Seth L. Laver

Seth L. Laver: Attorney with Goldberg Segalla LLP AV stamp icon
  • Partner at Goldberg Segalla LLP (402 Attorneys)
  • 1700 Market Street, Suite 1418, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3907
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Seth L. Laver, a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Philadelphia office, focuses largely on matters of professional liability, representing attorneys, accountants, and other professionals, while also defending employers in employment practices liability (EPL) and other types of employment-related litigation. Seth is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, but regularly counsels and represents professionals and employers throughout the United States.

Seth’s focus on professional liability includes counseling all professionals, primarily attorneys and accountants, in how to minimize risk so that they might avoid litigation and rigorously defending them when they can’t. He has successfully represented individuals and large professional firms, leveraging his extensive experience to custom-fit legal strategies to each client’s immediate needs and long-term goals. Seth strives to resolve each matter as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible.

Employers in numerous industries also call on Seth to handle employment litigation, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, defamation, and negligent hiring/failure to supervise. He counsels employers on recognizing and preventing employment discrimination and other employee-related lawsuits, with an emphasis on the early implementation of proper procedures. He drafts and updates employee handbooks and consults employers regarding compliance with company by-laws and human resources protocols. Seth is often engaged to counsel clients regarding enforcement of non-compete agreements, non-solicitation clauses, and other covenants affecting post-employment competition.

An AV-rated attorney, Seth routinely publishes articles and lectures on trends impacting the professional liability and employment landscapes. He is the editor of Professional Liability Matters, Goldberg Segalla’s blog focusing on the professional liability community. In 2017, he was appointed chair of DRI's Professional Liability Committee.


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Community Involvement

•Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia (Board of Directors)
•Committee for the Jewish Poor, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia (member)
•Louis D. Brandeis Law Society (member)


•Twelve Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
May 13, 2016
•Eleven Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
June 1, 2015
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
May 23, 2014
•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
May 17, 2013
•Five Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Named in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
June 18, 2012


•Goldberg Segalla Blogs Take Top Spots in Expert Institute’s Best of 2018
December 27, 2018
•Fifteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Featured in 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
May 18, 2018
•Goldberg Segalla Names Five New Partners, Two New Special Counsel
January 1, 2012


•In Ruling Clarifying NJ Legal-Malpractice Law, Judge Dismisses Suit against Divorce Attorney
January 4, 2019
•Goldberg Segalla Team Notches Important Victory in $50 Million Securities Class Action
December 16, 2016
•Renowned Auction House Wins Summary Judgment in Fraud Suit
July 26, 2016
•First Impressions Are Lasting: New Defense Available in Delaware for Auditors and Other Third Parties in Corporate Misconduct Claims
March 2015


