Sean M. Clapp
Mr. Clapp is the founding attorney of CLAPP FERRUCCI. Mr. Clapp has practiced complex business and real estate law for over 25 years. Prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Clapp practiced at two large Indianapolis firms for twelve years serving as a partner at one for four years before getting the entrepreneurial bug in 2000. Mr. Clapp’s practice concentrates in complex business and real estate transactions and litigation. He has represented clients on wide-ranging business issues including acquisitions, sales, entity formation, licenses, non-competes, directors and officers liability, intellectual property, and strategic partnerships. He has been involved in all phases of commercial and residential real estate, representing builders, lenders, purchasers, real estate brokers, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, sellers, developers, landlords, and tenants. Mr. Clapp also represents many local and regional businesses as general counsel and setting up appropriate estate and succession plans.
Mr. Clapp has written and spoken on a wide-range of real estate and construction matters. He is the author of Avoiding Litigation: A Subcontractor’s Guide to Staying Out of Court, Indianapolis Business Journal (May 25, 1992); co-author of Public Works Projects, Bidding and Bid Protests, Indiana Continuing Legal Education; author of articles entitled Sales Contracts and Real Estate Financing for the Basic Real Estate Law in Indiana seminar at which he served as faculty; and has served as a faculty member for Indiana Construction Law: What to do When . . ., for which he authored articles entitled: What To Do with a Defective Bid; What To Do When it is Time to Sign the Contract; What Do You Do When Contract Performance is Delayed; What Do You Do When the Plans and Specs are Deficient; and What To Do When You Need to Resolve a Dispute. Mr. Clapp also recently served as a faculty member for Mortgage Fraud from A to Z: Battling “For Profit” Schemes for which he authored articles entitled Laws Governing the Mortgage Industry and Litigation Strategies and Tactics. Mr. Clapp presented at the 2012 Solo and Small Firm Conference on a Panel Discussion entitled “Do As I Say, Not As I Did.” In 2013, Mr. Clapp presented Indiana State Bar Association Women’s Bench Bar Conference on “Traps to Avoid in Real Estate and Business Transactions.”
Mr. Clapp has extensive experience in all realms of dispute resolution. Mr. Clapp has participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations. He has tried cases in state and federal court throughout Indiana, and he has successfully argued in the Indiana Court of Appeal, Indiana Supreme Court, Bankruptcy Court, U.S. District Court in both the Northern and Southern Districts, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Clapp has served as Judge Pro Tem in Hamilton Superior Court, a mediator in a complex real estate dispute, and has been appointed as a receiver in a complicated commercial foreclosure action.
Mr. Clapp has served as the Chairman of the Town of Fishers Strategy Planning Committee. In 2009, the Strategic Planning Committee reviewed the existing strategic plan, held meetings to identify issues and goals for the Town, conducted public meetings to obtain citizen input, and then rewrote the Strategic Plan for the Town of Fishers, which was presented to the Town Council for approval. Mr. Clapp and his firm regularly participate as an intern host for Hamilton Southeastern High School’s Law & Government Academy, and Mr. Clapp has volunteered as a judge with Fishers High School’s We the People class.
Mr. Clapp has been an active volunteer for various charitable and civic organizations, including Big Brothers, the United Way, Lutheran Disability Ministries, and the Hamilton County Great Banquet. Mr. Clapp has served on the Board of Directors for the Hamilton County Great Banquet and just completed an appointment as the Community Spiritual Director. Mr. Clapp is a past president of Lutheran Disability Ministries. Mr. Clapp also volunteers with Christ the Savior Lutheran Church, where he has served as Treasurer, Stewardship Co-chair, President, and President of the Mission and Vision Team. In his service for Christ the Savior Lutheran Church, Mr. Clapp prepared requests for and arranged financing for the church's $4 million new building project, prepared and negotiated the construction and architect contracts, and helped administer the project. Mr. Clapp also assisted the church in reorganizing its corporate structure and governing documents. Mr. Clapp currently serves on the Senior Pastor call committee.
In 1985, Mr. Clapp received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with high distinction, from Valparaiso University and was a Mortar Board and Pi Sigma Alpha member. Mr. Clapp was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and was elected and served as treasurer and president. While earning his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1988, Mr. Clapp served on the Editorial Staff of the Indiana Law Journal, was awarded membership into The Order of the Coif, and received American Jurisprudence awards for top scores in Wills and Trusts, Corporations, and Advanced Bankruptcy. In 2012, Mr. Clapp participated in the inaugural class of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Butler Business School for Lawyers from which he was awarded a Certificate of Business Administration.
Mr. Clapp is a member of the American Bar Association's Litigation Section, Construction Forum, Practice Management Section, and Real Estate and Probate Section and a member of the Indiana State, Hamilton County, and Indianapolis Bar Associations. Mr. Clapp currently serves on the Council for the Business Section of the Indiana State Bar Association.
Areas of Practice
- Litigation & Appeals
- Real Estate Law
- Construction Law
- 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Indiana, 1988
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1988
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1988
- Indiana University at Bloomington School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
- J.D. magna cum laude - 1988
- Honors: Order of the Coif
- Law Journal: Member, Editorial Staff, Indiana Law Journal, 1987 - 1988
- Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
- B.A. - 1985
- Honors: High Distinction
- Honors: Member, Mortar Board
- Avoiding Litigation: A Subcontractor's Guide to Staying Out of Court, Indianapolis Business Journal, May, 25th, 1992
- Public Works Projects, Bidding and Bid Protests, Indiana Continuing Legal Education, Co-author
- Sales Contracts, Basic Real Estate Law in Indiana Seminar
- Real Estate Financing, Basic Real Estate Law in Indiana Seminar
- What To Do with a Defective Bid, Indiana Construction Law: What to do When...
- What To Do When it is Time to Sign the Contract, Indiana Construction Law: What to do When...
- What Do You Do When Contract Performance is Delayed, Indiana Construction Law: What to do When...
- What Do You Do When the Plans and Specs are Deficient, Indiana Construction Law: What to do When...
- What To Do When You Need to Resolve a Dispute, Indiana Construction Law: What to do When...
- Ossip Optometry, P.C.
- Ossip Real Estate, LLC
- TP Orthodontics, Inc.
- R&K Investments
- Four Leaf Properties, LLC
- Bank of Camden
- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
- Bank Atlantic
- Cornerstone Inspection Services
- LandAmerica Title Insurance Company
- Chicago Title Insurance Company
- Manta Resources
- Realty Wealth Advisors
- St. Christopher's Episcopal Church
- Indianapolis Concrete
Honors and Awards
- Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards: Wills and Trusts, Corporations, Advanced Bankruptcy
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Indianapolis Bar Association, Member
- Indiana State Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Sections on Litigation and Labor & Employment, Member
Past Employment Positions
- Bose McKinney & Evans
- Johnson Smith, LLP.
- Sullivan Funding Group, Inc., General Counsel, 2000 - 2001
- Pi Sigma Alpha
- Alpha Lambda Delta