Edward F. “Ned” Sears

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Edward F. “Ned” Sears
Cox Wootton Lerner
900 Front Street, Ste 350
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 438-4600



Ned Sears joined CWL in 2018. Mr. Sears’s practice focuses on maritime litigation matters. Prior to joining CWL, Mr. Sears practiced at a boutique law firm in San Francisco that specializes in public entity defense.

Mr. Sears received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco. While at U.S.F., he served as Assistant Literary Editor for the U.S.F. Maritime Law Journal and Comments Editor for the U.S.F. Law Review. He also competed in the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition.

During law school, Mr. Sears externed for the Honorable Laurel Beeler at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He also completed summer clerkships in the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C and with Baker McKenzie in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Sears worked as an editor at Oxford University Press in New York. Mr. Sears graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Diplomatic History.


• J.D., University of San Francisco
• B.A., University of Pennsylvania

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• State Bar of California
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