Seth Lehrman

Partner

Personal Info:

800­-400-­1098 [email protected]

Practice Areas:

Class ActionWhistleblower Suits (Qui Tam)Personal InjuryWrongful Death

Seth M. Lehrman litigates class actions and business disputes, in state and federal courts in Florida, California, and across the United States.He regularly handles cases involving contract and other business disputes.

He represents consumers and businesses in class action cases to challenge illegal business practices. Mr. Lehrman pursues class action cases involving privacy violations, hidden fees, unfair insurance practices, dangerous or defective products, consumer fraud, false and deceptive advertising, and credit reporting issues.

Mr. Lehrman is AV rated by his professional peers through the Martindale-Hubbell © Peer Review Rating system. According to Martindale-Hubbell, the “AV” rating of “Very High to Preeminent” legal ability is a testament from peer legal professionals of the highest level of professional excellence and of unquestionable ethics. He has also been selected as a Top Rated Lawyer by ALM & Martindale-Hubbell. In 2015 the National Association of Distinguished Counsel selected Mr. Lehrman as on of the Nation’s Top One Percent.

Mr. Lehrman is an experienced electronic discovery practitioner and is a Certified E-Discovery Specialist by the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS).

Mr. Lehrman is a member of the The Florida Bar, the State Bar of California, and various other federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, serves on the AAJ’s Public Education Committee, Florida Justice Association, and Broward County Justice Association. The Legal Aid Society of Broward Countyhas recognized Mr. Lehrman several times for his outstanding contribution of pro bono legal service.

Mr. Lehrman serves the community as a volunteer board member of several organizations. He serves on the board of the Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center, a hub of social, educational and recreational activities for seniors in Broward County, Florida. He is on the board of the Cornell University College of Human Ecology Alumni Association (HEAA), to help promote the college’s mission of “Improving lives by exploring and shaping human connections to natural, social and built environments.” And, Mr. Lehrman serves on the board of the South Florida Chapter of US Lacrosse.

 

Past Cases

Hirsch, et al. v. Jupiter Golf Club, LLC, No. 13-cv-80456 (S.D.Fla.) Mr. Lehrman was one of the class counsel and trial counsel in a class action lawsuit against Trump National Golf Club Jupiter (Trump).  Mr. Lehrman and his partners pursued breach of contract claims on behalf of a class of sixty-five club members who claimed that Trump had removed them from the club membership and then failed to refund monies to them.  Trump denied both that the class members had been removed from memberships and that any monies were owed. Mr. Lehrman deposed Donald Trump and Eric Trump.  Mr. Lehrman and his partners won class certification, conducted a bench trial, and won.  

Soto v. Gallup Organization, Inc., No. 13-cv-61747-MMC (S.D.Fla.) Mr. Lehrman was co-lead counsel in a TCPA lawsuit alleging that Gallup had robo-dialed market research survey calls to consumer cell phones nationwide without consent. A class action settlement of $12 million was reached.

Matute and McDonald v. Main Street Acquisitions Corp., No. 11-cv-62375-KMW (S.D.Fla.) As co-lead counsel Seth Lehrman obtained a settlement valued at more than $6 million for more than 900 Florida consumers. The case challenged collection activity performed by a debt collector that had failed to maintain the registration required by the State of Florida.

Fraser v. Asus Computer International, No. 12-00652 (N.D.Cal.) Seth Lehrman and co-counsel obtained a class action settlement on behalf of purchasers of Asus Transformer Prime EE TF201 tablet computers. The lawsuit claimed that the Asus tablet was defective because the GPS did not operate. The settlement afforded every purchaser the right to claim $17 and a piece of hardware that enabled the GPS to work properly.

Villaflor and Brice v. Equifax Information Services LLC, No. 09-cv-00329-MMC (N.D. Cal.) Co-lead counsel in class action lawsuit claiming that Equifax violated FCRA by failing to accurately and clearly report mortgage and car loans that had been paid and closed. Nationwide class action settlement valued at more than $10M that provided 60,000 class members with twelve months of credit monitoring service and required Equifax to change its file disclosure format and website to ensure clear and accurate reporting of accounts that have been paid and closed.

Mowatt v Stern, DJSP Ent., et al. No. 10-cv-62302 (S.D.Fla.) Class counsel in mass layoff class action filed under the Warn Act. Over 700 employees were terminated without the notice required by the WARN Act. Obtained class action settlement that provided direct payment of severance to class members without a claim process.

