Sean M. Raisch
Sean is a member of the Construction and Real Estate Departments, as well as the Business Division. His practice encompasses real estate, finance, construction, and business organizations and transactions. Sean advises clients as they make business decisions and advocates on their behalf in negotiations.
Sean assists buyers and sellers from start to finish in the purchase and sale of residential and commercial real estate by drafting purchase agreements, reviewing abstracts, drafting title opinions, and conducting closings. In larger real estate transactions, he also works with the relevant locality to obtain governmental approvals for the intended use of the real estate. Landlords and tenants also rely on Sean to draft leases and assist with pre-dispute resolutions.
Sean works with commercial lenders with title and loan document drafting and review, as well as facilitating closings. In working through complex transactions, his goal is to reach a flexible solution that both protects his clients and provides a positive outcome for all involved.
Sean works with sellers, buyers, builders, and property owners on their construction projects. He reviews construction agreements to ensure they achieve his client’s objectives and adequately protect their interests as well as assisting with pre-dispute resolutions.
Business Organizations and Transactions
Sean advises entrepreneurs and small businesses on their choice of entity options and how the impact of that decision can change their tax liability and future business options. He represents buyers and sellers in various industries in mergers and acquisitions. Sean also drafts, reviews, and negotiates contracts and agreements to ensure his clients are protected and able to achieve their desired outcome.
Sean has recently:
- Assisted one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. with a $3.6 billion wind project that will result in wind turbines in more than 5 Iowa counties and a projected 2,000 megawatts of power in the state
- Assisted with the sale of a majority interest in an entity to a Fortune 500 company
- Assisted with the sale of a commercial trucking operation for millions of dollars
Awards & Honors
- 2020 Great Plains Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Real Estate
During law school, Sean worked in the Drake Law Clinic, Transactional Business/Non-Profits Clinic, where he worked with small businesses and organizations on business formation, compliance, and non-profit status.
In the fall of 2014, he also externed for Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady. Previously, Sean was a Summer Associate/School Year Associate at Davis Brown from May 2013-April 2014.
While at Drake University Law School, Sean served on the staff of the Drake Law Review and was also on the Executive Board, Master of the Ritual, of the Delta Theta Phi International Law Fraternity.
He received the American Bankruptcy Institute Award as Drake’s Outstanding Student in the Bankruptcy Area and awards for academic excellence in secured transactions, criminal procedure, antitrust, debtor/creditor law, and administrative law. In 2015, he graduated with highest honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Sean studied business, political science, and economics during his undergraduate years at Coe College. In addition, he played baseball for Coe on the 2012 West Region All-Tournament Baseball Team, the 1st Team All-Region 2012, and 1st Team All-Conference 2012. Sean was also inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta honor society.