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Seth Darmstadter is the Co-Chairman of the Litigation Department at Raines Feldman Littrell LLP. Prior to joining Raines Feldman Littrell, Seth was the Managing Partner of Michelman & Robinson LLP’s Chicago office, and the firm’s nationwide Class Action & Complex Litigation Practice Leader.

Seth is an innovator who works as a strategic partner, delivering solutions-based approaches to law and commerce that allow entrepreneurial companies to effectively navigate crowded and competitive industry landscapes.

Many of Seth’s clients are industry disruptors that relish Seth’s fierce loyalty, comprehensive strategic vision, forward thinking, and enthusiasm. These traits make him a trusted collaborator and consultant—one who provides advice and counsel not just about law, but business operations as well. Seth is particularly proud of his work as former General Counsel for Outcome Health, where he was an essential part of the turnaround team of senior executives who shepherded the company through a well-publicized crisis involving allegations of systematic wrongdoing by its prior leadership.

An experienced and accomplished commercial litigator and trial lawyer, Seth represents clients in state and federal courts, as well as at arbitration (commercial and labor). Over the years, he has favorably resolved a range of cases, including partnership, commercial real estate, business and contract disputes; unfair competition claims; employment conflicts, breach of fiduciary duty and restrictive covenant litigation; insurance coverage matters; and tort actions. Seth is known for securing early-stage injunctive relief and claim resolution with a relentless focus on aiding his clients in accomplishing their business goals.

A prolific writer, several of his restaurant reviews have graced the pages of Chicago Lawyer magazine. Seth also regularly authors articles for The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and has spoken publicly on several interesting topics, including a presentation to GCs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas regarding optimization of the legal spend.

Professional Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association College of Trial Advocacy (Faculty Member)

Awards & Recognitions

  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine (2020-2024)
  • Notable Litigator, Crain’s Chicago Business (2023)
  • GenX Leader in Law, Crain’s Chicago Business (2021)
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine (2020-2023)
  • Trailblazer, New York Law Journal (2019)
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine (2011-2019)
  • Forty Under Forty, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer (2014)

Community Involvement

  • The Chicago Leadership Alliance