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Seth A. Stern

Seth has successfully litigated numerous First Amendment, employment, and commercial disputes for clients in the media, financial services and healthcare industries, among others.

Seth’s extensive First Amendment and media experience includes regularly defending defamation and invasion of privacy complaints as well as obtaining access to court records and proceedings for our media clients. Some examples of the latter include opposing closures of hearings and court records in high profile cases involving Drew Peterson, Laquan McDonald and former Mayor Daley’s nephew.

Additionally, Seth regularly represents both plaintiffs and defendants in wage and hour disputes, employment discrimination claims and disputes regarding post-employment restrictive covenants and confidentiality obligations. Seth has also arbitrated several cases before FINRA and other financial industry regulators, including working with other FVLD attorneys to recover an award of more than $1.2 million for a registered financial representative.

Seth regularly consults with FVLD clients to assist them in avoiding litigation and favorably settling disputes before a lawsuit is filed. His litigation experience allows him to anticipate potential pitfalls and provide practical advice so that clients can make informed business decisions regarding their dispute resolution strategies.

Seth’s experience representing large traditional media publishers also provides him with unique insights in advising digital publishers, bloggers and social media users regarding their risks.

Seth spent two summers working at FVLD during law school and joined the firm immediately after graduating. For the last three years, he has served as a co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Media and Entertainment Law Committee. He recently gave a presentation to a Chicago Bar Association committee regarding the EU’s “Right to be Forgotten” procedures for internet service providers. Seth has written for, and been interviewed by, various publications regarding online privacy, defamation and employment law issues.

Before attending law school, Seth worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in the Chicago and Atlanta areas and in Cape Town, South Africa. Seth grew up in the Chicago and Miami areas. In their free time, Seth and his wife and son enjoy trying new restaurants and traveling.


DePaul University, JD, Magna Cum Laude, 2009

Emory University, BA in Journalism, 2005


Contributor to ABA Tips Media, Privacy and Defamation Law, Committee Newsletter

Fair Housing and Online Free Speech Collide, 58 DePaul L. Rev. 559 (2009)

Contributor to Media Law Resource Center 50-State Surveys and Monthly Daily

Committee Membership

Co-Chair, CBA Media & Entertainment Law Committee – 2016-17

Vice-Chair, CBA Media & Entertainment Law Committee – 2015-16