Industry Associations

  • Techweek (Executive Advisory Board Member)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Professional Affiliations

Federal Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association College of Trial Advocacy (Faculty Member)

Chicago-Kent Trial Team (Coach)

Community Involvement

The Chicago Leadership Alliance


Chicago-Kent College of the Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D.

American University, B.A.

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Seth E. Darmstadter

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Full Bio

Seth Darmstadter is the Co-Founder of Michelman & Robinson, LLP’s (M&R’s) Chicago office and a member of M&R’s Commercial & Business Litigation Practice Group, handling complex commercial, employment and insurance coverage matters. He has successfully tried both bench and jury trials in state and federal courts, as well as commercial arbitration proceedings and labor arbitrations. He has favorably resolved a range of disputes, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, partnership disputes, commercial real estate litigation, restrictive covenant litigation, insurance coverage matters, employment conflicts, and tort actions.

Mr. Darmstadter has extensive experience representing high-growth emerging technology companies and regularly advises his innovative clients on issues including strategic business entity formation; initial capital structuring; business sales and acquisitions; licensing; human resources and employment law consulting; equity incentive programs; sales and distribution agreements; manufacturing agreements; and office space lease and buildout negotiations.

Passionate about innovation and industry disruption, Mr. Darmstadter prides himself on his ability to work with clients as a strategic partner, helping them navigate the crowded and competitive emerging technology landscape. He represents individuals and companies in creative and technology fields, including ad tech, health tech, media tech, the green energy industry, the music industry, social media companies, integrated marketing and communications firms and other entrepreneurial companies. His fierce loyalty, strategic thinking, comprehensive vision and enthusiasm make him a sought after collaborator and consultant.

Awards & Special Recognitions

Mr. Darmstadter was named to the “40 Under Forty” list in 2014 by The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine. Super Lawyers has recognized him in each of the past six years as a “Rising Star;” a designation reserved only for the top 2.5 percent of lawyers who are either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less. When in law school, he received a CALI Award for Future Excellence in Trial Advocacy and was a Member of Chicago-Kent’s National Trial Team.

Community Involvement

Mr. Darmstadter is a member of The Chicago Leadership Alliance (CLA), which provides a community for Chicago’s most ambitious, benevolent and well-connected young leaders. The CLA collaborates for the betterment of Chicago and its people through a combination of philanthropy, civic engagement, business development and networking.

He supports the technology ecosystem as a member of Techweek's Executive Advisory Board.

He writes regular columns for Chicago Lawyer magazine and is one of the publication’s restaurant critics, writing a bi-monthly food column titled “Counsel’s Table.” He also regularly authors articles for The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

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