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Theodore W. Seitz Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin


Washington University, J.D.

Michigan State University, B.S. (Biology, Lyman Briggs College)

Michigan State University, B.A. (Political Theory, James Madison College)

Ted Seitz is a Lansing based member of Dykema’s Litigation Department. He represents clients in Michigan and throughout the United States in complex and high-stakes litigation, primarily in the areas of class actions and commercial litigation. Mr. Seitz also has experience representing public and mid-market corporations in various commercial disputes, including contract, UCC, trade secret, along with tax and licensing matters in state and federal courts. Mr. Seitz’s experience extends to litigating complex securities class action cases, high-exposure wrongful death/personal injury actions, white-collar criminal defense matters, and actions regarding large nonprofit foundations. Mr. Seitz also represents and provides counsel to elected public officials, along with compliance counsel to financial services companies. He has authored several chapters of the Consumer Financial Services Answer Book, one of the best-selling treatises in the field.

In addition to litigating numerous matters in Court, Mr. Seitz’s experience includes representing clients in court-annexed and private arbitrations and in other alternative dispute resolution processes. He has achieved many successful outcomes, including trials and arbitrations for national and international corporations in state, federal and appellate courts. This includes extensive experience in mediating, negotiating, defending, and enforcing nationwide class action settlements — employing creative solutions to resolve complex matters. While always aggressively pursuing clients’ legal rights, Mr. Seitz works closely with each client to understand their strategic objectives, along with being alert to clients’ interests in diminishing the expense and distraction that litigation may impose, and he works with clients to maximize their litigation posture and to explore alternative solutions to legal problems. 

Mr. Seitz was recently appointed by the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan to serve as mediator in a series of prisoner rights cases brought against the State of Michigan.


  • Nettles v. Midland Funding, LLC, No. 19-3327 (7th Cir. 2020). Representation of one of the two largest debt purchasers nationwide in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in a putative class action case where the Seventh Circuit vacated the trial court's order denying our client’s motion to compel arbitration in a lawsuit filed by a consumer alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and remanded the case to the lower court with instructions to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction. Dismissed for lack for Article III standing under the US Constitution, because the Seventh Circuit held that Plaintiff did not suffer a concrete injury.

  • Representation of international publicly traded debt buyer in federal and state actions, including class action matters throughout the country, both at the trial and appellate courts.
  • Representation of large wholesalers and retailers in class action matters.
  • Defense of putative class actions against collection agencies and debt purchasers alleging violations of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and Telephone Consumers Protection Act (TCPA).
  • Representation of a large energy corporation in federal court matters relating to a power plant explosion.
  • Representation of a utility in two trials and related appeal of land dispute issues.
  • Representation of county treasurers in a wide variety of matters in state and federal court.
  • Representation of governmental bodies, including counties and townships in class action and tax matters.
  • Representation of insurance companies in state and federal court class action matters in a wide-variety of jurisdictions.
  • Representation of clients in federal and state court in white-collar and investigative matters.
  • Representation of corporations and local governments in bankruptcy matters.
  • Representation of clients in a wide-variety of state and federal court commercial litigation matters.
  • Representation of several prisoners, who were sentenced to life, without parole, including successfully obtaining the parole and release of an individual after serving 40 years in prison.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Chairperson, Ingham County Jury Board
  • Michigan State University School of Law, American Inns of Court (Master of the Bench)
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan, Litigation, Real Property, and Business Law Sections
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation, 2021. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

  • Named as Michigan Leading Lawyer in areas of Commercial Litigation and Creditors Rights by the Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2018

  • Recognized as a Rising Star in Michigan Super Lawyers®, 2008

  • Named Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers (2012)

  • Michigan State University Outstanding Senior Award