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Gregory S. Seador

Gregory S. Seador

Tel 202.689.1900, ext. 3034
Cell 703.217.6248
seador@slslaw.com
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Experience. Passion. Solutions.

Practice Areas:

  • Litigation and Trial Practice
  • Construction Law
  • Power & Energy

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania (2001)
  • District of Columbia (2002)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2002)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2003)
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2002)
  • U.S. District Court for District of Columbia (2005)

Education:

  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, summa cum laude, 2001
  • B.S., Eastern Kentucky University, 1996

Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association – Member, Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Taxation sections

Experience.

Gregory S. Seador is an experienced trial attorney with more than 15 years of complex litigation experience. He is Vice President of the firm and a member of Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram’s Litigation and Trial, Construction, and Power & Energy groups. Greg began his legal career in “BigLaw” practicing at two AmLaw 100 firms. During his approximately nine years with two powerhouse litigation firms, he managed all aspects of complex commercial trial and class action defense cases, with an emphasis on construction and antitrust law.

Before joining SLS, Greg was a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and served as lead counsel in affirmative and defensive civil litigation arising under the internal revenue laws in federal district courts across the country. During his tenure with the DOJ, Greg negotiated non-prosecution agreements for several Swiss banks, spearheaded obtaining an injunction against an enrolled agent accused of promoting a tax shelter that generated $515 million in bogus tax deductions, and successfully obtained injunctions against Georgia tax return preparers and their businesses whose fraudulent conduct caused $108 million in harm to the government.

Passion.

Greg’s keen eye for detail and passion for discovering how things work started early on in his life and this, combined with his curiosity, have driven him to acquire a unique ability to understand complex industries, such as construction and power & energy. 

Greg’s grandfather was skilled at fixing mechanical and electronic devices, and he passed this knowledge along to Greg, so it’s no wonder that Greg not only can figure out how a complex project is proceeding and should proceed, he can also devise inventive solutions for rectifying any gaps in the processes. With each case in which Greg is involved, his true passion is to determine the best solution for his client and the accurate steps to take toward ensuring that outcome.

Solutions.

