Seth J. Robbins, a Partner in the firm's litigation practice area, is a product of Suffolk University Law School, where he graduated cum laude, Boston College, and Phillips Academy Andover. Mr. Robbins specializes in handling complex civil and criminal litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. He has extensive experience in trial and appellate practice, alternative dispute resolution, expert witness development, and litigation management.
Mr. Robbins' practice is vast and diverse. He frequently represents individuals and entities in complex business and employment disputes. Mr. Robbins also has extensive tort litigation experience, including disputes involving premises liability, medical negligence, and First Amendment law. In addition, he has developed a significant probate practice, particularly as it relates to fiduciaries alleged to have breached their duties. Mr. Robbins also represents clients charged with crimes in state and federal courts.
Since joining Todd & Weld in January 2006, Mr. Robbins has consistently proved himself an able and fearless advocate. Some of Mr. Robbins' most recent and notable achievements include:
- Securing a highly lucrative settlement on behalf of a local small business against a foreign multi-billion dollar corporation for unpaid commissions.
- Successfully obtaining the dismissal of a $5.5 million defamation case and recovering all attorneys' fees and costs incurred to defend against the frivolous action.
- Defending multiple private equity firms in litigation that lasted five years and, after conducting aggressive discovery, ultimately resolving the case for a small fraction of the plaintiff’s seven-figure damages claim.
- Successfully obtaining summary judgment on behalf of Phillips Screw Company against the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. The Suffolk Superior Court (Ball, J.) held that the DOR violated various statutes and regulations when it sent Phillips' tax information to taxing authorities in other jurisdictions without first receiving a written request for the information. Phillips Screw Company v. Commissioner of Revenue, Suffolk Superior Court, Civil Action No. 2013-00607-G.
- Obtaining a defense verdict after a three-week jury trial on behalf of an executor and successor trustee alleged to have breached various fiduciary duties, and then persuading the Massachusetts Appeals Court to uphold the jury verdict. Kennedy v. Meagher, 2015 WL 5776099 (Oct. 5, 2015).
- Successfully petitioning the Supreme Judicial Court to reform a trust to conform with the objectives of the settlor. Gilpatric v. Cabour, 450 Mass. 1025 (2008).
- Obtaining a judgment of $504,290, including an award for attorneys' fees, against an individual who forged a will and defrauded an estate of several hundreds of thousands of dollars. In re Estate of Pasquale Caia, Middlesex Probate & Family Court, No. 05-4316.
- Securing a favorable settlement, and avoiding a lengthy and costly trial, on behalf of a private equity firm accused of breaching a fiduciary duty to a former employee.
- Securing a favorable settlement against a Fortune 500 company in connection with a former female employee's claim for gender discrimination.
- Securing a substantial settlement shortly after filing suit, and prior to taking any depositions, on behalf of an individual doctor pursuing a claim for defamation against another doctor.
- Securing a favorable settlement on behalf of a company against a former employee and the former employee's new employer, a competitor company, for the misappropriation of the company's trade secrets and the former employee's violation of the company's non-compete and confidentiality agreement.
- Securing a favorable settlement in the State of Ohio on behalf of a Massachusetts real estate development company against an individual and his real estate management company for fraudulent misrepresentations related to the sale of certain real estate.
- Securing a favorable settlement on behalf of an individual for severe personal injuries sustained on premises owned by a corporation that runs a chain of large discount department stores.
- Obtaining a favorable settlement on behalf of an individual severely beaten by bouncers outside a popular Boston nightclub.
- Recovering a substantial security deposit, with interest, on behalf of a company whose commercial landlord unreasonably withheld the deposit after the company lawfully vacated the property upon termination of the lease.
While at Suffolk University Law School, Mr. Robbins was a Note Editor for the Suffolk Transnational Law Review and authored an article on music piracy.