Sean J. Sawyer District Governor Nominee 2020-2021


SEAN J. SAWYER
Rotary Club of Fairmont, West Virginia, USA

An abundantly active Fairmont Rotarian since 2008, Sean is a Morgantown native of Webster County lineage, now living on family property near his parents and brothers in Preston County, with his wife, Julie, and their five children, Christopher, Chase, Ryan, Nicholas and Corinne.  Being a professional trumpet player since 1987, Sean continues to routinely tour overseas with the WVU Alumni Band, as well as perform with several local groups of various musical genres.  He has also been a lifelong motorcycle rider and enthusiast when, in 2004, he was led to bring his passion and legal abilities to the table as one of the founding members of the MountainFest Motorcycle Rally held annually in July in Morgantown.

Prior to that time, beginning in 1990, Sean attended Fairmont State University (then College), during which time he served as National President of Alpha Phi Sigma and as an intern with the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons, ultimately graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 1994. He joined the Fairmont personal injury law firm of Higinbotham & Higinbotham in May 1996 as a student clerk, went on to earn his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1997 where he was class Vice-President, became an Associate attorney in 1998, and ultimately was invited to become a Partner in the firm in January 2008 in which capacity he continues to serve full-time today.  He is also one of three Higinbotham lawyers admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America, and has appeared before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States, the Northern and Southern United States District Courts of West Virginia, and the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, as well as numerous local State courts primarily located in north central West Virginia.  He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, where his continuing legal education involvement and accomplishments have earned him the status of Advocate with its National College of Advocacy.

Including time as a Rotarian, Sean routinely volunteers a tremendous amount of his time throughout the community as Past President of the Rotary Club of Fairmont, Secretary-Treasurer of his local Neighborhood Watch Association, Treasurer of Preston County Public Service District 1, and Director Consultant of the Integrity BNI Chapter in Morgantown. He also routinely performs pro bono work for victims of domestic violence, certain area businesses and municipal public service districts.  DG Mike Davidson has recently uttered the phrase “these boys run hot” when describing Sean and DGE David Cooper of the Tucker County Club, and our District 7530 expects great things to come from both of them, now and in the future.”