointment); State Athletic Commission Member, 2011-2017 (Governor appointment); Steering Committee Member, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for Mayor (2011); Steering Committee Member, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Council President (May, 2007-November, 2007); Steering Committee Member, Ken Ulman, Howard County Executive (May, 2006-November, 2006); Field Advisor, Martin O’Malley for Governor (January, 2005-November, 2006); Field Advisor, Martin O’Malley for Mayor (June, 2003-November, 2004); Field Coordinator, Martin O’Malley for Mayor (June 1999-November 1999); Field Advisor, Lenore Gelfman, Circuit Court Judge (February, 1996-November, 1996); and Campaign Manager, Councilman Martin O’Malley (May, 1995-November, 1995)
Past & Present Professional Membership:
Commissioner, Maryland State Athletic Commission; Maryland Government Relations Association; and Maryland State Bar Association