Seth H. Salinger

Seth H. Salinger

Newton, Massachusetts

Seth H. Salinger, a solo practitioner in Newton, Massachusetts, has been practicing law since 1989. His focal practice areas include business litigation, trademark law, intellectual property, contracts, construction law, and business and commercial law.

He was an associate at the Boston firm of Looney and Grossman from 1989 to 1996. In 1996, he formed his solo practice. From 1999 to 2002, he was a panel attorney of Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, the Massachusetts public criminal defenders program for Suffolk County. For several years, he has been a panel attorney for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Since October 2001, Mr. Salinger has been "of counsel" to the full-service law firm of Cumsky & Levin in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Salinger practices in the areas of business litigation, intellectual property, entertainment law, construction law, consumer law, personal injury, and general tort law. Mr. Salinger has extensive experience in all phases of civil litigation, has tried cases in various state and federal courts, and has represented clients before a variety of administrative agencies.

His long list of satisfied clients have included business owners, writers, real estate developers, musicians, contractors, retailers, artists, photographers, entrepreneurs, and individuals with a great variety of legal interests and needs.

Mr. Salinger was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, on March 27, 1959. He has lived in Southeast Asia and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston (BA, English, magna cum laude) where he won the Bunselmeyer Prize for Distinction in Language and Literature.

Mr. Salinger received his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 1989 and, as part of his legal training, interned at the law firms of Miller, Cassidy, Larocca, and Lewin in Washington, D.C., Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak, and Cohen in Boston, and Peckham, Casey, Lobel, and Tye in Boston. He is admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Attorney Seth Salinger is co-author of "Does a Sincerely-Held Religious Belief Confer a Right to Discriminate?" Boston Bar Journal, 1996. Mr. Salinger is married to Sharon S. Salinger, a novelist and editor at the Massachusetts Medical Society, which publishes the New England Journal of Medicine. The Salingers have two children.

For more information or a free consultation, contact Seth Salinger by e-mail or call for an appointment.

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Business Organization and Choice of Entity
  • Business Disputes
  • Contract Disputes
  • Asset Recovery/Collections
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Trademark/Copyright Infringement
  • Internet Law and e-Commerce
  • Real Estate Law and Landlord-Tenant Disputes

Litigation Percentage

  • 65% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1990
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004


  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
    • B.A. magna cum laude
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • Does a Sincerely-Held Religious Belief Confer a Right to Discriminate?, Boston Bar Journal, 1996

Representative Clients

  • Business Owners, Writers, Real Estate Developers, Musicians,
  • Contractors, Retailers, Artists, Photographers, Entrepreneurs,
  • Individuals

Honors and Awards

  • Bunselmeyer Prize for Distinction in Language & Literature, 1985

Past Employment Positions

  • Looney & Grossman, Associate
  • Miller, Cassidy, Larocca, and Lewin in Washington, D.C., Intern
  • Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak, and Cohen, Boston, MA, Intern
  • Peckham, Lobel, Casey, Prince and Tye, Boston, MA, Intern

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 1996 - Present
  • Suffolk County Public Defender, 1999 - 2002