• District of Columbia
  • Kansas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces


  • Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
  • Women's International Shipping & Trading Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Propeller Club
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association


  • U.S. Naval War College, MA
  • Washburn University School of Law, JD
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, BS
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Sean T. Pribyl


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Sean Pribyl focuses his practice on maritime and international law, regulatory matters, litigation, environmental compliance, and white collar criminal law.

Prior to a joining Blank Rome LLP, Mr. Pribyl served for six years as a U.S. Coast Guard officer and attorney, where he gained experience as an attorney-adviser in legal and policy matters related to international and maritime law, national security, major marine casualties, regulatory compliance, internal government investigations, cybersecurity, environmental crimes, maritime law enforcement, piracy, rulemaking, maritime and critical infrastructure security, the Arctic and Antarctic, Suspension & Revocations, and unmanned aircraft and vessels (“drones”). Mr. Pribyl also gained criminal litigation experience as a prosecutor and defense counsel in several cases, including a multi-defendant complex prosecution involving conspiracy and forfeiture counts while detailed as a Special U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.

During law school, he competed on the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, and earned a Certificate of Concentration in International and Comparative Law.

Prior to law school, Mr. Pribyl worked for eight years as a deck officer with American Maritime Officers aboard U.S. or Marshall Island-flagged offshore supply, container, roll-on/roll-off, break bulk, and fiber optic cable vessels.


Mr. Pribyl is an associate member of the Maritime Law Association (“MLA”) Cybersecurity Committee and serves as the MLA YLC Government Counsel Liaison. He is co-chair of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) GPSolo Practice Division Military Lawyers Committee, and vice-chair of the ABA TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee’s Government Relations Initiative.


Mr. Pribyl is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including:

  • 2015, “Outstanding Young Military Lawyer Award,” from the American Bar Association and Judge Advocates Association

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