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

Education

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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Seth Darmstadter, the co-founding partner of M&R’s Chicago office and member of the firm’s Commercial & Business Litigation Practice Group, innovates alongside his high-growth technology company clientele. He approaches his work on behalf of ad tech, health tech, media tech, tech manufacturing, social media, green energy, music, integrated marketing, and communications businesses as a strategic partner, delivering a solutions-based approach to law and commerce that allows these and other entrepreneurial companies to effectively navigate the crowded and competitive technology landscape.

Many of Seth’s clients are industry disruptors that relish his fierce loyalty, comprehensive vision, forward thinking, and enthusiasm. These traits make him a sought after collaborator and consultant, who provides advice and counsel on everything from strategic business entity formation and initial capital structuring to employment, intellectual property, licensing, insurance, acquisitions, sales and distribution, manufacturing, and leasing matters.

An experienced and accomplished commercial litigator, Seth also 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 breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, partnership disputes, commercial real estate and restrictive covenant litigation, insurance coverage matters, employment conflicts, and tort actions.

When not hard at work, Seth can be found in the kitchen or at one of the many Chicago-area restaurants he frequents. Several of Seth’s restaurant reviews have graced the pages of Chicago Lawyer magazine. He also regularly authors articles for The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Education

Seth earned a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. 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. Seth was an undergraduate at American University, where he was conferred a B.A.

Awards & Special Recognitions

Seth was named to The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine “40 Under Forty” lists in 2014. Also, since 2011, Super Lawyers has recognized Seth as a “Rising Star,” a designation reserved for just the top 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40.

Community Involvement

Seth is a member of the Chicago Leadership Alliance (CLA), an organization bringing together Chicago’s young leaders who collaborate for the betterment of Chicago and its people through a combination of philanthropy, civic engagement, business development, and networking. In addition, he supports the technology ecosystem as a member of Techweek's Executive Advisory Board.

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