Sean Walton, Jr.

Top rated personal injury attorney in Columbus, Ohio

Walton + Brown, LLP
Sean Walton, Jr.
Walton + Brown, LLP

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Civil rights, Employment litigation; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 2011

Education: Capital University Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2023
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Walton + Brown, LLP

395 E. Broad St.
Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215 Visit website


Background: Sean L. Walton, Jr. is a talented and highly sought-after litigator who focuses his practice on complex serious personal injury, wrongful death and civil rights matters. Sean takes an aggressive and innovative approach with every case, looking to utilize his legal acumen to fight for his clients each step of the way. For his work, Sean has been named a Rising Star in Ohio by Super Lawyers, a distinction only 2.5% of attorneys receive. He has also been named Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers, the American Society of Legal Advocates, the National Black Lawyers, and the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. Sean is a nationally respected trial attorney, frequently speaking on topics ranging from civil rights and police misconduct to trends and best practices in personal injury and civil rights litigation. For his work in advocating for victims, Sean has been interviewed or featured in national media outlets such as The Washington Post, New York Times, NBC Nightly News, CBS Nightly News, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, The Guardian and more. He has been named as one of ten “People to Know in the Law” by Columbus Business First magazine.


Prior to forming Walton + Brown, LLP, Sean was an attorney with The Cochran Firm, the prestigious firm founded by legendary attorney Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. He has also spent time working throughout Ohio in law firms focusing in the areas of personal injury, civil rights, mass torts, criminal defense, employment discrimination and workers compensation. He uses this diverse experience to help his clients navigate complex legal issues.

Sean is also a Certified Contract Advisor with the National Football League. He represents athletes as co-founder of ELITE Sports and Entertainment Agency, LLC.

Education: Sean holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a focus in African American Studies from the University of Cincinnati, where he was a Coca-Cola Darwin T. Turner Scholar. He earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Capital University Law School while attending on the Presidential Merit Scholarship.

In the Community: Sean is a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Association for Justice (AAJ). The AAJ provides trial attorneys with information, professional support and a nationwide network that enables them to most effectively and expertly represent clients. Sean is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ). The OAJ is devoted to strengthening the civil justice system so that deserving individuals can get justice and wrongdoers are held accountable.

Sean is a member of the Board of Directors of the Capital University African American Law Alumni Association. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Africentric Personal Development Shop, Inc. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Black Lawyers, an invitation-only organization comprised of America’s top young attorneys who take pride in advocating for individuals, families and business in the American legal system. He is also a Fellow in the 2019 African American Leadership Academy. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Awards: Rising Star, Super Lawyers; Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers; Top 40 Under 40, National Black Lawyers; Top 40 Under 40, American Society of Legal Advocates; Top 40 Under 40, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys; 10 Best Attorneys - Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys; Who’s Who in Black Columbus; People to Know in the Law, Columbus Business First; 2017 Emerging Leader, University of Cincinnati African American Alumni Affiliate; 2017 Leadership Academy Graduate, American Association for Justice.

Family Life: Sean is married and lives with his wife Jennifer and daughters Sabella and Skyla in Columbus, Ohio. Sean is a native of Dayton, Ohio.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Civil rights, Employment litigation: plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal bites, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Dram shop laws, Construction accident, Brain injury, Sexual abuse - plaintiff, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff, Police misconduct, Race discrimination, Discrimination, Employment discrimination, Wrongful termination, Retaliation

  • 50% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 40% Civil rights
  • 10% Employment litigation: plaintiff

First Admitted: 2011, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Fresh Forward: An Open Discussion on the State of Black America and the Role of the Black Lawyer
  • Speaker, Black Lives, Blue Lives, All Lives: How These Movements Hit Home, Ohio State Bar Association, 2016
  • Excellence in Leadership, University of Cincinnati, Emerging Black Lawyers, National Bar Association
  • Speaker, Columbus International Program, Ohio State Bar Association, 2016
  • Presenter, Camera in Action: Documenting Police Violence Using Cell Phones, Ohio State University, 2016
  • Speaker, Teaching Tolerance: Understanding the Justice System, Ohio Dominican University, 2015
  • Presenter, Next Steps: Understanding and Responding to Racism and Inequality in our Communities and Abroad, Denison University, 2015
  • Speaker, Protected or Persecuted? How Do We Go From Endangered to Empowered, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. District Convention, 2016
  • Speaker, Our Lives, Our Police, Our Community Solutions Forum, Denison University, 2016
  • Protected or Persecuted: How Do We Go From Endangered to Empowered, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. District Convention
Educational Background:
  • Capital University Law School, Juris Doctorate, 2011
  • University of Cincinnati, Bachelor of Arts, Majors: Political Science with a minor in African American Studies, 2007
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Contract Advisor, National Football League Players Association, 2012
Representative Clients:
  • Victims of Police Violence and Excessive Force:, 2016
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Columbus Bar Association Trial Skills Institute - Plaintiff's Counsel, 2016
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board of Directors, Africentric Personal Development Shop, Inc., 2017
  • Board of Directors/Chairman, Small Firm & Solo Practicioners Committee, John Mercer Langston Bar Association, 2017
  • National Police Accountability Project, Member
  • Vice-President, Board of Directors, Capital University African American Law Alumni Association, 2017
  • Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, Member
  • Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 2017
  • Executive Committee, National Black Lawyers
  • Member, 100 Black Men of Central Ohio, 2015
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, American Association for Justice, 2017
  • Member, Ohio Association for Justice, 2017
  • Member, National Crime Victim Bar Association, 2017
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association, 2017
  • Member, National Bar Association, 2017
  • National Police Accountabillity Project (NPAP), 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40, The American Society of Legal Advocates, 2017
  • Fighting the Police: Sean Walton and Chanda Brown’s Quest for Justice, Columbus Monthly Magazine, November 2016
  • Who's Who in Black Columbus, Who's Who Publishing Company, 2016
  • 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys - Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2017
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40, 2017
  • Emerging Leader Award, University of Cincinnati African-American Alumni Affiliate, 2017
  • People to Know in Law, Columbus Business First, October 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Black Lawyers, 2017

Office location for Sean Walton, Jr.

395 E. Broad St.
Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-636-3476


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2023

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