U.S. v. Rothstein, No. 09-cr-60331 (S.D.Fla.) As pro bono counsel, Mr. Lehrman represented thirty-seven innocent victims of the largest Ponzi scheme in South Florida. Scott Rothstein betrayed the trust of his law firm’s clients and violated the Florida Bar’s Rules of Professional Responsibility when he stole client settlement monies that were being held in the law firm’s trust account. Lehrman pursued a series of forfeiture, restitution and bankruptcy claims, on behalf of his clients and obtained a 100% recovery of more than $1 million.

Bar & Court Admissions:

  • Florida
  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court

Education:

  • Brooklyn School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Cornell University, BS – Bachelors of Science

Awards & Honors:

  • Top Up and Comers by South Florida Legal Guide
  • The Florida Bar Annual Pro Bono Award Nominee
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Rated Lawyer by ALM & Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top One Percent by National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • The Florida Bar Recognition for Contribution of Pro Bono Legal Services

Classes / Seminars Taught:

  • “E-Discovery: How To Identify, Obtain, And Review The Documents Needed To Win Your Case,” Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 2015
  • “E-discovery: How to Streamline Production and Reduce Costs – Electronically Stored Information (ESI) – Guidelines and Protocols,” Broward Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. Fall Seminar, 2014
  • “E-discovery: How to Streamline Production and Reduce Costs – Electronically Stored Information (ESI) – Guidelines and Protocols,” Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar, 2014
  • “Protecting Clients’ Rights Following the Dissolution of a Law Firm”, Guest Lecturer, 2012

In The News:

  • Florida Politics: Jupiter golf club members seek $6M from Donald Trump as trial begins- August 16, 2016 
  • Naples Daily News: Florida lawsuit show Donald Trump as fighter- August 11, 2016 
  • USA Today: As campaign rolls on, so do Trump’s lawsuits in Florida- August 12, 2016 
  • Private Wealth Magazine: Trump Says Membership Ultimatum to Golfers Was ‘Negotiation’- August 16, 2016 
  • My Palm Beach Post: Trump son: Organization made Jupiter golf club ‘great again’- August 16, 2016 
  • Law 360: Trump Testimony Touts Country Club Turnaround in Refund Trial- August 15, 2016 
  • Sun Sentinel: Trump facing court fight over Jupiter golf club- August 15, 2016
  • Bloomberg: Eric Trump Says He Helped Make Gold Course Great Again- August 16, 2016 
  • Insurance Journal: Trial Underway in Trump vs. Florida Gold Course Members $6M Lawsuit- August 17, 2016 
  • Politico: Trump’s $6m gold-club trial starts in West Palm- August 16, 2016
  • Golf: Golf Club Members Seek $6 Million from Donald Trump as Trial Opens – August 16, 2016
  • Sun Sentinel: Eric Trump testifies in Jupiter golf club trial- August 16, 2016
  • New York Times: Ex- New York Official Rejects Trump’s Golf Course Claim: ‘It’s Simply Not True’- July 22, 2016 
  • CBS News: Donald Trump suit over gold club heading to trial before general election- June 9, 2016 
  • NBC Miami: Palm Beach Case Involving Trump Golf Club Going to Trial- June 9, 2016 
  • Daily Business Review– Class Action Zeros in on Trump for Club Refunds- 10/20/2015
  • Daily Business Review – Fired Butler & Hosch Workers Want to Add Ex-CEO to WARN Class Action – 6/4/2015
  • Daily Business Review – More Trouble for Defunct Butler & Hosch Law Firm. Employees File WARN Act Class Action – 5/22/2015
  • Orlando Sun-Sentinel – Butler & Hosch Collapse Was Illegal, Lawsuit Alleges – 5/22/2015
  • CBS 4 Miami – Some Rothstein Victims Finally Get Their Money – 7/1/2011
  • American Greed – Scott Rothstein – $1.2 Billion Scam: Ft Lauderdale – 2/23/2011
  • South Florida Business Journal – Working-Class Rothstein Clients Get Money Back – 9/20/2010

Professional Associations:

  • American Association for Justice – Leaders Forum Member
  • American Association for Justice – Public Education Committee
  • Broward County Justice Association
  • Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center – Board of Directors
  • Florida Justice Association – Board Member
  • State Bar of California – Member
  • The Florida Bar – Member