Founding Attorney Sean Flood
Attorney Sean Flood is an experienced military criminal defense attorney
and the founder of The Law Office of Sean Flood PLLC. Mr. Flood represents
clients at Fort Campbell, KY, as well as those located in Clarksville,
TN and on military bases throughout the United States and the world. At
the firm, he focuses his practice on all aspects of
military criminal defense law, handling complex cases involving
drug offenses and urinalysis,
administrative investigations, and more. Mr. Flood uses his considerable skill and inside knowledge
of the system in order to build powerful legal defenses on behalf of his clients.
Born and raised in Des Moines, IA, Mr. Flood moved to Worcester, MA after
graduating high school in order to attend the College of the Holy Cross.
There, he double-majored in history and political science and served on
the Judicial Council of the Student Government Association. He also earned
a varsity letter in Division I Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field and,
in his senior year, became captain of the track team. During his undergraduate
years, Mr. Flood embodied the student athlete ideal, consistently making
both the Dean’s List and Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Following the completion of his undergraduate studies, Mr. Flood spent
a year waiting tables and bar-backing in Boston before going on to attend
law school at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. After one year at Creighton
University, he transferred to Drake University Law School in Des Moines.
There, he served as a student law clerk for the United States Attorney’s
Office of the Southern District of Iowa and, later, as a certified student
attorney in the Drake University Legal Clinic: Advanced Criminal Defense
Clinic – Trials. At the Drake University Legal Clinic, Mr. Flood
represented real clients in misdemeanor cases in the Iowa court system
and discovered his passion for criminal law.
During his time in law school, Mr. Flood wrote for the prestigious
Drake Law Review as a junior staff member. Further, as part of his affiliation with the
Drake Law Review published his Note on the federal enforcement of illegal immigration in
the State of Iowa in 2009. Throughout his years in law school, Mr. Flood
was also active with the American Bar Association – Law School Division.
In May of 2009, Mr. Flood graduated Drake University Law School with honors.
Prior to passing the Illinois state bar exam, he served as Special Assistant
Corporation Counsel at the City of Chicago Department of Law: Torts Division
for the people of Chicago. There, he represented and defended the City
of Chicago and its employees in lawsuits involving negligence and intentional
tort claims. He obtained invaluable experience in drafting pleadings,
handling dispositive motions, researching memoranda, and conducting depositions.
His first jury trial even took place at the famous Daley Center in downtown Chicago.
While he was still in law school, Mr. Flood was selected by the United
States Army for a commission into the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
He received his commission in October of 2010 and successfully completed
the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course at the Judge Advocate General’s
Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA in February of 2011 and
graduated from the Basic Officer Leadership Couse at Fort Benning, GA.
While en route to his first duty station, Mr. Flood completed the Sabalauski
Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, KY, earning the Air Assault Badge.
In April 2011, Mr. Flood arrived at the I Corps Office of the Staff Judge
Advocate at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. His leadership assigned
him to run the installation’s two tax centers for redeployers, as
well as for the 2012 tax centers. Mr. Flood successfully led—with
an amazing team of noncommissioned officers—a team over 25 soldiers
to complete over 8,500 federal and state tax returns, generated over $16,650,000
in refund, and saved the installation’s client base over $1,325,000
in preparation fees. On top of his tax center duties, Mr. Flood also completed
legal assistance duties, including drafting General Officer Memorandum
of Reprimand (GOMOR) and Financial Liability Investigations of Property
Loss (FLIPL) rebuttals, and provided legal advice to service members and
Mr. Flood’s leadership then assigned him to work in the Administrative
Law Section of the I Corps Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. As an administrative
law attorney, he served as a legal adviser to commanders within I Corps
on investigations into senior leader misconduct, line of duty determinations,
property loss, issues involving sexual harassment and equal opportunity
violations, and death and suicide investigations. Mr. Flood also advised
on Article 32 investigations prior to the revision of Article 32, and
he also served as one of the first judge advocate preliminary hearing
officers under the revised Article 32. He also took on additional duties
as a part-time military magistrate, authorizing search authorizations
upon probable cause and hearing cases regarding pretrial confinement for
soldiers accused of court-martial offenses. Mr. Flood’s time as
an administrative law attorney provided a solid foundation of knowledge
regarding how the Army operates—lessons he took into his next position.
Mr. Flood left I Corps and transferred to the newly reactivated 7th Infantry
Division in November of 2013. There, he served as a trial counsel (prosecutor)
for the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, an aviation unit that consisted
of over 3,000 soldiers. A few months after he arrived, Mr. Flood deployed
with the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade to Afghanistan as part Operation
Enduring Freedom. While continuing on with his trial counsel duties, Sean
also advised on the Rules of Engagement, Law of Armed Conflict, and other
operational law categories for his brigade, which included AH-64E Apaches,
in strikes against the Taliban. As a trial counsel, Mr. Flood’s
case load included cases involving accusations of murder, rape, theft
of military property, drug possession and dealing, assault, and military offenses.
In July of 2015, Mr. Flood’s next assignment took him to Trial Defense
Service, Fort Campbell Field Office at Fort Campbell, KY as a trial defense
attorney where his passion for representing soldiers through the military
justice process thrived. Roughly three weeks after his arrival at Fort
Campbell, he tried his first court-martial as a defense counsel. Throughout
his time at the Trial Defense Service, Mr. Flood engaged in extensive
courtroom litigation including motions practice,
voir dire, cross examination, opening statements, and closing arguments. His caseload
covered accusations of murder, rape, sexual assault, child rape and sexual
assault, child pornography, drug use and possession, aggravated assault,
assault consummated by a battery, and absence without leave. Although
focused on the primary mission of courts-martial, Mr. Flood assisted and
represented hundreds of soldiers throughout the region, including those
at Fort Polk and Fort Rucker, with administrative separation actions and
boards, non-judicial punishment, adverse administrative actions and investigations,
and suspect rights advisements.
Following his time at the Trial Defense Service, Mr. Flood was assigned
to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). After completion
of Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA in July of 2017, he deployed with
his unit to Northern Syria to help fight the Islamic State. Mr. Flood
advised on the Rules of Engagement, the Law of Armed Conflict, and other
operational law issues, including partner force operations. He also advised
on complex fiscal law issues relating to the National Defense Authorization
Act and the Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund.
Following redeployment, Mr. Flood taught a two-hour block of instruction
on partner force operations and the application of the Rules of Engagement
at the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School
to other judge advocates in all branches of the armed forces. Mr. Flood
also once again took on military justice actions as a prosecutor. Mr.
Flood deployed again to Northern Syria and advised his commanders in their
fight against their eventual victory against the Islamic State and destruction
of its caliphate. As of this date, Mr. Flood has more time serving in
Syria than any other judge advocate.
- College of the Holy Cross: Bachelor of Arts, History and Political Science, 2005
- Drake University Law School: Juris Doctor, 2009
- License: Illinois (2009), Iowa 2010 (2010 – inactive)
- Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course (2011)
- Basic Officer Leadership Course (2011)
- Air Assault School (2011)
- New Prosecutor’s Course (2014)
- Intermediate Trial Advocacy Course (2015)
- Advanced Trial Advocacy Course (2016)
- Defense of the Damned, Trial Lawyer’s College (2016)
- Airborne School (2017)
- Intelligence Law Course (2018)
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