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Seth L. Cardeli


With more than a decade of experience, Seth L. Cardeli is a skilled trial attorney representing families across the country who have suffered as a result of medical negligence and malpractice, including children who have been injured during labor and delivery.

Seth is well-versed in the many complex legal and medical issues surrounding birth injury claims. He regularly conducts educational seminars for other attorneys on important aspects of litigation, such as taking depositions and dealing with obstacles to the discovery process. Seth recently gave a lecture on Basic Fetal Heart Rate Patterns, Nomenclature, and Etiology, in which he taught lawyers how to interpret electronic fetal heart rate tracings used to gain valuable information about babies during labor. Seth has also authored multiple articles for legal journals focused on trial work, writing on topics such as how negligence can occur during the resuscitation of a newborn baby.

After law school, Seth began practicing at a well-known personal injury firm in New York City, where he handled a range of personal injury matters, representing victims of defective productsconstruction accidents, and motor vehicle accidents, as well as medical malpractice. After three years practicing in the New York area, Seth relocated to Maryland to join a law firm that enabled him to represent victims of medical malpractice all over the country, having been admitted pro hac vice in numerous jurisdictions including, Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

This wealth of knowledge informs Seth’s advocacy and has helped him secure millions of dollars for families all over the country whose loved ones have been seriously or fatally injured in preventable tragedies. Noted as an emerging leader in this area of practice, Seth was recently recognized by The Best Lawyers in America – Medical Malpractice and has been honored multiple times as a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Seth is an active member of the country’s premier professional association for trial lawyers, the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), having graduated from AAJ’s Leadership Academy. He also serves on AAJ’s PAC Task Force, Membership Oversight Committee, Public Affairs Committee, and Publications Committee. He serves as the Co-Chair of AAJ’s Birth Trauma Litigation Group and the Chair of AAJ’s Membership Oversight Committee.

Living in Maryland with his family, Seth spends his free time playing baseball with his son and having dance parties with his daughter.

Some of Seth’s most notable achievements include:


verdict on behalf of a child who suffered preventable HIE and asphyxia injuries at birth, resulting in permanent cognitive and developmental impairments


FTCA settlement for a child born at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Guam who suffered a catastrophic hypoxic-ischemic brain injury due to a negligent neonatal resuscitation and intubation


for a child who suffered a brain injury due to a hospital’s failure to provide appropriately trained health care providers to perform a neonatal resuscitation


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J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 2008

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B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2004

  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Seth represents clients nationwide, having been admitted pro hac vice in a number of jurisdictions throughout the country.
  • American Association for Justice (“AAJ”)
    Co-chair, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group, 2022-2024
    Board of Governors, 2022-2025
  • Maryland Association for Justice (“MAJ”)
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association (“NYSTLA”)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (“ISBA”)
  • National Trial Lawyers (“NTL”)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Medical Malpractice Law: Plaintiffs, 2021-2024
  • Illinois Super Lawyers®: Medical Malpractice, 2023-2024
  • Illinois Super Lawyers®: Rising Stars, Medical Malpractice, 2016-2018, 2020-2021
  • Leading Lawyers: Leading Lawyer, 2022-2023
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40, 2014-2020
  • Top 10 Medical Malpractice Settlement in the United States, 2020
  • AAJ Mastering the Medicine Seminar, Visual Strategy, November 2022
  • AAJ Education’s 5th Annual Electronic Fetal Monitoring in Birth Injury Cases Seminar, New Orleans, LA, March 10-11, 2022
  • AAJ Education’s Perfecting Remote Depositions Workshop, August 2020
  • Basic Fetal Heart Rate Patterns, Nomenclature, and Etiology Webinar, April 2020
  • Trial Advocacy College: Depositions, April 2020
  • AAJ Discovery Obstruction Seminar, November 2019
  • Trial Advocacy College: Depositions, June 2019
  • AAJ Webinar Depositions: Preserving Objections, September 2017
  • Thwart the Assault on Future Medical Expenses, NYSTLA, January 2016
  • Intake Factors to Consider, AAJ Annual Convention, July 2015
  • When Neonatal Providers Fail the Babies They Are Supposed to Protect, MAJ Trial Reporter Journal, August 2022
  • Nothing Good Happens After 3 Hours: Recent Literature Questions ACOG’s Guidance on the 2nd Stage of Labor, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group Journal, July 2021
  • The Clock Doesn’t Stop at DeliveryAAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, Winter 2019
  • A Peek Inside the Jury Room, AAJ Trial Magazine, August 2018
  • Thwart the Assault on Future Medical Expenses, AAJ Trial Magazine. May 2014.

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