Sean Pittman is the Senior Partner of Pittman Law Group, P.L., which specializes in the areas of government, administrative, and corporate law.
Attorney Pittman represents a diverse client list of private citizens, local governments, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies. Sean prides himself on being trusted legal counsel to cities, counties, hospitals, banking institutions, aviation and port authorities, universities, industries, corporations, and various professional associations.
As a local government lawyer, Sean represents Florida counties and municipalities before the Florida Cabinet, Florida Legislature, and other tribunals. As an administrative lawyer, Sean has a strong understanding of the Florida Administrative Procedures Act, advising clients on matters before the Department of Administrative Hearings and various State of Florida boards and agencies. Sean also provides counsel to local government clients on issues related to Public Finance Law.
The Tallahassee Democrat named Sean one of the “Top Twenty-Five Most Influential People in Tallahassee” and featured him in the article, “Capitol Clout” for being a significant political insider within the constantly changing environs of Florida’s State Capitol. Sean is ranked one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Florida Politics” by Influence magazine and Florida Trend magazine says Sean is “one to look for” in the new wave of politics in Florida and lists him as a “Must Know Contact” in Tallahassee.
Sean is in line to be President of the prestigious Orange Bowl Committee in 2018, is the Founder and Chairman of the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Board of Directors for Hancock Whitney Bank. For his philanthropic endeavors, Sean was awarded the Tallahassee Servant Leadership Award by Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and the 2015 Distinguished Member Award by Leadership Florida. Sean is also the recipient of the Founders Award in 2014 from the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce and the 2016 Heman Sweatt Award by the National Bar Association, for demonstrating community leadership and concern for human and civil rights.
Sean is a co-host of the popular television talk show “The Usual Suspects,” airing on one of the highest watched CBS affiliates in the country. On the show, he analyzes and provides commentary on the latest happenings in state and national politics.
Sean and his wife, Dr. Audra Pittman, reside in Tallahassee where they are raising three daughters Paloma, Pilar and Phoebe.
Sean’s journey into the realms of law and politics began while he was a student at the Florida State University. Sean received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 1990 and went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree in 1994 from the Florida State University College of Law.
While at FSU, Sean’s leadership qualities led him to become the Student Body President and two-time Chairman of the Florida Student Association Board of Directors. Sean also became a member of the Theta Eta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, served as the editor-in-chief of the Black Awareness Newspaper, and was a founder of Burning Spear, Inc. In his second year of law school, Sean was appointed to the Florida Board of Regents by Governor Lawton Chiles.
Florida State University honors Sean’s legacy of leadership by annually awarding the Sean Pittman Leadership Award and Scholarship to an outstanding student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to the student body, university, and community with significant contributions to the welfare and support of African-American students.
In 2001, Sean founded the Pittman Law Group, P.L., a corporate law and governmental consulting firm with offices in Tallahassee and Riviera Beach, Florida. Sean serves as the firm’s president. The Pittman Law Group advocates on behalf of numerous clients, including AT&T, Broward County, The City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, the City of Port Orange, the City of Riviera Beach, the City of Tallahassee, Palm Beach County, the Florida Health Care Association, Florida Crystals, Hospital Corporation of America, TECO Energy, and the Village of Royal Palm Beach.
Since 2002, the Pittman Law Group has hosted the Mayor’s Annual Brunch in Tallahassee, Florida. The Mayor’s Brunch has been attended by Governor Charlie Crist, Congressman Alan Boyd, Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, CNN Analyst Roland Martin, numerous State Legislators, and Tallahassee Mayor and President of the Florida League of Cities, John R. Marks.
