Background

Mr. Seese is a seasoned litigator with broad experience representing and advising clients involved in complex commercial litigation. He represents a range of domestic and foreign clients—including mid-market firms, closely-held businesses, and private individuals—in federal and state courts and arbitrations across the country and globally. Mr. Seese assists clients in finding cost-effective, innovative, full-scoped ways to resolve and prevail in their business disputes and litigation-related matters.

Federal Court Cases

  • Obtained health insurance administrator’s complete dismissal from nationwide class action case involving RICO and ERISA allegations (D.Colo.)
  • Obtained seven-figure judgment for UK manufacturer agINST US buyer (E.D.N.Y.)
  • Obtained stay of federal lawsuit in order to enforce arbitration clause on behalf of franchisee in dispute with franchisor (D.Colo.).
  • Represented FDIC as Receiver in multiple bankruptcy proceedings, leading to successful recovery of substantial carry-back-loss tax refunds
  • Successfully represented numerous plaintiffs and defendants in trademark/copyright infringement actions

State Court Cases

  • Successfully defended Colorado-based ski wear label in contract dispute with former sales representatives (Colorado)
  • Successfully moved to dismiss securities fraud and civil theft claims on behalf of Swiss client and secured award of attorney’s fees (Colorado)
  • Defended international financial services company in nation-wide class-action, resulting in very favorable settled resolution (Georgia, Minnesota)
  • Secured very positive recovery on behalf of private jet owner in dispute with charter management company (Colorado)
  • Assisted in defending global civil engineering firm in $84 million, 100-day jury trial that resulted in complete defense verdict (Missouri).

Arbitration

  • Represented a leading REIT in arbitration against heirs of the Howard Hughes estate over earn-out agreement involving a Las Vegas master-planned community, leading to complete win for the REIT (AAA).
  • Participated in representing Republic of Turkey in obtaining favorable ruling in ICC arbitration related to the Marmaray Project, €2.9 billion infrastructure project (ICC)
  • Represented ousted LLC member in arbitration against his former LLC partners, and obtained award of more than double the buyout amount offered by former partner and six-figure attorney’s fees award (JAMS)

Articles & Presentations

Practice Areas

  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Business torts
  • Breach of contract
  • Construction & engineering disputes
  • Infrastructure litigation
  • IP and trade secrets litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Closely-held business disputes
  • Real estate litigation
  • Securities litigation

Education

  • B.A., English, University of the South, 1996
  • J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law (Order of the Coif), 2003
  • Managing Editor, Washington & Lee Law Review, 2002-2003

Prior Professional Experience

  • Associate, DLA Piper LLP (2006-2013)
  • Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (2004-2006)
  • Law Clerk, the Honorable Stanley F. Birch, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2003-2004)

Admissions

  • Colorado
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • New York
  • District of Columbia (Inactive)
  • Virginia (Inactive)
  • Georgia (Inactive)
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (Inactive)
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Inactive)