Clifford D. Sethness

Clifford D. "Seth" Sethness is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice and has been practicing exclusively labor and employment law for more than 30 years. He is the practice group leader for the Labor and Employment Practice in Los Angeles. Mr. Sethness handles and oversees the labor and employment law litigation and advice for the West Coast shipping industry through his wide-ranging representation of the Pacific Maritime Association.

A former staff attorney at the National Labor Relations Board, Mr. Sethness has an active litigation practice representing shipping, trucking, retail, hospitality, and transportation industry clients in wage and hour and other types of class actions and discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuits. He has tried more than two dozen employment law jury and bench trials in state and federal courts, including several for the shipping industry. He has tried the full range of employment-related claims, including wrongful termination, race discrimination, sexual harassment, failure to accommodate a disability, retaliation, wage and hour violations, California Business & Profession Code Section 17200, breach of employment contract, and noncompetition obligations, among others.

Mr. Sethness actively works with and, when necessary, litigates against labor unions; was involved in the historic Taft-Hartley labor injunction litigation during the 2002 West Coast shipping industry work slowdown; and was part of the recent 2008 West Coast ports labor negotiations.

Mr. Sethness was named one of California's "Top Labor and Employment Lawyers" by The Daily Journal in 2010.

Mr. Sethness is also actively involved in community service. In past years, he has coached an inner city boys' Little League baseball team and an inner city boys' basketball team, as well as coaching girls' basketball and softball teams. Mr. Sethness has also volunteered to build homes with impoverished families in Tanzania, Honduras, and Guatemala, and has volunteered to teach at orphanages in Nepal and, most recently, Haiti. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Espwa Orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti, one of the largest non-government orphanages in Haiti.

Mr. Sethness is admitted to practice in California, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

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Areas of Practice 1) Labor & Employment, 2) Systemic Employment Litigation, 3) Employment Counseling & Litigation, 4) Labor-Management Relations & Labor Disputes, 5) California Wage & Hour and 6) Noncompetition Agreements & Trade Secrets
Law School The George Washington University Law School
Education Denison University (B.A., 1977)
Bar Member / Association State Bar Of California, State Bar Of Washington, State Bar Of District of Columbia
Most recent firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
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