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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.  He 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

  • Member, Downtown Seattle YMCA Board of Managers, 2007-2009
  • Member, Downtown Seattle YMCA Membership Committee, 2005-2009
  • Member, King County Judiciary and Courts Committee, 2004



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Past Appearances


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


University of California Davis School of Law, J.D., 2000

  • Senior Articles Editor, UC Davis Law Review
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Writing

University of Washington, B.A., Psychology, magna cum laude, 1997

Honors | Recognitions

  • Named by peers as one of Washington's "Rising Stars" in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2003, 2004 and 2006-2014
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for Commercial Litigation, 2010
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