An associate of Seeger Weiss has filed lawsuits against him
Caleb Seeley is the first attorney at the boutique firm to make partner shortly after law school, founding partner Stephen Weiss said in an interview.
“He worked hard, met all the requirements along the way, and earned our trust,” Weiss said.
Seeley was part of the bellwether trial teams that successfully represented the elderly who claimed that the earphones sold by the subsidiary of 3M were defective and resulted in hearing loss. He was the lead attorney in the trial in Pensacola, Florida which resulted in a $50 million prize for Luke Vilsmeyer last March.
Seeley said he came to the store after clerking for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit because of Seeger’s push to get into the courtroom.
“It’s a big credit to the company that they haven’t put any rules in place when those opportunities might arise other than preparing for them,” Seeley said.
He joined Seeger Weiss in 2019, about two years after graduating from New York University Law School in 2017.
He previously worked as a partner at Williams & Connolly, where he defended clients in complex federal litigation at the trial and appellate levels.
Weiss said the plaintiffs’ company knew it had an “extraordinary talent” on its hands with Seeley. Instead of waiting to give him high-level legal work or a partnership, which is usually achieved in six or more years in Big Law, the firm decided to “reward that talent,” he said.
“There is no worse situation that can be placed on a young, talented attorney than to have these limitations based on their age,” Weiss said. “Caleb has exceeded all our expectations.”
Seeger Weiss was co-founded in 1999 by Shearman & Sterling and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson attorneys Christopher Seeger and Stephen Weiss. The firm represented retired NFL players who alleged their football careers caused them headaches.