- University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1969)
- UCLA School of Law (J.D., 1972)
Marc Seltzer has practiced law for more than forty years, litigating complex cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Before joining Susman Godfrey, he was a principal in the law firm of Corinblit & Seltzer, a Professional Corporation. Marc Seltzer's relationship with the lawyers of Susman Godfrey began in the late 1970's, when he worked with Steve Susman on the Corrugated Container antitrust case. In the ensuing years, Mr. Seltzer joined forces with Susman Godfrey on a number of other cases. In February 1998, Marc Seltzer became a partner of the firm, and opened the firm's Los Angeles office. Since then, the firm's Los Angeles office has become one of the leading litigation boutiques in California.
Marc Seltzer's involvement in nationally prominent litigation began in the mid-1970's, when he was tapped by Jack Corinblit to work on the massive Equity Funding securities litigation. That case consisted of more than 100 consolidated class and private action cases, and was settled in 1976 for over $60 million, then the largest recovery ever achieved in a securities fraud class action. See In re Equity Funding Corp. of America Securities Litigation, 438 F. Supp. 1303 (C.D. Cal. 1977). Later, in the 1980's, Mr. Seltzer was appointed by the Los Angeles federal court to serve as sole lead counsel to represent the plaintiff class in the ZZZZ Best securities fraud case. The ZZZZ Best fraud was described by the United States Attorney for the Central District of California as "the most massive and elaborate securities fraud perpetrated on the West Coast in over a decade," harking back to the Equity Funding case. The case resulted in several important published decisions sustaining plaintiffs' claims. See In re ZZZZ Best Securities Litigation, 864 F. Supp. 960 (C.D. Cal. 1994).
Since joining the firm, Mr. Seltzer has continued to work on complex litigation. Marc Seltzer was, together with Steve Susman, a member of the Susman Godfrey trial team representing approximately 90 financial institutions in a negligent misrepresentation case against one of the "Big Four" accounting firms. That case settled just prior to the commencement of trial. Marc Seltzer also teamed with Steve Susman in prosecuting the In re Vitamin Antitrust Litigation, which was settled pursuant to agreements that made more than $1.05 billion available to the class.
In McCourt v. McCourt, Mr. Seltzer served as co-trial counsel with Steve Susman in representing Frank McCourt in his marital property litigation with his former wife which involved competing claims to ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2015, Mr. Seltzer successfully argued the appeal taken in that case by Ms. McCourt from the order denying her motion to set aside the settlement reached in that case.
In the In re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, Marc Seltzer was appointed by the Court to serve as one of the co-lead counsel for the economic loss class action plaintiffs. After three years of hard fought litigation, an historic settlement was reached valued by the Court at approximately $1.6 billion, with the class receiving net benefits valued at approximately $1.4 billion.
In December 2013, Mr. Seltzer was named to Law360's annual list of legal "MVPs." He was one of just three attorneys in the nation selected by Law360 for recognition in the Class Action category. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, he was named to the International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists. Nominees were selected by Global Competition Review based upon "comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide."
Mr. Seltzer has been appointed to serve as lead or co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in numerous additional cases noted below. Over his many years of practice, Mr. Seltzer has also represented defendants in a wide variety of cases, including antitrust, securities, copyright, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition and other complex litigation.