Through diligence and hard work, the Pittman Law Group was the proud recipient of the Small Business of the Year Award for 2007-2008, presented by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce for its outstanding contribution to the Leon County area, and also the 2008-2009 Small Business of the Year Award presented by the FAMU Small Business Development Council. For more information on the Pittman Law Group, visit www.pittman-law.com
Labeled by Florida Trend Magazine as the “One to look for” in the new wave of politics in Florida, Sean has been heavily involved in State government over 15 years. Sean commenced his career as a Staff Attorney and Assistant to the Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, (DBPR) serving as an advocate and policy maker on behalf of the department. Sean has been a well respected and recognized legal expert in the legislative process for years and has served on the Miami Herald Legislative Ranking Committee, the City of Tallahassee’s Charter Review Committee, and was appointed to Governor-Elect Charlie Crist’s Transition Team in 2006.
Sean’s experience with governmental affairs has afforded him the opportunity to serve as a Political Consultant to various state and local campaigns, creating a media productions firm for the new millennium. Sean founded ESPMedia Productions Corporation in Tallahassee, Florida in 2007, offering his marketing expertise to build relationships, manage campaigns, and market candidates in races across the state. Today, ESPMedia has expanded to perform traditional marketing services with a non-traditional approach; penetrate the noise. In addition to mainstream marketing, Sean and his team have become experts in marketing to target audiences, especially as it relates to African Americans, Latinos, young professionals, women, and urban communities.
Sean serves as a co-host for the exceedingly popular political talk show, The Usual Suspects, interviewing some of the most influential people in politics and business today. “The Usual Suspects” airs on the CBS Network and is broadcasted in 38 counties across North Florida and South Georgia. Sean has interviewed various national and State political figures, such as, Governor Jeb Bush, U.S. Senator Mel Martinez, and Congressman Alan Boyd. “The Usual Suspects” can be viewed every Sunday morning at 11am Eastern Standard Time.
In May 2011, the Black Educators Caucus honored Sean Pittman with the Community Service Award in appreciation of his many years of unselfish and dedicated service to the citizens and students of Palm Beach County.
In December 2010, Sean contributed $100,000 to the Florida State University College of Law to fund the Sean Pittman Scholarship for minority students. The income from this endowment will be used to award at least one scholarship each year to a minority student who will assist the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators as a law clerk and a policy advisor. The gift to endowment was eligible for a 50 percent match from the State of Florida. The state match was added to the permanent endowment, creating a total endowment of $150,000.
In 2010 Sean committed to the development and construction of the Smokey Hollow Plaza in Cascade Park near Downtown Tallahassee. During the early-to-mid 1900s, Smokey Hollow was the heart of the African American community. The community was known and named for the lingering cloud of smoke from the vibrant festivals and rich foods being cooked over open fire. Cascade Park is an important and enormous undertaking which will illustrate the legendary African American story of Smokey Hollow.
In October 2010, Sean Pittman was honored with the Servant Leadership Award at Leadership Tallahassee’s 16th Annual Distinguished Leadership Awards Ceremony. The award was established to recognize individuals who have demonstrated consistent community leadership by combining efforts in business and nonprofit organizations to achieve results beyond a single field or endeavor.
In June 2009, Sean was elected to serve as the 2009-2011 Chairman of the North Central Division of the Children’s Home Society. He previously served as the organization’s Secretary (2005-2007), Vice Chairman (2007-2009), and Co-Chairman of the CHS’ Resource Development Council.
In January of 2014, Sean Pittman received the Chairman Award representing endeavoring vision, leadership and commitment put forth in growing the footprint of the BBMC. Sean’s contributions helped lay the foundation of the award¹s meaning for future growth.
In 2015 Sean Pittman was elected 2nd Vice Chair of the Orange Bowl Committee. Sean will serve as Orange Bowl Committee President in 2018-2019. Since joining in 2005, his leadership roles within the committee have included; Two terms on the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee, Host Committee A & B, Football, Corporate Partnerships, Nominating, Government Relations, Legal, Field of Dreams, and Marketing to name a few.
As an established and trusted lawyer and lobbyist, Sean’s experiences over the last fifteen years demonstrate his ability to produce results within Florida’s policy making process. Undoubtedly, his service on numerous Boards, and community and civic organizations illustrate the trust his fellow colleagues and Florida leaders have in his abilities.