Seth

Seth Yohalem takes on challenging and complex cases and consistently achieves excellent results for his clients.

For example, as lead class counsel in a case challenging a retailer’s retroactive changes to its loyalty program, Seth won class certification and then settled less than three months before trial, with the defendant reinstating the class’s losses on a dollar-for-dollar basis for an aggregate total of $48.9 million in store credit. After a contested fee petition, the Court also awarded over $3.1 million in attorneys’ fees.

As lead counsel, Seth represented the founder of a startup company in a multi-million-dollar dispute over its acquisition by a larger company. After a series of rulings in WJY’s client’s favor, the case settled with a substantial payment by the acquiring company.

Shortly before forming this firm, Seth helped secure an eight-figure jury verdict in his clients’ favor in a complex civil conspiracy case involving the unlawful dispersal of real estate sale proceeds. The Seventh Circuit specifically cited testimony Seth elicited at trial when it largely affirmed, resulting in a judgment in excess of $17 million.

Seth also maintains a significant employment practice in which he has represented both employees and employers in a variety of cases.

Seth has previously successfully represented clients as varied as Fortune 50 companies in toxic tort matters to the estate of an elderly patient with dementia pursuing a wrongful death claim against a nursing home that had neglected him.

Super Lawyers named Seth a “Super Lawyer” in 2020 and for 2021 and previously named him a “Rising Star” in 2018.

Before founding this firm, Seth practiced at Scandaglia & Ryan and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Seth graduated from Columbia Law School where he was selected as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar all three years, was a senior editor on the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, and published an article on criminal sentencing. For his undergraduate studies, Seth attended Amherst College, where he graduated magna cum laude and won the award for best senior thesis in Philosophy.

Seth lives in the East Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago with his wife, Olga, and two children.

Email: syohalem@wjylegal.com
Phone: 312-278-3153