Seth Rosenthal is a trial attorney who represents businesses and individuals in criminal cases and investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, agency inspectors general, and state attorneys general, and conducts internal investigations for corporations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. Seth also handles complex civil litigation involving the False Claims Act, civil and constitutional rights, commercial disputes, and antitrust matters He manages Venable's pro bono program, chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, and maintains an active pro bono practice.
With his diverse background as a federal prosecutor and in civil rights enforcement and death penalty defense, Seth is a seasoned first-chair trial lawyer, a vigorous advocate, and a versatile problem-solver. In his criminal and government investigations practice, he has extensive experience in grand jury investigations, civil enforcement investigations, and audits, trials, sentencings, and post-conviction proceedings addressing allegations of fraud, false statements, public corruption, and antitrust violations in such industries as government contracting, real estate, manufacturing, banking and mortgage lending, and healthcare.
In internal investigations for corporations, nonprofits, and schools, Seth probes similar allegations of misconduct, as well as the suspected failure of internal compliance systems. Based on his experience in the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division prosecuting police misconduct, Seth's investigations work includes evaluating the conduct of law enforcement agencies and their employees. Seth is currently the court-appointed deputy monitor of the Baltimore Police Department in its consent decree with the Department of Justice and an advisor to the District of Columbia Police Reform Commission.
The civil matters Seth handles encompass False Claims Act defense, challenges to administrative agency actions, prosecution and defense of civil rights actions under federal and state anti-discrimination statutes, prosecution and defense of antitrust actions, and litigation of contract, partnership, and business tort disputes. With his background in fair housing and fair lending enforcement, Seth also advises companies—including mortgage lenders, housing providers, and web-based advertising platforms—on compliance with the Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
Seth's pro bono practice focuses on matters involving civil rights and criminal justice. In recent years, he has won the release of three different District of Columbia men imprisoned for murders they did not commit.