Mr. Sewall is a 1982 graduate of the University of Massachusetts where he received an Honors Degree in American History. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School in 1988 and has been practicing law for nearly 25 years, first in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, where he focused on workers’ compensation and occupational medicine as a writer/editor, and consumer protection, personal injury, family law and estate planning in his legal practice. After relocating to California in 1997, Mr. Sewall became a member of the California Bar and has practiced primarily family law and civil litigation since 1999.
Mr. Sewall brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Firm together with a pragmatic, solutions oriented approach to family law. He prefers to work directly with clients and opposing parties and counsel in a cooperative and congenial manner in order to move cases forward as efficiently and economically as possible. Mr. Sewall has significant court room experience, however he strongly believes that the courtroom should not be the first choice of options for resolving disputes. Given the potentially significant costs, delays, uncertainties, and the general adversarial nature of litigating family law matters in the courtroom, it behooves most parties to consider available alternatives to the traditional method of going to court when parties disagree. Because it always takes two parties (and usually two attorneys) to agree, and only one person to disagree, cases cannot always been resolved through cooperation, mediation, or collaboration; clients in those situations may have no choice but to resort to the court. In those cases, Mr. Sewall believes that being completely prepared to address all issues and all possible scenarios is paramount. Clients who have no choice but to go to court deserve an attorney who knows the facts, the law, and the efficacy of litigating in court in the first place, and who is prepared to present the case in the best possible manner from the outset. Toward that end, regular and direct communication with the client (and witnesses) is crucial.
Mr. Sewall was active in town government and planning while in New Hampshire, having served on the local Zoning Board of Appeals in hometown, ultimately as Chairman of the Board. He co-authored the first edition of “The Use of the AMA Guides to Permanent Impairment in Workers’ Compensation Cases”, published by John Wiley and Sons, and “Workers’ Compensation; the Compensability of Multiple Sclerosis”, 36 Am Jur Trials 573-692. He is a member of the California Bar Association, the Sonoma County Bar Association, and the Family Law sections of each. In his private life Mr. Sewall enjoys live music, classic and historical novels, boating, kayaking, hiking, and quiet time with his family.