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Seth Berntsen is a litigator, with a particular focus on employment litigation on behalf of businesses and entities of all sizes.

Seth has represented employers in litigation concerning wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, non-competition, and other employment matters. He has considerable experience representing educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and other employers in defense of claims brought by former and current employees. Additionally, Seth has significant experience with advice and litigation over noncompetition agreements and trade secrets. He has also represented commercial clients in contract, tort, product liability, real estate, and personal injury litigation.

Professional Activities

  • King County Judiciary and Courts Committee, 2004

Community Activities

  • Downtown Seattle YMCA
    • Board of Managers, 2007-2009
    • Membership Committee, 2005-2009



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Blog Posts

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances


  • Washington, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2001


  • J.D., University of California Davis School of Law, 2000
    • UC Davis Law Review, Senior Articles Editor
    • American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Writing
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Washington (magna cum laude), 1997

Honors & Recognition

  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers List, 2003-2004 and 2006-2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent Lawyers for Commercial Litigation, 2010
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