Seth J. Welner is a West Palm Beach commercial litigation attorney with particular experience in high-stakes lawsuits, including the defense of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and other civil racketeering claims as well as the prosecution of emergency injunctions to protect businesses from the misuse of confidential and trade secret business information. Mr. Welner also has conducted internal corporate investigations relating to fraud and abuse allegations for several high-profile clients and, when necessary, has helped those clients communicate with federal authorities in relation to those investigations.
Mr. Welner also is experienced in defending telecommunication and internet providers and contractors from property-related disputes where electrical lines, fiber-optic cable systems, and/or other critical infrastructure are alleged to encroach and/or trespass on private property. In defending these suits, Mr. Welner has developed in-depth knowledge regarding lands held in the public trust and other legal issues related to submerged properties, including sovereign submerged lands.
His diverse practice makes Mr. Welner well suited for anticipating a client's litigation needs from the outset. His notable representative matters include:
Mr. Welner also has an active pro bono practice. Recently, he served as first chair in a federal jury trial on behalf of a pro bono client seeking civil rights protections related to his incarceration at a local jail. Mr. Welner also has participated in the firm's Mickey Rooney Elder Financial Abuse Pro Bono Project, which seeks to protect vulnerable, elderly citizens from financial abuse at the hands of caretakers, family members and others. In addition, he has represented pro bono clients as amicus curiae at the U.S. Supreme Court.
During law school, Mr. Welner worked as a law clerk for Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes. He also served as a certified legal intern for the Florida Attorney General's Office, State Programs Division, where he represented the state of Florida and its officers in civil lawsuits. Mr. Welner also served as an executive editor of the Florida State University Law Review and was an active member of FSU's Moot Court Team.
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