Daniel A. Seff

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Daniel joined MSK in February 2017 after twenty-one years of diverse commercial litigation practice with two prominent Vermont firms. He represents individuals, businesses and government entities in all aspects of the adversarial process, including pre-trial, trial and appellate proceedings, mediation and arbitration.

Daniel brings a wealth of professional experience, creativity, street smarts and common sense to every matter. He aims to resolve disputes amicably where possible, and he is prepared to litigate those matters that cannot be settled.

Upon graduating from NYU Law School in 1990, Daniel joined Proskauer, one of New York City’s oldest and largest law firms. At Proskauer, Daniel gained experience in general commercial, labor and employment, antitrust, securities, international, bankruptcy, banking, estates, communications and products liability litigation.

Daniel returned to Vermont in 1996 and has maintained an active commercial litigation practice ever since.

In addition to his extensive commercial litigation background, Daniel has successfully litigated precedent-setting Native American law cases.

Representative Engagements

- Represented a state government entity against its insurer, claiming estoppel to deny insurance coverage and negligent misrepresentation regarding the existence of coverage.

- Represented abutters opposing a proposed multi-unit housing project that requires the use of transferable development rights for its intended excess density.

- Represented corporate and individual defendants in a trespass/nuisance/boundary dispute litigation concerning neighboring parcels on a Native American reservation.

- Represented an automobile dealership in a dispute with a vehicle manufacturer concerning the geographic placement of a proposed competing dealership.

- Represented an automobile dealership in a dispute with a vehicle manufacturer’s regional distributor concerning the dealership agreement’s renewal and upgrades to the dealership facility.

- Represented a federally recognized Native American tribe, its Tribal Police Department and its Board of Police Commissioners in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former Tribal Police officer.

- Represented numerous residential condominium owners who sued the developers of a luxury condominium hotel for violations of the federal Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act of 1968, the Vermont Consumer Fraud Act, the Vermont Common Interest Ownership Act and Vermont common law.

