Seth's clients include television and radio networks, station owners, cable television networks, production companies, national and local newspapers, magazine publishers, websites, and specialty publications. He also regularly represents advocacy groups and political organizations in enforcing and defending their First Amendment rights. He has successfully handled numerous copyright and trademark disputes for publishers, advertising agencies, and music houses, as well as for publishers focused on unauthorized access to password-protected areas of their websites.
- Successfully argued in the Fourth Circuit on behalf of The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times in securing a ruling affirming the dismissal of a libel case arising out of coverage of General Michael Flynn’s relationship with a Russian graduate student.
- Secured affirmance in the Second Circuit of a FOIA ruling in favor of The Wall Street Journal requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to disclose a report about decades of sexual abuse by Indian Health Service doctors, and then on remand secured an award of The Journal’s attorneys’ fees and costs.
- Successfully obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of a coalition of Maryland newspapers enjoining enforcement of a new Maryland statute that imposed various obligations on websites that publish online political advertising. The federal district court ruled that the statute is subject to strict scrutiny under the First Amendment and is unconstitutional as applied to the newspapers and their websites.
First Amendment Salons, Co-Chair
ABA Forum on Communications Law, past Governing Board
ABA Media Advocacy Workshop, Founder
Recognition & Accomplishments
Chambers USA, Media & Entertainment Law, Washington, D.C., 2008-2022
The Best Lawyers in America, First Amendment Litigation and Media Law, Washington, D.C., 2010-2023, First Amendment Law, 2023
The Legal 500, Media and Entertainment: Litigation, 2020-2022
Co-author, Newsgathering and the Law, Lexis Law Publishing, 5th ed., 2018
"Teach Your Children: High School Students and the First Amendment," Communications Lawyer, July 2008
"Planned Parenthood v. ACLA: Are the Nuremberg Files and 'Wanted' Posters Protected Advocacy or Unprotected Threat?" Communications Lawyer, Summer 2002
Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1991)Brown University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1988)
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court