Areas of Practice
  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 2008, Lead Article Editor, Stanford Law & Policy Review
  • Swarthmore College, B.A., with high honors, 2004
Bar & Court Admissions
  • California
1 Market Street
Steuart Tower, Suite 1800
San Francisco CA 94105
TEL: +1 415 365 6716
FAX: +1 415 365 6699

Seth Sias, an associate in Steptoe’s San Francisco office, has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of complex commercial disputes and white collar matters.  Mr. Sias has experience in both federal and state courts and has advocated for clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.  He has obtained favorable outcomes for clients in pre-trial proceedings, at trial, and on appeal.

Mr. Sias has represented clients in a range of industries including energy, banking, and insurance, and he is known for digging into the facts of a case to understand the key issues and his clients’ businesses so that he can determine how best to meet their needs.  Mr. Sias’ matters have included breach of contract disputes, negligence actions, allegations of securities fraud, and consumer protection laws.  His cases have involved diverse issues including the design of electrical distribution systems, the management of bond funds, and the regulation of an ERISA employee benefit plan.

Mr. Sias is also experienced in regulatory and criminal investigations and prosecutions, having represented clients facing investigations and proceedings by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Mr. Sias also maintains an active pro bono practice and is engaged in his community, where he has advocated for LGBT rights.  He is currently working with the Northern California Innocence Project to exonerate a man serving time in prison for a crime he did not commit.  Mr. Sias has achieved numerous pro bono successes in the past, including obtaining citizenship for a teenager fleeing from child abuse and securing disability benefits for a veteran.

Representative Matters

  • 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.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
  • Bar Association of San Francisco