Edward Seidel is a Senior Counsel in Cooper, White & Cooper LLP’s San Francisco office. Mr. Seidel devotes his practice to general litigation, contract disputes, real estate and construction matters and environmental law, and has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts as well as in binding arbitrations. Mr. Seidel’s practice also includes professional liability, employment law and products liability matters.
In the last five years, Mr. Seidel has successfully arbitrated four major cases, all of which resulted in large awards for his clients. Since 2013, Mr. Seidel has served as faculty at a weeklong skills seminar at his alma mater of Tulane Law School in the area of civil litigation.
Mr. Seidel is also an update author to the 2018 edition of the CEB series on Construction Contracts, Defects and Litigation. In January 2019, he also presented as faculty on the topic of Eminent Domain Proceedings at NBI’s seminar titled “Local Government Law: What Attorneys Need to Know”.
Mr. Seidel is a graduate of Miami University in 1995, where he received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science. He received his J.D. in 1998 from Tulane Law School, where he graduated cum laude. At Tulane, Mr. Seidel served as the President of the Public Interest Law Foundation.
Mr. Seidel is a member of the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Examples of Some Notable Results
- Co-chaired an extensive arbitration against a publicly traded steel company represented by a large international law firm, and obtained a multi-million dollar judgment in favor of a minority partner for breaches of fiduciary duty by the majority partner. In this case, extensive self-dealing in respect to an improperly taken partnership business location opportunity and converted scrap metal profits in the auto recycling business were proven. (October, 2018)
- Co-chaired an arbitration resulting in a seven figure plus award in favor of a real estate purchaser client scammed in an international money laundering scheme. Both fraud and negligence were found against several perpetrators, including one who was specifically found to be the alter ego of an insolvent signatory to a contract with an attorneys’ fees clause. (July, 2018)
- Obtained a public retraction and apology from plaintiffs who made civil rights claims against a neighbor as a way to leverage support in their dispute with an HOA regarding their dispute over applications of the HOA’s CC&Rs. (June, 2018)
- Won a seven figure Superior Court judgment on behalf of a real estate investor client against his Russian partner, for Elder Abuse and breaches of fiduciary duty. (September, 2015)
- Obtained a payment of over $36 million to our clients, four heirs of a steel magnate’s fortune, following prosecution of a probate court action against their step-mother which sought return of the father’s separate property assets on the contention that the step-mother had caused the clients’ Alzheimer’s-ridden father to make transfers under conditions of undue influence and elder abuse. (August, 2014)
- Successfully obtained a large binding arbitration award for his client in a breach of contract matter between former business partners arising out of the sale of their company and the subsequent disposition of the company’s stock. (July, 2012)
- Successfully obtained a large binding arbitration award for his client in a subrogation matter between an architect and a mechanical engineer arising out of claims of defective work at a science center. (March, 2012)
- Successfully quashed purported service of process in a significant enforcement of guaranty action under the International Hague Service Convention. (February, 2012)
- Successfully resolved a years-long and hard-fought lawsuit arising out of a dispute over real property rights between a landlord and a cable television provider. (December, 2011)
- Successfully defeated claims in bankruptcy court by a group of franchisees that, if successful, might have permanently closed a large pizza franchise. (October, 2011)
- Successfully persuaded an insurance company to reinstate an improperly cancelled life insurance policy. (September, 2011)
- Obtained a defense judgment in favor cable television provider in a property rights and civil rights lawsuit filed by a property owner, affirmed on appeal at the 9th Circuit and cert. denied at the United States Supreme Court. (June, 2011)
- Successfully defended a month-long jury trial in which a key issue was whether a buyer of commercial real estate property may sue his real estate broker if he himself was a licensed broker charged with due diligence responsibility (April, 2010).
- Successfully extricated clients from environmental litigation arising out of claims of PCE and TCE contamination during the time they owned and operated a business at the property. (December, 2010)
- Obtained a defense verdict for his client in a 2-week jury trial in a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit. (October, 2006)
- Obtained affirmance of summary judgment before the First District Court of Appeal. (February, 2006)
- Successfully defended a contractor in a 2-week jury trial against claims of negligent design of a soundwall on Interstate 880 in Oakland. (2003)