Greg has a long track record of providing innovative and accurate solutions for his clients. They include:
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  • Swiss Bank Program: Lead counsel for government in negotiating non-prosecution agreements for Banque Cantonale Nechâteloise and Banque Cantonale du Jura SA under the Tax Division’s groundbreaking Swiss Bank Program.
  • United States v. Haynes, 3:16-cv-00373 (D. S.C.): Lead counsel for government in an injunction suit brought to shut down a Liberty Tax Service franchise owner for allegedly preparing deliberately false federal income tax returns to increase his customers’ refunds. Obtained a full injunction against the defendant.
  • United States v. Conn Vu, 3:15-cv-01807 (N.D. Cal.): Lead counsel for government in a suit against an enrolled agent accused of promoting Intermediary Transaction and State Tax Credit Transaction tax shelters that generated $515 million in bogus tax deductions. Successfully obtained preliminary injunction.
  • United States v. Waage, et al., 3:11-cv-00403, 2011 WL 4571773 (S.D. Cal. 2011): Lead counsel for government in an injunction action against the promoters of a multimillion-dollar tax-fraud scheme involving sham employee benefit plans and pension plans. Successfully obtained injunctions against all defendants.
  • United States v. Newlin, et al., 2:12-cv-00131, 2013 WL 7873538 (N.D. Ind. 2013): Lead counsel for government in injunction suit against large tax preparation company and its owner, who engaged in a scheme to inflate tax refunds for customers, allegedly causing $35 million of harm to the government. Full concession by all defendants.
  • United States v. Kaiser, et al., 4:10-cv-00612 (E.D. Mo.): Lead counsel for government in action against an attorney who promoted a scheme involving Roth IRAs and real estate purchase options, which he used to fraudulently reduce his customer’s reported income tax liabilities. Injunction obtained against the defendant.
  • United States v. Heath, et al., 4:12-cv-00314, 2014 WL 2607090 (N.D. Ga. 2014): Lead counsel for government in injunction suit brought to shut down Georgia tax return preparers and their businesses whose fraudulent conduct allegedly caused $108 million in harm to the government. Successfully obtained injunctions against all defendants.
  • United States v. Rogers, et al., 1:10-cv-07068 (N.D. Ill.): Co-lead counsel for government in a case involving the promotion of Distressed Asset Debt (DAD), Distressed Asset Trust (DAT) and 743(f) tax shelters, which resulted in taxpayers claiming over $370 million in fictitious losses, and involved hundreds of taxpayers and witnesses in the U.S., Brazil and Switzerland. Full concession by all defendants.
  • United States v. Cathcart, et al., 07-cv-4762 (N.D. Cal.): Second chair for government in an injunction trial concerning the Derivium 90% stock-loan tax shelter, a billion-dollar scheme involving thousands of transactions, hundreds of taxpayers, and witnesses in the United States and abroad.   Central promoter of the scheme fully conceded following the first day of trial.
  • Nagy v. United States, 2:08-cv-02555 (D.S.C.), and Debevc v. United States, 2:08-cv-02755 (D.S.C.): Second chair for government in consolidated 26 U.S.C. § 6700 penalty refund trials. Tried the cases to a jury, who returned a verdict in favor of the United States for all years at issue.
  • United States v. Davidson, et al., 4:08-cv-00120 (W.D. Mo.): Second chair for government in an injunction trial involving retirement plans, pass-through entities and farm-related tax deductions, with estimated tax harm of hundreds of millions of dollars. Tried the case and successfully obtained injunction against the promoter.
  • John Doe v. National Board of Medical Examiners, 210 Fed. Appx. 157 (3d Cir. 2006): Lead counsel for plaintiff who alleged discrimination based on the flagging of his test scores as the result of a physical disability. Argued appeal before U.S. Court of Appeals for Third Circuit. Managed appeal from inception to completion, worked with client to develop legal strategy, authored appellate briefs and argued case before panel.
  • Johnson v. Wingate, DC OHR: Lead counsel in a discrimination case against the Wingate Apartment Complex. Managed case from inception through trial and obtained judgment in client’s favor.
  • In re New Motor Vehicles Canadian Export Antitrust Litig., MDL-1532: Managed all aspects of pre-trial defense of one of the worlds largest vehicle manufacturers in this multi-district class action litigation, including formulating defense strategy, developing legal and factual issues, conducting motions practice and depositions, responding to and propounding subpoenas, and preparing senior executives for testimony at depositions.
  • First chair in several trials before Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals and National Security Agency regarding applicants’ suitability for top secret and SCI security clearances. Handled cases from inception through trial and appeal. Examples include CR Case No. 02-16705, ISCR Case No. 02-14968 and ISCR Case No. 02-21012.
  • Second chair in a trial that resulted in $27 million judgment for a large federal government contractor involving several construction contract claims before Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. Examined several fact and expert witnesses and obtained ruling disqualifying an opponent’s expert under Daubert after voir dire of the witness.
  • Successfully represented several clients in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) and Court of Federal Claims: Authored several briefs and argued key issues on behalf of clients before GAO and court. See, e.g., Arch Chemicals, Inc. v. United States, 64 Fed. Cl. 380 (2005); Research Analysis & Maintenance, Inc.; Westar Aerospace & Defense Group, Inc., B-292587.4.

Did You Know . . .

Members of the SLS trial group have tried in excess of 50 jury trials and 75 bench trials?

The SLS construction group has worked on sports stadiums across the country including Orioles Park in Baltimore and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati?

The SLS construction group has worked on power plant projects across the country?

In 2007 SLS was selected for an Honorable Mention as one of the Best Places To Work in Washington DC?

Ron Shapiro, Steve Schram and Judd Lifschitz have all been selected as SuperLawyers by Law and Politics?

The SLS office building is an historic townhouse constructed in the late 1800s?

SLS has been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent Law Firm?

SLS trial lawyers have argued appeals in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 5th, 9th, D.C. and Federal Circuit?

SLS trial lawyers have been lead trial counsel in cases in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia, - to name just a few?

Virtually all the cases that SLS trial lawyers mediated have been favorably settled at mediation?

The transactional group at SLS was lead counsel on one of the largest, most complex mixed-use projects in downtown Washington, DC involving 4 lenders and 6 property owners?

In appreciation for the outstanding efforts of each of its employees during 2007, SLS gave everyone (attorneys, paralegals, and staff) a 4 day/3 night expense paid trip to Key West, Florida?

The transactional group at SLS has represented tenants in more than 200 retail leases in the Mid-Atlantic region?

Every attorney in the transactional group at SLS has at least 15 years experience?

The transactional group at SLS has represented developers in the purchase, construction, financing and/or sale of more than 75 multi-family apartment projects?

The transactional group at SLS has represented real estate investors and developers with respect to property in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan and the U.S. Virginia Islands?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented eight national banks in commercial real estate loans?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented the FDIC, the Resolution Trust Corporation and several banking institutions in loan workout transactions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region?

The transactional group at SLS has represented homebuilders and commercial real estate developers in work-outs of individual loans and also for work-outs of large portfolios involving dozens of properties in several states?

The trial lawyers of SLS have numerous reported decisions to their credit?