Keith L. Seat is deeply engaged in negotiation as a mediator and facilitator, with extensive experience mediating commercial and workplace disputes, as well as helping facilitate group consensus. In addition to assisting private parties in negotiations, Mr. Seat works with many federal agencies, including the U.S. State Department, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Voice of America and others, along with court-annexed and other mediation programs. Mr. Seat is also a special education hearing officer for the District of Columbia, where he conducts formal hearings, as well as mediations and facilitations.
Mr. Seat brings over 30 years of legal experience to his dispute resolution practice. He was formerly General Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee, where he played a significant role in the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and other legislation, and senior in-house counsel at a major telecommunications firm. Mr. Seat previously litigated for many years at Howrey & Simon, following a clerkship with U.S. District Judge William H. Becker.
Mr. Seat received his law degree from the University of Missouri Law School and received mediation training at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law and the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative at Harvard Law School. Mr. Seat is a distinguished fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, prepares the leading mediation newsletter in the country, Mediation News for the 21st Century, and is the mediation news editor of Mediate.com. Located in the Washington, D.C. area, Mr. Seat mediates and facilitates matters throughout the region.