Mr. Seth Katz joined Burg Simpson in September 2005 after six years with the New York law firm of Seeger Weiss LLP, in which he was a partner. Mr. Katz focuses his practice primarily in the areas of complex, pharmaceutical mass tort, and class action litigation including consumer protection, securities fraud, products liability and commercial litigation.
In addition to his varied professional experience, Mr. Katz is a frequent speaker on electronic discovery, class actions, and pharmaceutical litigation. Additionally, Mr. Katz has spoken on New York state franchise law and class action litigation at the invitation of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association.
Mr. Katz’s current practice involves primarily complex and class action litigation on behalf of aggrieved consumers, corporate shareholders, and property owners, and pharmaceutical mass tort litigation on behalf of those injured as a result of their ingestion of prescription medications and the implantation of medical devices.
Mr. Katz served as Liaison Counsel to the court in a nationwide class action pending in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado against Western Union stemming from Western Union’s practice as it relates to unclaimed funds and failing to provide notice to customers that the funds they wired could not be delivered and failing to adequately return the funds to the sender in a timely fashion.
During his time at Seeger Weiss, Mr. Katz and Seeger Weiss also served as lead counsel in Manavazian v. ATEC Group, Inc., a securities fraud class action, which resulted in a significant settlement for the class, as well as serving as counsel in several other consumer fraud cases against some of the nation’s largest companies such as Apple, IBM, Firestone Tires, Progressive Insurance Company, Allstate, State Farm, and Panasonic.
In 2004, Mr. Katz was one of the lawyers who tried a class action to jury verdict against Allstate Insurance Company due to its failure to fully compensate its policyholders in accordance with the terms of its policy in St. Clair County, Illinois.
Mr. Katz was the inaugural President of The Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association, until July 2013. The Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association is made up of attorneys who are dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for clients who have been injured by defective products, dangerous pharmaceuticals, or other conduct causing large-scale injuries.
The Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association’s goal is to enable members to draw upon the association’s strong training, educational and networking resources so they may derive benefits that were either unavailable or difficult to find on their own.
In addition, Mr. Katz is on the Board of the National Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Katz served on the Editorial Board of the Corporate Observer Blog, a blog dedicated to protecting consumer rights.
Prior to joining Seeger Weiss, Mr. Katz was an Associate at Loeb & Loeb LLP in New York City. There he represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and banking institutions to individuals in a wide variety of complex litigation and pre-litigation matters.
Mr. Katz was part of a small group of lawyers that often performed internal investigations in order to design or modify corporate compliance policies on behalf of Loeb & Loeb’s clients. Mr. Katz was also part of Loeb & Loeb’s white collar criminal practice where he represented clients in a variety of different securities fraud and money laundering matters.
He represented a Fortune 500 company in a governmental investigation of the allegedly illegal transfer of missile technology to China.
- J.D., 1993, Boston University School of Law, cum laude
- B.A., 1990, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with distinction/class honors
- New York, 1994
- Wyoming, 2006
- Arizona, 2014
- U.S. District Court, Wyoming, 2007
- U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2008
- U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2014
- The National Trial Lawyers
- Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association, President, through January 2013
- American Association for Justice
- Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)
- Arapahoe County Bar Association
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