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Todd R. Seelman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Antitrust Litigation Attorney in Denver, CO

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP
1700 Lincoln Street, Suite 4000
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 720-292-2002
Fax: 303-861-7767
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in Colorado Since: 1991
Practice Areas: Antitrust Litigation (60%), Securities Litigation (20%), Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Representing clients in Colorado and across the country, Todd R. Seelman has spent 30 years handling cases involving business litigation. As managing partner of the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, his practice focuses on antitrust, competition, securities and commercial litigation. He also has extensive experience with issues surrounding class actions, government investigations, mass torts and class actions.

Though having decades of courtroom and negotiation experience is impressive, Mr. Seelman brings much more to his practice. He has successfully defended businesses in patent misuse cases and antitrust lawsuits. Outside litigation, he advises clients on how laws apply to their operations and acquisitions.

Among his achievements, Mr. Seelman holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; Law Week Colorado listed him as a Barrister’s Best antitrust lawyer; and he has been listed in 5280 magazine as one of Denver’s Top Lawyers for antitrust law.

Mr. Seelman also serves as an adjunct professor of Antitrust Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and is a frequent speaker at legal seminars. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Law and Business Law sections, the Federal Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin.

In 1986, Mr. Seelman received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He then earned a Juris Doctor and graduated cum laude from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 1990. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States; the U.S. District Courts for the District of Colorado, the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Western District of Wisconsin; and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th Circuits.

 * AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Antitrust Litigation
  • 20%Securities Litigation
  • 20%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

Antitrust & Trade Litigation


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022

About Todd R. Seelman

First Admitted: 1991, Colorado

Professional Webpage:


