Clifford D. "Seth" Sethness represents West Coast shipping, automobile, hospital, hotel and retail industry clients in wage and hour class actions, and discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuits. The Los Angeles office Labor and Employment Practice group leader, he has tried almost three dozen jury and bench trials in state and federal courts involving race discrimination, sexual harassment, failure to accommodate a disability, retaliation, wage and hour violations, unfair competition, breach of employment contract, and age discrimination.
A former staff attorney with the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Seth works with and, when necessary, litigates against labor unions. He counsels and represents the Pacific Maritime Association, which negotiates and administers maritime labor agreements with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on behalf of West Coast shipping lines and terminal operators.
Seth was involved in the historic Taft–Hartley labor injunction litigation during the 2002 West Coast shipping industry work slowdown. He also was part of the 2008 and 2014 West Coast ports labor negotiations.
Seth is involved in a range of community service activities. He has coached inner city boys’ Little League and basketball teams, and girls' basketball and softball teams. He also has helped build homes for impoverished families in Tanzania, Honduras, and Guatemala; and taught at orphanages in Nepal. Seth serves on the board of directors for the Espwa Orphanage in Les Cayes, one of Haiti’s largest non-government orphanages.
Denison University, 1977, B.A.
George Washington University Law School, 1981, J.D.
Georgetown University Law Center, 1983, LL.M. (Labor Law)
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Finalist, The Recorder’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2013)
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Listed, California's Top Labor and Employment Lawyers, The Daily Journal (2010, 2015)
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2012)
Member, Board of Directors, Espwa Orphanage (Les Cayes, Haiti)