Charles K. Seavey’s legal career has focused in a few key areas, although the most important cases are often in-between these traditional boundaries. We accept and develop cases based primarily on social impact, and we often perform on a contingency basis. We work with whistleblowers and confidential informants. Sometimes people send envelopes or boxes of documents, with no return address, to our office address in San Francisco.
We have generated, investigated, and/or litigated important cases in the following areas:
Our Intellectual Property practice involves protecting the rights of innovators and creators, including inventors, startups, and businesses, against major technology companies.
Our Securities Fraud cases lie at the crossroads of criminality and accounting. It is perpetrated by intelligent white-collar criminals represented by sophisticated lawyers. Usually neither the defendants nor their lawyers – nor in many cases the federal judges overseeing the cases – consider the conduct to have consisted of little more than creative or aggressive conduct in gray areas. The key to winning these difficult cases is to file complaints when you are already prepared to win at trial – with smoking-gun evidence, witnesses, and an unshakeable legal theory.
Our Antitrust practice concerns anticompetitive behaviors such as price-fixing, monopolization, collusion, bid-rigging, and tying. Like securities fraud, antitrust cases play to the strengths of our firm because they generally involve complex economic and financial data and analysis. But these cases also share, with securities fraud cases, difficulty in surviving even a motion to dismiss in federal court.
Our Consumer Fraud practice concerns defective products, deceptive marketing, false billing, or other unfair business practices. These cases are especially viable under California law.
Unfair Labor Practices involve mistreatment and manipulation of employee, including discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, failing to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled employees, or failing to pay workers all wages that they are owed. As the establishment and enforcement of minimum labor standards is a state matter, we bring these cases under California law.