•Professional Liability Matters


• Ugh Oh: Doctrine of In Pari Delicto Severely Restricted in Massachusetts (Co-Author), DRI Riding the E&O Line, December 7, 2018
• 'Tis the Season ... for Ethical Breaches? AttPro Ally, Fall 2017
• Partnership Estoppel: How Resourceful Attorneys Create Unwanted Liability (Co-Author), DRI Riding the E&O Line, August 8, 2017
• Attorneys: Be a Watchdog for Your Accountant Clients (Co-Author), DRI The Voice, March 29, 2017
•Quoted in 3 Cases That Clarify When to Call Your Malpractice Insurer , Law360, September 28, 2016
• Risk Management Tips for Attorneys Serving as Local Counsel (Co-Author), Law360, August 19, 2016
•Quoted in Why BigLaw May Be In Big Trouble After Data Breaches , Law360, March 31, 2016
• Ethical Implications of Posting Video Depositions Online (Co-Author), PLUS Journal, January 2016
•Quoted in 5 Ways to Avoid the Hidden Ethical Dangers of Client Gifts , Law360 , February 23, 2015
•Quoted in Foley Atty in High Court Row May Have Broken Ethics Rules , Law360, February 23, 2015
• The Case of the Missing Insured: A Tricky Variation On the Consent to Settle (Co-Author), Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage, January 30, 2014
• Legal Malpractice Standard: When Former Client Fails to Appeal Unfavorable Judgment in the Underlying Action and Sues the Lawyer Instead (Co-Author), DRI Riding the E&O Line, December 19, 2014
• Home Is Where the Office Is: Ethical Implications of the Virtual Office (Co-Author), ABA Professional Liability Newsletter, Spring 2014
• When Is It Criminal to Issue a Subpoena? The Intersection of Subpoena Practice and the Unauthorized Practice of Law (Co-Author), DRI For the Defense , October 2013
•Featured in Leader Spotlight, DRI The Voice, August 28, 2013
• Ohio Weighs In: Texting Prospective Clients , DRI For the Defense , June 2013
• Fantasy Sports: A Real Game-Changer for Employers (Co-Author), Lehigh Valley Business, November 16, 2012
• Fortifying the Law Firm: Understanding and Protecting Against Cyber Risk , DRI For the Defense, July 2012
• Bernie Madoff and Auditor Liability: Emerging Trends and Defenses , DRI Riding the E&O Line (Newsletter of the Professional Liability Committee), March 15, 2012
• Social Media-Related Lawsuits Are Rising; Are You Prepared? Philadelphia Business Journal, January 13, 2012
• Sputtering Housing Market Makes Fertile Ground for Real Estate Professional Liability Claims , DRI Riding the E&O Line, November 22, 2011
• Effective Client Reporting: A Lawyer's Best Friend, The Legal Intelligencer, March 31, 2011
•oint Defense Agreements: A Primer, June 2010
• When Employees Go Bad, October 2009
• Dropping the Nickel in a Civil Context, September 2007


•Presenter, Risk Management: Help Me, Help You, PICPA, King of Prussia, PA, November 2, 2017

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Cannabis Law
  • Management and Professional Liability
  • Employment and Labor
  • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
267.519.6877  Phone
267.519.6801  Fax
University Attended:
Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 2001
Law School Attended:
Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., 2004
Year of First Admission:
Third Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; 2005, Pennsylvania; 2004, New Jersey; 2012, New York

Professional Affiliations

•American Bar Association (ABA), Professional Liability Committee
•Board Member, Center City Proprietors Association
•Defense Research Institute (DRI)
•Chair, Professional Liability Committee, 2017 to present
•Vice Chair, Professional Liability Committee, 2015 -17
•Seminar Chair, Professional Liability Committee, 2013
•Professional Liability Underwriting Society

Birth Information:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 9, 1978
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Professional Liability; Successfully obtained dismissal on behalf of an attorney alleged to have been responsible for his former client's unfortunate suicide; Negotiated a nominal settlement of an accounting malpractice claim arising from the alleged failure to detect a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme orchestrated by the plaintiff's bookkeeper; Obtained dismissal for an independent auditor in a $50 million securities fraud class action lawsuit by way of a 12(b)(6) motion, signaling a decisive win for the malpractice community; Successfully applied the in pari delicto defense in favor of an auditor to defeat claims brought by the receiver of several insolvent insurance entities; Employment Liability; Negotiated a nominal settlement of a wrongful termination/retaliation claim on behalf of a town and its mayor; Routinely evaluate non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and other post-employment covenants on behalf of employers in myriad industries; Successfully negotiated a resolution of a wrongful termination, retaliation and age discrimination claim asserted against a university
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Peer Reviews

4.6/5.0 (28 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Managing Partner on 09/16/12 in Professional Liability Defense

    Seth exemplifies the lawyer who advocates a client's position without compromising playing by the rules and treating opponents with civility. His legal many published writings have focused on practical applications and analysis of current challengin... Read more

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    Seth exemplifies the lawyer who advocates a client's position without compromising playing by the rules and treating opponents with civility. His legal many published writings have focused on practical applications and analysis of current challenging issues in the courts, especially those of professional liability. His name is established in Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, where he has appeared in both county and federal courts. He is a credit to our profession and a likely future leader. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Associate on 09/12/12 in Litigation

    Mr. Laver is an excellent attorney with impressive legal knowledge and advocacy skills. In my experience, he has always acted with the highest level of professionalism and ethics.

    Mr. Laver is an excellent attorney with impressive legal knowledge and advocacy skills. In my experience, he has always acted with the highest level of professionalism and ethics. Read less

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