Clifford D. “Seth” Sethness does not just litigate employment law cases; he tries them. Seth represents West Coast shipping, automobile, hospital, hotel and retail industry clients in wage and hour class actions, discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuits, and unlawful employment practices litigation. He has tried more than thirty jury and bench trials in state and federal courts, as well as dozens of labor and employment arbitrations, involving alleged race discrimination, sexual harassment, failure to accommodate disability, retaliation, wage and hour violations, unfair competition, whistleblowing, breach of employment contract, and age discrimination.
In 2015, Seth defended Yusen Terminals in a three-week trial in Los Angeles Superior Court involving a marine clerk’s allegations that she had been unlawfully retaliated against during a training program. The plaintiff, represented by well-known Los Angeles trial lawyer Mark Geragos, sought millions of dollars in the case. The jury returned a defense verdict.
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 an orphanage 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.
The George Washington University Law School, 1981, J.D.
Georgetown University Law Center, 1983, LL.M. (Labor Law)
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017)
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America (2016, 2018)
Recommended, The Legal 500 US (2016 & 2017)
Recognized, California's Top Labor and Employment Lawyers, The Daily Journal (2015)
Member, Board of Directors, Espwa Orphanage (Les Cayes, Haiti)
Member, Executive Board, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section