Seth D. Fier is an associate in the Litigation Department. Seth is an experienced litigator with a diverse practice in multiple areas of law. He regularly represents clients in white collar defense, internal and regulatory investigations, securities and shareholder derivative litigation, sports-related matters, and general commercial disputes. He is often called upon to assist clients in matters involving complex accounting and financial reporting issues that arise in both the criminal and civil context.
Among the substantive areas in which Seth has represented corporate and individual clients are matters alleging accountant and auditor liability, bank fraud, tax evasion, securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, obstruction of justice, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, mortgage fraud, insider trading, grand larceny, and antitrust allegations of bid rigging and price fixing. In these matters, Seth draws upon his prior experience as a CPA in the audit practice at a Big Six public accounting firm and as a financial analyst at a venture capital affiliate of Credit Suisse Group.
In addition, Seth is active in pro bono matters, having represented clients in criminal matters in conjunction with the Legal Aid Society and Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. Seth has been recognized with the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award for his work to successfully vacate his client’s felony conviction for robbery and grand larceny after discovering evidence of criminal activity by the arresting officer and potential discovery violations by prosecutors in seeking his client’s conviction. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society’s New Leadership Program. During law school, Seth was a summer intern for Hon. Bonnie Wittner of the New York State Supreme Court - Criminal Term.
Seth has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by both the New York Law Journal and New York Super Lawyers.
Notable representations include:
A former senior partner of an accounting firm in a state insurance fraud matter in which our investigative report convinced the prosecutor not to pursue an indictment against our client
A private equity firm in defending against claims of fraud and breach of contract arising out of the sale of a portfolio company
An FBI agent charged with improper disclosure of confidential information to an informant in which we obtained a mid-trial judgment of acquittal
An internal investigation into the embezzlement of approximately $14 million by the former director of budget and finance of an educational materials publishing company, including advising the company in the federal criminal prosecution of the former employee and assisting in the recovery of assets acquired with the stolen funds
A successful commercial arbitration for the New York Yankees
An internal investigation for the National Hockey League into allegations of illegal bookmaking activity against an associate coach
A former Marsh managing director, charged with 37 felony counts involving allegations of bid-rigging, price-fixing, fraud and larceny, achieved acquittal or dismissal of 36 of the 37 counts and vacatur of his conviction of the sole remaining count
A major telecommunications company seeking over $40 million in damages for breach of contract by a wholesale purchaser who failed to meet a minimum purchase requirement
An internal investigation and referral to federal prosecutors for a not-for-profit administrator of compensation programs for Holocaust survivors that fell victim to a scheme involving the filing of fraudulent claims