Seth Millstein


Pillar Law PLLC
1601 5th Avenue
Suite 1800
Seattle, WA 98101

Tel: 206.724.0200


I practice law all across Washington. I handle a range of litigation matters, with an emphasis on construction law and real estate. I assess each situation as realistically as possible so that we start the process with clear goals.

I’ve been a construction lawyer in Seattle since 2004. This area of practice is all about figuring out the best way to work through disputes. It boils down to using leverage – in the right way, and at the right time. This part comes from knowing all the options. But my goal is to always provide the most practical range of options about what make sense going forward. And of course, what does not make sense. The key is weeding through the “static,” which is true in construction law and in life.

Contracts, liens and bonds (public and private) are at the heart of my practice. My main goal is to be practical. Running my own firm lets me be  flexible, and work towards the best solution possible.

  • LL.M. in Taxation, University of Washington School of Law, 2003
    • Honors: Top Ten Percent
  • J.D. University of Oregon School of Law, 2002
    • Honors: Outstanding Student in Law and Entrepreneurship
  • B.A., English, Tufts University, 1996
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Bar Admissions
  • Washington State Bar Association, 2004
  • Oregon State Bar Association, 2003
  • United States Tax Court, 2003
Litigation results are simply not possible to predict with any sort of accuracy. The judge, the jury, the arbitrator or any other factor can dramatically influence results, and this is something lawyers don’t often fully control. I have found that there are “three Ps” which are key to successful litigation. I really try to use these “three Ps” as a guide for all cases:

Plan: Figure out goals, deadlines, and how information will flow between the client and lawyer. The one thing that truly can put a damper in a case is struggling to get information from your own client, or having to hunt the client down to get basic information, for discovery or otherwise. Responsiveness is key, on both sides. Emails and phone calls must be returned. We’re in the information age, so we are all flooded. Litigation is not ‘fun’ for the client. I recognize that. It’s not like watching the Seahawks or Sounders. But we still have to stay entirely engaged throughout the process.

Personality: Personalities must align. If a case is heading towards litigation, I like to sit down, get a coffee and really hash out where we stand, what to expect. If anyone has reservations at that time — before trial deadlines start approaching — then it’s probably not a great fit and both sides should reconsider.

Payment: Unfortunately litigation is never cheap. I have tried to keep my firm’s overhead low so that hourly rates are slightly below market for someone with more than 12 years of experience. I ask clients to always turn a close eye to all billings and let me know if they have questions. But with the cost of litigation — which is always time-consuming — it is difficult to estimate total costs. I often work out payment plans to make cash crunch issues easier. But there must be a full understanding that it gets expensive, and unless the client chooses to settle, there is always risk, and the phrase “in for the penny, in for the pound” ends up being accurate more often than not the further a case progresses.

Without Seth Millstein, I know that I would not have had the successful outcomes I have had. Seth took on a complicated case and encountered issues that no one expected, and few had ever seen. He worked tirelessly agents three law firms and multiple insurance companies to make sure that the truth was told and presented it perfectly. He has stood by every one of my requests and guided me through the entire lengthy process. His thorough research provided us the pathway we needed to rise to victory. I am proud to be a Seth Millstein client and will continue to retain him for all legal matters that may arise as I know I am in the best hands.
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