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Keith Seat

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6101 Executive Boulevard
Suite 390
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 301-681-9243


Description of Practice

Keith L. Seat is a full-time mediator, facilitator and arbitrator who can effectively assist parties in resolving a wide range of telecommunications, workplace and other commercial disputes. With over twenty-five years of legal experience as a mediator, facilitator, arbitrator, litigator, advocate before executive branch agencies, and key staffer in the legislative and judicial branches, Mr. Seat brings a wealth of experience to his work as a mediator and facilitator to help parties reach successful resolutions of complex disputes. Mr. Seat began his formal dispute resolution practice a decade ago and more recently became a partner of Certus Strategies, U.S., L.L.C., which emphasizes public engagement, stakeholder participation and information architecture processes. Certus engages with industry groups to reach consensus on divisive public policy issues. Certus also assists project developers in areas such as energy, telecommunications and other critical infrastructure by addressing the public upset which is often sparked by such efforts. Originally founded in Calgary, Certus has a 20-year record of success in helping parties get ahead and stay ahead of conflict.

Professional Background

Mr. Seat began his legal career in a federal clerkship with U.S. District Judge William H. Becker, and then litigated antitrust and commercial disputes for many years at a major Washington law firm, Howrey LLP. In 1993, Mr. Seat was named General Counsel of the Antitrust, Business Rights and Competition Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where he served for four years and was deeply involved in the development and enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Returning to the private sector in 1997, Mr. Seat rounded out his experience with a senior in-house counsel position at MCI, one of the nation’s largest telecommunications firms.


Over the last ten years, Mr. Seat has mediated disputes involving hundreds of parties in conflict and often in litigation. Mr. Seat has significant experience in working to find common ground among companies, groups and government agencies on deeply-held policy positions and related matters, with a focus on critical telecom issues and industry players such as AT&T, Verizon and Google, among others. He has had notable success in bringing divergent groups together to reach outcomes satisfactory for all involved. In private practice, Mr. Seat participated in various forms of alternative dispute resolution as an advocate, as well as a neutral. Mr. Seat works with numerous parties seeking inconsistent outcomes on telecommunications, antitrust, and other policy issues, and is often able to help the various sides coalesce around a concept and formulation that all can support. As a full-time neutral, Mr. Seat regularly and successfully mediates litigated matters that range from multi-million dollar commercial disputes to intractable workplace conflicts. He mediates disputes between corporations, court-referred cases, including complex appeals, and conflicts in federal agencies, such as the U.S. State Department, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Voice of America, Department of Transportation, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


Mr. Seat was trained in mediation at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, where he attended the invitation-only Masters Forum. He received advanced mediation training from the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative at Harvard Law School. Mr. Seat holds a J.D. (with distinction) from the University of Missouri School of Law, and a B.A. (summa cum laude) from William Jewell College.


Mr. Seat’s emphasis as a mediator is on working with the parties to reach a satisfactory resolution of the dispute if at all possible, while helping the parties to continue or restore business or personal relationships when feasible in order to add value and minimize the negative impact of the conflict on the parties. Mr. Seat’s calm demeanor and reflective approach are much appreciated by the parties, as he seeks to make the dispute resolution process as productive and painless as possible, both for parties and counsel. Mr. Seat was raised in Japan, studied abroad during college, and has a great deal of international experience across a range of professional matters and travels, making him particularly effective in cross-cultural disputes.


Fees are competitive and depend on the type of matter in issue. Please contact Mr. Seat's office for more information.

Other Information

Among other professional associations, Mr. Seat is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators (, a board member of the Global Negotiation Insight Institute, and a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution, and the Association for Conflict Resolution. In addition to providing regular updates as the Mediation News Editor of, Mr. Seat created and writes the premier mediation newsletter in the country.

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Adult Family
  • Art
  • Automotive
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Criminal
  • Cross Cultural
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Foreclosure
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • LGBT
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Native American
  • Natural Resources
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Patent
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Technology
  • Trademark
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer

References available upon request.

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