Seth Fortin is a commercial disputes litigator who focuses his practice on complex civil litigation with particular experience in the energy, banking, construction, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. From government institutions 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 University of California, School of Law, where he was awarded the Order of the Coif for graduating second in his class and was a Michael T. Masin Scholar. He was also 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 in Los Angeles, then traveled to Washington DC to join the US Department of Justice as an intern at the 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 US Army and Army Reserve as an intelligence analyst and linguist, studying Korean and Arabic.

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    • Defended a major pharmaceutical against claims relating to the opioids marketing.
    • Represented 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 brought by DOJ to block merger.
    • Litigated a biotech trade secrets case through summary judgment and settlement.
    • Prosecuted and defended actions related to the allocation of groundwater rights in California.
    • 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 California gaming laws and their application to new technologies.
    • Represented a regional power authority in disputes regarding contracts for the sale of electric power and the funding of nuclear power plants.
    • Advised a government entity on compliance with open records laws.
    • Litigated a case regarding the construction of a large-scale fertilizer plant.
    • Represented a major bank against a defaulted real estate developer.

    Education

    • University of California 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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