Sean D. Auton

Sean D. Auton

SEAN D. AUTON is a partner in HMB's Business and Finance Group.

Sean's clients are predominantly high-growth companies, ranging from start-ups to more established entities.

What they all have in common is precisely what sets them apart in their industries: an entrepreneurial spirit, an unwillingness to maintain the status quo, and an appreciation of the value that a counselor-style lawyer can provide to their top and bottom lines.

Sean provides a "counselor-style" approach to delivering legal services. His clients rely on him for their transactional needs, such as contracts and agreements, but also fully trust he will provide expert advice on "big picture" needs to help them realize the business goals behind the legal documents. They also appreciate that he will be uncommonly accessible to their needs - living their same sense of immediacy.

"The perfect client is someone who has reached a point where they need a higher degree of expertise and more counseling, such as a start-up with significant aspirations or a successful business that wants to break through to the next level. They are looking for someone to help them build their business, not just execute legal documents."

He has in-depth experience structuring or restructuring organizations, helping leaders find and create the optimal structure to meet their objectives, whether it's for the purpose of encouraging growth and investment or for taking the best advantage of tax laws.


Select Personal Details

  • Past Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association's Business Law Committee
  • President of the board, Facing Forward To End Homelessness
  • Black belt in Taekwondo with his two sons (also black belts)

"Having put myself through school and working so hard to build my own practice, I personally understand that business owners rely on legal counsel to help grow their business and also to make sure they do not lose something they worked so hard to build."


Areas of Concentration

  • General counsel services
  • Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Manufacturing/distribution companies - providing counsel for critical business needs such as OEM agreements, joint ventures and partnerships
  • Private equity groups - structuring funds, acquisition and growth of portfolio companies, fundraising, investments, and strategic acquisitions
  • Professional Services firms - especially medical and dental practices
  • Technology companies - including developers and support companies


  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association


Industries Served

  • Automotive Manufacturing & Dealerships
  • Banking
  • Construction
  • Entrepreneur/Start-Up Companies
  • Financial Services
  • Information Technology
  • Leasing Companies
  • Logistics
  • Service Companies
  • Specialty Finance




      • Contact Information
      • Bar Admissions
        • Illinois  (2001)
        • Michigan  (1995)
      • Education
        • University of Michigan, J.D., 1995
        • University of Michigan, B.A., 1992

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