Seth Yohalem joined Scandaglia & Ryan in 2008 after working as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP for more than three years. He has represented clients involved in contract disputes, class action defense litigation, antitrust actions and insurance coverage cases.


  • Defended a petroleum company in a suit asserting claims for negligence, nuisance, trespass, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and punitive damages arising out of alleged oil contamination in a rural town.
  • Defended a major hotel company against various contract and quasi-contractual claims arising out of two failed hotel deals.
  • Representing an individual and two companies owed tens of millions of dollars by a convicted felon in multiple forums, including U.S. Bankruptcy court, U.S. District Court and Illinois State Court.
  • Represented a leading chemical manufacturer in a contract dispute against an electronics manufacturer over the supply of chemicals for all of the manufacturer's North American refrigerator plants. Case settled under favorable terms two days into trial.
  • Represented a major automotive company in an international arbitration against its Bermuda-based excess liability insurer.
  • Defended a major oil company in a lawsuit brought by its franchisees in the Twin Cities alleging breach of contract and Robinson-Patman Act violations.
  • Defended a major chemical manufacturer against a class action arising out of its historical contamination of an adjacent river.
  • Defended a national convenience store against a class action arising from alleged releases of petroleum from its underground storage tanks at one of its locations.
  • Successfully represented, on a pro bono basis, a Congolese victim of torture in his efforts to obtain political asylum and in his related Freedom of Information Act suit.


  • "We'll Always Have Parish: The Ninth Circuit Decision and Its Implications for Enforcement of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines," 37 Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. 525 (2004), Author.


  • Federal Bar: Northern District of Illinois
  • State Bar: Illinois
  • Metro Board, Metropolitan Family Services, Member


  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    • Juris Doctor - 2004
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar 2001-2004
    • Writing and Research Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems
  • Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
    • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 2001
    • Gail M. Kennedy Award (Best thesis in the Philosophy department)
    • Hardy Prize - Second Place (Extemporaneous Speaking)
    • Bancroft Prize - Second Place (Prepared Oration)
    • Vice President - Amherst Parliamentary Debate Society
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