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Litigation
  • Employment
  • Environmental Law
  • Motor Vehicle Franchise Law
  • Libel/Slander/Defamarion
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Native American Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
802-316-4954  Phone
802-861-7000s  Phone
802-861-7007  Fax
University Attended:
University of Vermont, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, with honors, 1987
Law School Attended:
New York University, J.D., 1990
Year of First Admission:
2007, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York and U.S. Tax Court; 1996, U.S. District Court, District of Vermont; 2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1991, New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 2002, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York and U.S. Supreme Court; 2009, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Court; 1998, Vermont
Vermont Bar Association; Chittenden County Bar Association
Birth Information:
New York, N.Y., April 26, 1965
Reported Cases:
Hubacz v. Protzman, No. 2:12-CV-39, 2013 WL 1386287 (D. Vt. Apr. 4, 2013); Bergman v. Spruce Peak Realty, LLC, No. 2:11-CV-127, 2012 WL 6212849 (D. Vt. Dec. 13, 2012); Bergman v. Spruce Peak Realty, LLC, 847 F. Supp. 2d 653 (D. Vt. 2012); Mueller v. Mueller, 2012 VT 59, ___ Vt. ___, 54 A.3d 168; Neviaser v. Mazel Tec, Inc., No. 1:12-CV-48, 2012 WL 3028464 (D. Vt. July 25, 2012), appeal dismissed, No. 12-3948 (2d Cir. Mar. 25, 2013); Smalley v. Stowe Mtn. Club, LLC, 2011 VT 51, 190 Vt. 53, 25 A.3d 539; Bergman v. Spruce Peak Realty, LLC, No. 2:11-CV-127, 2011 WL 5523329 (D. Vt. Nov. 14, 2011); In re Rusty Nail Acquisition, Inc., 2009 VT 68, 186 Vt. 195, 980 A.2d 758; Howard & Howard, Inc. v. Mountain Auto Servs., Inc., No. 157-6-09 Lecv, 2009 WL 5909731 (Vt. Super. Ct. Lamoille Cty. Oct. 13, 2009); Cole v. Green Mtn. Landscaping, Inc., No. 2:09-CV-5, 2009 WL 2179657 (D. Vt. July 22, 2009); Desjardin v. Bombardier Recreational Prods., Inc., No. 2:08-CV-264, 2009 WL 1181308 (D. Vt. Apr. 29, 2009); United States v. Bank of Am., No. 06-CV-711A, 2009 WL 2009022 (W.D.N.Y. Feb. 20, 2009); Day Wholesale, Inc. v. State, 51 A.D.3d 383, 856 N.Y.S.2d 808 (N.Y. App. Div. 2008); Lazore v. NYP Holdings, Inc., 24 Misc. 3d 1236(A), 901 N.Y.S.2d 900 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. 2008), rev'd, 61 A.D.3d 440, 876 N.Y.S.2d 59 (N.Y. App. Div. 2009); United States ex rel. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe v. President R.C.-St. Regis Mgmt. Co., 451 F.3d 44 (2d Cir. 2006); Stowe Highlands v. Stowe Club Owners Ass'n, Inc., 180 Vt. 650, 904 A.2d 1225 (Table), 2006 WL 5849652 (Vt. 2006) (unpub. Entry Order); Coughlin v. T.N. Assocs., 180 Vt. 649, 904 A.2d 1224 (Table), 2006 WL 5866290 (Vt. 2006) (unpub. Entry Order); United States ex rel. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe v. President R.C.-St. Regis Mgm't Co., No. 7:02-CV-845, 2005 WL 1397133 (N.D.N.Y. June 13, 2005); Coughlin v. T.N. Assocs., No. 248-11-02 Lecv, 2005 WL 5872184 (Vt. Super. Ct. Lamoille Cty. Apr. 15, 2005); Coughlin v. T.N. Assocs., No. 248-11-02 Lecv, 2005 WL 5872183 (Vt. Super. Ct. Lamoille Cty. Jan. 5, 2005); Tarbell v. Department of Interior, 307 F. Supp. 2d 409 (N.D.N.Y. 2004); United States ex rel. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe v. President R.C.-St. Regis Mgmt. Co., No. 7:02-CV-0845, 2003 WL 25482782 (N.D.N.Y. May 22, 2003); Catskill Dev. LLC v. Park Place Entm't Corp., 206 F.R.D. 78 (S.D.N.Y. 2002); Garcia v. Akwesasne Hous. Auth., 268 F.3d 76 (2d Cir. 2001); Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, 2001 O.S.H. Dec. (CCH) ¶ 32506, 2001 WL 1668963 (O.S.H.R.C.A.L.J. Dec. 28, 2001), remanded, 20 O.S.H. Cas. (BNA) ¶ 2091, 2005 WL 44019 (O.S.H.R.C. Jan. 6, 2005); McIntosh Cty. Bank v. St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, 4 Misc. 3d 1017(A), 798 N.Y.S.2d 345 (Table), 2004 WL 1878201 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Nassau Cty. 2004); Fonda Group, Inc. v. Lewison, 162 F. Supp. 2d 292 (D. Vt. 2001), aff'd, 45 Fed. Appx. 82 (2d Cir. 2002); Fonda Group, Inc. v. Lewison, 133 F. Supp. 2d 350 (D. Vt. 2001); Fonda Group, Inc. v. Neptune Paper Enters., Inc., 126 F. Supp. 2d 350 (D. Vt. 2000); Freeman v. Burlington Broadcasters, Inc., 204 F.3d 311 (2d Cir.), cert. denied, 531 U.S. 917 (2000); Lupien v. Citizens Utils. Co., 159 F.3d 102 (2d Cir. 1998); In re 1650 Cases of Seized Liquor, 168 Vt. 314, 721 A.2d 100 (1998); Kronisch v. United States, No. 83 Civ. 2458, 1995 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6632 (S.D.N.Y. May 15, 1995); ICN Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Kahn, 2 F.3d 484 (2d Cir. 1993); Chicago Prof'l Sports Ltd. P'ship v. National Basketball Ass'n, 961 F.2d 667 (7th Cir.), cert. denied, 506 U.S. 954 (1992).
Hobbies & interests:
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tennis, cycling, sailing, swimming, stock market investing and jazz/blues record collecting.
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  • 4.5/5.0 (18 reviews)
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