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Brian M. Sheahan Partner

Brian "Coach" Sheahan is a partner at Gebhardt & Smith where he has represented small businesses, middle market companies, national enterprises, and international businesses for the last three decades. He is experienced in mergers and acquisitions, real estate development, business and partnership formation, commercial leasing, employment law, international law, and sports law.

Among the examples of clients that Coach has represented are: a national distributor with over $100 Million in annual revenues; a national provider of revenue cycle management services with offices in multiple countries; a professional basketball league; one of the country’s largest trade shows, events and custom exhibits services companies; a publicly traded international auctioneer and asset disposition firm; developers, contractors and real estate firms located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region; telecommunications companies; cyber and other security firms; various internet based businesses; pharmaceutical based enterprises; and a number of manufacturers with annual sales in excess of $25 Million.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Coach started and directed his own business for 27 years, the Mason-Dixon Basketball Camps, which grew into the largest of its kind in the country. Having worn a business-man’s hat himself, he fully appreciates his clients’ business issues and legal needs.

Coach studied Political Science as an undergraduate at the University of Richmond where he earned a B.A. summa cum laude, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was a Rhodes Scholar Nominee, and graduated with a cumulative 4.0 grade point average. It was at the University of Richmond where the moniker “Coach” was cemented. After being sidelined from the varsity basketball team for medical reasons, he continued to earn his full athletic scholarship as the youngest Assistant Basketball Coach in NCAA history at age 19. While at Richmond, he was also the Academic Advisor to the Basketball and Football Teams, the Student Representative to the University’s Athletics Council, a CCD teacher and a Special Olympics Volunteer.

Coach earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was a Dillard Fellow, taught research methods and assisted students with their legal research and writing needs.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1987

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1987)
  • University of Richmond (B.A., 1984)

Basketball Coach for over 40 years (the past 25 years at Towsontowne Rec Council). Liturgy of the Word Minister for over 30 years (the past 20 years at St. Francis Xavier).

Coach has presented on the topic of succession planning for owners of closely held and family businesses to the Construction Accounting Conference of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.

While in college, Coach wrote a book, American Athletics and the Law:  The Sports Triangle, which earned him the James W. Jackson Award For Excellence In Library Research.  Since joining Gebhardt & Smith, Coach has written articles and presented seminars on such topics as insurance issues, hidden liens, the impact of environmental laws on secured loan transactions, and various legal issues that are uniquely important to small businesses and middle market lenders.

Overview

Brian "Coach" Sheahan is a partner at Gebhardt & Smith where he has represented small businesses, middle market companies, national enterprises, and international businesses for the last three decades. He is experienced in mergers and acquisitions, real estate development, business and partnership formation, commercial leasing, employment law, international law, and sports law.

Among the examples of clients that Coach has represented are: a national distributor with over $100 Million in annual revenues; a national provider of revenue cycle management services with offices in multiple countries; a professional basketball league; one of the country’s largest trade shows, events and custom exhibits services companies; a publicly traded international auctioneer and asset disposition firm; developers, contractors and real estate firms located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region; telecommunications companies; cyber and other security firms; various internet based businesses; pharmaceutical based enterprises; and a number of manufacturers with annual sales in excess of $25 Million.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Coach started and directed his own business for 27 years, the Mason-Dixon Basketball Camps, which grew into the largest of its kind in the country. Having worn a business-man’s hat himself, he fully appreciates his clients’ business issues and legal needs.

Coach studied Political Science as an undergraduate at the University of Richmond where he earned a B.A. summa cum laude, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, was a Rhodes Scholar Nominee, and graduated with a cumulative 4.0 grade point average. It was at the University of Richmond where the moniker “Coach” was cemented. After being sidelined from the varsity basketball team for medical reasons, he continued to earn his full athletic scholarship as the youngest Assistant Basketball Coach in NCAA history at age 19. While at Richmond, he was also the Academic Advisor to the Basketball and Football Teams, the Student Representative to the University’s Athletics Council, a CCD teacher and a Special Olympics Volunteer.

Coach earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was a Dillard Fellow, taught research methods and assisted students with their legal research and writing needs.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1987

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1987)
  • University of Richmond (B.A., 1984)
Professional / Community Affiliations

Basketball Coach for over 40 years (the past 25 years at Towsontowne Rec Council). Liturgy of the Word Minister for over 30 years (the past 20 years at St. Francis Xavier).

Presentations

Coach has presented on the topic of succession planning for owners of closely held and family businesses to the Construction Accounting Conference of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Publications

While in college, Coach wrote a book, American Athletics and the Law:  The Sports Triangle, which earned him the James W. Jackson Award For Excellence In Library Research.  Since joining Gebhardt & Smith, Coach has written articles and presented seminars on such topics as insurance issues, hidden liens, the impact of environmental laws on secured loan transactions, and various legal issues that are uniquely important to small businesses and middle market lenders.