  • Barrister’s Best Antitrust Lawyer by Law Week Colorado (2016-2018)
  • Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell (2008-Present)
  • Top Rated Antitrust Litigation Attorney by Super Lawyers ​(2017-2019)
  • Top Lawyer for Antitrust Law by 5280 Magazine (2015-2019)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “Labor: Competitor Collaborations and the Antitrust Laws ,” Inside Counsel, November 5, 2012
  • Moderator, “MAP, MSRP and RPM – What’s Legal and How Do You Enforce It?” American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) National Convention, Nashville, Tennessee, June 16, 2013
  • “Labor: Manufacturer’s Control Over Retailers and Retail Pricing Under the Antitrust Laws,” Inside Counsel, October 22, 2012
  • Speaker, “Judging a Vertical Actor in a Horizontal Conspiracy – U.S. v. Apple: Did the DOJ Abandon Analytical Rigor Just to Get a Win?”, Colorado Bar Association, Antitrust Subsection, September, 2014
  • “Labor: Antitrust and ‘Unreasonable’ Restraints of Trade,” Inside Counsel, September 24, 2012
  • Moderator, “Federal Trade Commission’s Focus on Health Care Mergers and Consolidations," Colorado Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section, January 2016.
  • “Labor: Avoiding Antitrust Complaints Concerns in Employee Restrictive Covenants,” Inside Counsel, August 27, 2012
  • Moderator, "The New Frontier in Consumer Protection Law Enforcement – Holding Companies Responsible When Thieves Steal Consumers’ Information”, Colorado Bar Association, Antitrust and Consumer Protection Sub-Section, February 2015
  • “Court Grants Partial Summary Judgment in Favor of Hospitals in Nurse Wage-Fixing Lawsuit,” Ford Harrison Legal Alert, March 2012
  • Co-Presenter, Woodman’s Food Market, Inc. v. Clorox Co. – Renewed Focus on the Robinson-Patman Act (Price Discrimination), Antitrust Subsection, Colorado Bar Association, June 2016
  • “Virginia Supreme Court Overturns Long-Standing Precedent on the Enforceability of Noncompetition Covenants in Employment Agreements,” FordHarrison Legal Alert, February 2012
  • Co-Presenter, “The Antitrust Laws Impacting United States Manufacturers,” Western Industry Credit Organization, Denver, Colorado, January 2016
  • “Class Action Antitrust Complaint Alleging an Unlawful Employer ‘No Poaching’ Conspiracy Appears to Have Survived Motion to Dismiss,” FordHarrison Legal Alert, January 2012
  • Panelist, "Privacy Breaches," The Privacy Foundation at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, November 6, 2015. 
  • “Department of Justice and Department of Agriculture Held Joint Public Workshops Throughout 2010 on Competition Issues Facing the Agriculture Industry,” April 2011
  • Panelist, "Privacy and the Law in the Collection and Use of Your Consumer Information - What You Didn’t Know They Know: the Good, the Bad, and the Unknown" Thompson G. Marsh American Inn of Court, Colorado Chapter, May 2016
  • “Non-Solicitation Agreement Between LucasFilm and Pixar Alleged to be per se Unlawful under Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act,” February 2011
  • Speaker, “Judging a Vertical Actor in a Horizontal Conspiracy – U.S. v. Apple: Did the DOJ Abandon Analytical Rigor Just to Get a Win?”, Colorado Bar Association, Antitrust Subsection, September, 2014
  • “Non-Solicitation Agreements Between High-Tech Companies Alleged to be per se Unlawful under Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act,” December 2010
  • Speaker, “Colorado Litigation Update”, 2014 Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Colorado Annual Convention, September, 2014
  • Moderator, “New Threats From Old Statutes - Expanded and Reinvigorated Enforcement of the RICO and the Federal Antitrust Laws Against Health Care Providers" Colorado Bar Association, Joint Healthcare Law and Antitrust Law Sections, October 2015.
  • Panelist, "Professionalism in Transition:  How to Execute a Career Move at any Stage of Practice" Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Women’s Bar Association Section, October 2015.
  • “Vertical Restraints of Trade: Resale Price Maintenance Agreements (RPM) and Manufacturer’s Advertising Programs (MAP)” The Creditor’s Network Member Meeting, American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA), Baltimore, Maryland, 2012
  • “The Intersection of Antitrust and State Competition Laws” Sturm College of Law, University of Denver, 2011
  • The Impact of Wal-Mart v. Dukes on Future Gender Discrimination Suits under Title VII of the Civil Rights
  • Co-Presenter, “Top Antitrust Cases and Trends in 2016,” Colorado Bar Association, Business Law Institute, September 2016
  • Coordinating Articles Editor, Antitrust and Consumer Protection Law, The Colorado Lawyer
  • Quoted in "5 New Practice Areas Your Firm Should Start," Law360, May 6, 2015
  • Quoted in "Pharma Settlements - District Courts' Domain," Law Week Colorado, March 30, 2015
  • Co-Author, "Evaluating Antitrust Exposure When Purchasing A Competitor’s Assets In Bankruptcy: 'Caveat Emptor!'" Monday, March 30, 2015
  • Co-Author, "Supreme Court Clarifies the Requirements for State Action Immunity from Antitrust Laws," Lewis Brisbois Antitrust & Competition Law Client Alert, March 2, 2015
  • Co-Author, "New York District Court Rules Against American Express in a Closely Watched Antitrust Case," Lewis Brisbois Antitrust & Competition Law Client Alert, February 20, 2015
  • Co-Author, "FTC Announces New Reporting Thresholds Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act," Lewis Brisbois Antitrust & Competition Law Client Alert, February 19, 2015
  • Co-Author, "Recent Ninth Circuit Decision a Reminder that a Merger Falling Below Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds is Not a Safe Harbor," Lewis Brisbois Antitrust & Competition Law Client Alert, February 18, 2015
  • Co-Author, “Antitrust Scrutiny of Employment Restrictive Covenants,” The Colorado Lawyer, Special Issue: Antitrust and Consumer Protection Law, Vol. 43, No. 10, October 2014
  • Quoted in “Virtual Reality Pricing Practices”, Gifts and Decorative Accessories, February 2014
  • Author, "United States Department of Justice v. Apple, Inc." Mondaq, December 12, 2014.
  • “Supplier’s Ability to Control Retail Pricing – Vertical Restraints under the Antitrust Laws,” The Price Point, vol. 13, issue 1, Winter 2014“US Department of Justice v. Apple Inc.,” E-Commerce Law Reports, vol. 13, issue 04, September 2013
  • “A Perspective on Apple’s E-Book Suit.” Law Week Colorado, August 12, 2013
  • “Apple Found Liable for Price Fixing E-Books: New Level of Legal Complexity for Vertical Price Restraints,” Lexology, July 15, 2013
  • “Update on a Recent Supreme Court Antitrust/Intellectual Property Case: ‘Reverse Payment’ Settlement Agreements under FTC v. Actavis, Inc.” Lexology, June 17, 2013
  • Quoted in “Regulatory Review Head Start Major Plus for Stalking Horses” Milling & Baking News (The application of the federal premerger notification requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act to the assets of Hostess Brands), February 5, 2013

Educational Background

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, B.A., 1986

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Member, Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Past Governor, Board of Governors, Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Chair, Antitrust Subsection, Colorado Bar Association 
  • Member, Faculty of Federal Advocates
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Member, Pricing Conduct Committee, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
  • Past President, Nonresident Lawyer Division, Wisconsin Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Member, Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Member, Antitrust Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Executive Council, Business Law Section, Colorado Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Adjunct Professor of Antitrust Law at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver (2008-2019)., 2008
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Office Location for Todd R. Seelman

1700 Lincoln Street
Suite 4000
Denver, CO 80203

Phone: 720-292-2002

Fax: 303-861-7767

Last Updated: 9/13/2021

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