Seth Sias represents clients in a wide variety of complex commercial disputes and white-collar matters. Seth has experience in state and federal courts and has advocated for clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He has obtained favorable outcomes in pre-trial proceedings, at trial, and on appeal.
Seth counsels clients in a range of industries, including energy, banking, and insurance. He strives to bring into focus the key issues of a case as they relate to clients’ business needs. Seth has handled matters including breach of contract disputes, negligence actions, allegations of securities fraud, and consumer protection laws. His cases have involved diverse issues, such as the design of electrical distribution systems, the management of bond funds, and the regulation of an ERISA employee benefit plan. Seth is also experienced in regulatory and criminal investigations and prosecutions. He has represented clients facing investigations and proceedings by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Additionally, Seth has achieved numerous pro bono successes, including obtaining citizenship for a teenager fleeing from child abuse and securing disability benefits for a veteran. He is currently working with the Northern California Innocence Project to exonerate a man imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. He also engages with his community as an advocate for LGBT rights.
- J.D., Stanford Law School, 2008, Lead Article Editor, Stanford Law & Policy Review
- B.A., Swarthmore College, 2004, with high honors
Areas of Practice
- Defense of a public utility in a breach of contract and negligence action brought by a refinery seeking business interruption losses stemming from a power outage.
- Defense of a high-level mutual fund executive in a SEC enforcement action, shareholder derivative suit, and related civil litigation arising from a bond fund’s investments in mortgage-backed securities.
- Defense of a public utility in a multi-plaintiff class action concerning radiofrequency emissions from wireless meters.
- Representation of private equity clients under investigation by SEC for alleged financial improprieties in the management of certain funds.
- Defense of a bank employee in an insider trading case.
- Defense of a public utility in a putative class action challenging implementation of a customer assistance program.
- Representation of a public utility in an appeal of a trial court’s denial of the right to arbitrate under an alternative dispute resolution provision in a renewable energy power purchase agreement.
- Defense of an insurance company in a case challenging terms of policy offered through ERISA plan.
- Defense of construction companies and sureties in disputes concerning government contracts.
News & Publications
January 9, 2019
February 22, 2017
January 27, 2016
September 28, 2015
May 26, 2015
Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
Bar Association of San Francisco