Seth Fortin is a commercial disputes litigator who focuses his practice on class actions and complex civil litigation, with particular experience in the automotive, pharmaceutical, energy, supplement and biotechnology industries. From government agencies to sports entities, Seth has represented a broad range of clients before state and federal courts across the country.

Throughout his career, Seth has maintained an active pro bono practice. Most recently, he filed an amicus brief with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of the Havasupai Indian tribe and represented an indigent defendant in a criminal RICO proceeding.

Seth earned his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where he was awarded the Order of the Coif, graduating second in his class. He was named a Michael T. Masin Scholar, awarded the Julian Eule Prize in constitutional law and acted as an articles editor for the UCLA Law Review.

During his time in law school, Seth first served as a law clerk for Federal Public Defender’s Capital Habeas Unit and as an intern at the US Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice. After law school, he was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Judge Dean D. Pregerson in the US District Court for the Central District of California.

Prior to pursuing a path in the law, Seth served in the United States Army and Army Reserve as an intelligence analyst and linguist, studying Korean and Arabic.

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  • Routinely represents a global automotive manufacturer in class action lawsuits.
  • Defended a major pharmaceutical company against claims relating to opioids marketing.
  • Represents various entities in the supplement industry in negligence cases.
  • Assists health insurer in a variety of litigation matters.
  • Defended a real estate consultant in a lawsuit brought by a municipal pensions fund.
  • Served as litigation counsel for a major publisher in an antitrust case.
  • Litigated a biotech trade secrets case through summary judgment and settlement.
  • Successfully negotiated the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against a sports entity arising from the cancellation of events due to COVID-19.
  • Advised a client on gaming laws and their application to new technologies.
  • Represented a regional power authority in disputes regarding the sale of electric power and the funding of nuclear power plants.

Education

  • UCLA School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2014
  • University of Chicago, BA Hons, 1995

Admissions

  • Georgia, 2018
  • California, 2015
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