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Cullen Seltzer is a member of the Business and Professional Litigation practice group. His practice focuses on helping design and implement settlements in mass tort and mass claim litigation. In addition, he has a diverse civil litigation and corporate practice including representation of professional legal and medical firms in contract disputes. In 2002, he began representing the Claims Administrator for the class action settlement in In re Sulzer Hip Prosthesis and Knee Prosthesis Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1401. Since then, he has led the team that implemented that $1.1 Billion dollar settlement including defending the Claims Administrator in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and in the Supreme Court of the United States. He designed settlement implementation processes and guided the settlement through a series of challenges over the course of nearly five years. In other legal work, Mr. Seltzer has represented Fortune 500 companies in complex and traditional litigation matters. Mr. Seltzer received his J.D. in 1993 from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and was published by the Law Review. He received his B.A. from Mary Washington College in 1990 after majoring in International Affairs and was the recipient of the Anne E. Fitschen Award for the Outstanding Student in Political Science.

A Revolution Brewing: Partisan Gerrymandering May be Unconstitutional

It’s been true for a long time, since nearly the dawn of the Republic, that politicians drafting voting districts have tinkered with borders of those districts for a host of reasons. Indeed, “gerrymandering,” owes its name to Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry who, in 1812, presided over a redistricting map that created a Boston district that […]


Legislature to Litigants: “Can’t Touch This!” – Virginia Supreme Court Recognizes Legislative Privilege

Co-authors: Cullen D. Seltzer and Andrew R. McRoberts The Virginia Supreme Court, interpreting the Virginia Constitution’s speech and debate clauses, has recognized a legislative privilege from responding to a document subpoena substantially similar to that of the better-known federal privilege.  Edwards v. Resilind, decided by opinion of Justice Lemons without concurrence or dissent, arose in […]


Tasing is for Safety, Not Punishment: Even Non-Lethal Force Can be Deadly

South Boston police responded to the local Super 8 Motel in the wee hours of May 3, 2013. They came because they’d received phone calls from Linwood Lambert, Jr. asking somewhat unclearly for help. When they arrived, they found Lambert’s room in shambles, with blood stains about, and a white discharge around Lambert’s nose. Lambert […]


Re-Districting After Shelby County v. Alabama: a Volatile Mix of Race and Politics

In 2012, following the 2010 decennial census, Virginia re-drew the boundaries of its Congressional Districts.  In 2013, plaintiffs brought a Voting Rights Act challenge to that re-districting.  They alleged that the re-districting unconstitutionally packed African-American voters into a small number of Districts.  The suit was ultimately defended by Virginia’s Republican Congressional delegation and was initiated […]


Signs Signs, Everywhere a Sign: U.S. Supreme Court Decides Reed v. Town of Gilbert

The Supreme Court of the United States handed down today an important First Amendment case concerning governments’ ability to regulate commonly displayed informational signs. In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, the US Supreme Court (Justice Thomas wrote for a six Justice majority with three other Justices concurring) struck down a town’s Sign Code that regulated the […]


Kingsley v. Hendrickson: Excessive Force is in the Eye of the Objective Beholder

The Supreme Court of the United States, in Kingsley v. Hendrickson, waded into the metaphysical discussion of what plaintiffs must prove about corrections officers’ state of mind in a lawsuit alleging the officers used excessive force against an inmate.  In the process, the High Court made it incrementally easier for plaintiffs to prove an excessive […]


Town of Greece v. Galloway: U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Law on Legislative Prayer and the Establishment Clause

Co-Authored by Cullen D. Seltzer and Andrew R. McRoberts. Today, the Court handed down its ruling in Town of Greece.  In a sweeping ruling, the Court upheld the local government’s religious invocations in a 5-4 decision.  The ruling pretty dramatically and explicitly broadens the scope of permissible religious invocations for legislative sessions. Virginia Locality Law Blog […]


After Many Years, US Supreme Court Again Takes On Legislative Prayer

Cullen D. Seltzer, Esquire, litigator and colleague here at Sands Anderson PC, recently shared his report about a key legislative prayer case going to be decided by the United States Supreme Court.  Given the number of legislative prayers that we local government attorneys witness and are asked to opine upon, it should be watched carefully. […]