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Seattle Avocats
75009 PARIS

France > Media and entertainment: Newspapers Tier 1

Composed of experienced media experts, the press law team at Seattle Avocats represents clients across the media and communications sectors. The group’s extensive and diverse clientele includes press groups, online press editors and blog hosts, and the team has a strong background representing individuals in reputation or privacy matters. Press and media law expert Emmanuel Tordjman co-heads the team, advising newspapers and public agents on both daily press activities and contentious matters. Practice co-head François de Cambiaire fields niche expertise in e-reputation matters, advising companies on communication and strategic campaigns. François Ronget co-leads the group, focusing on the audio-visual and film production space. Olivia Lévy counts artists, authors and entertainers among her clients, advising on press and IP law cases.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Tordjman; François de Cambiaire; François Ronget

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Parc National des Calanques

Ligue Pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO)

SOS Méditerranée

Samia Ghali

SOS Homophobie

Europe Écologie Les Verts (EELV)

Caroline de Haas – EGEA


Société éditrice du journal l’Humanité

Emmanuelle Amar

Sœurette Productions

Median Digital Partner


Pour une autre PAC

Faire Équitable

Mathieu Hanotin


Touch pa nout’roche



Les Agences de Papa

Oil Change International

Compagnie des guides de Guyane

Solidaires Informatique

Plateforme de Protection des Lanceurs d’Alerte en Afrique (PPLAF)

Mélissa Youssouf

La Lettre du Musicien

Work highlights

  • Represented and advised MEDIAPART in its action which led to the cancellation of an order issued by the President of the Judicial Tribunal of Paris following a non-adversarial proceeding brought by the mayor of Saint-Étienne, Gaël Perdriau, prohibiting MEDIAPART from publishing any information obtained from an audio recording of the mayor’s comments, and in a defamation case brought by Claude Atcher.
  • Represented and advised L’HUMANITÉ in a defamation case brought by SEPUR, following several articles published in the newspaper revealing difficult working conditions within this company, particularly for undocumented workers.
  • Defending the interests of YUKA in a case involving its public communication: a litigation brought by the Federation of Charcutiers (FICT) and two producers of cold meat (ABC Industrie and Le Mont de la Coste).

France > Media and entertainment: Cinema Tier 2

The sizeable team at Seattle Avocats is well equipped to assist artists and production companies (most notably, The Jokers Lab and Mediapart) with a wide range of issues. The practice is led by François Ronget, an industry specialist who handles litigation as well as advising on IP issues. Other key contacts are Emmanuel Tordjman and Olivia Lévy, an expert in IP law.

Practice head(s):

François Ronget

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


The Jokers Lab

Berbere tv

Mediapart tv


Doumbe production

The media company

Hélène Constanty

Amadou Mariko

6 Doing Jazz


Station animation

Damla production

Un monde meilleur

Big nose

Horizon Media


Work highlights

  • Acting for Mediapart in a dispute concerning the use of television programme footage in the film Mediacrash, produced by Bangumi and the client.
  • Advised Doumbe Production on the negotiation of the transfer of rights from the client and the family of Assa Traoré to Tohu Bohu and HBO France with a view to producing a documentary on the Adama Traoré case.
  • Representing The Jokers Lab, the owner of the rights to the award-winning documentary “Bambi”, in the pre-litigation stages of a dispute with production company Agat Films, which wishes to produce a fiction series about Bambi.

France > Environment Tier 3

Noted for its experience in climate litigation, Seattle Avocats advises on mandates concerning private environmental law, including compensation and prevention of environmental damage, social and environmental responsibility and duty of care, and repression of environmental damages. Sebastien Mabile, who acts for local authorities and NGOs in high-stakes environmental cases, jointly leads the team alongside François de Cambiaire and Emmanuel Tordjman.

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Mabile; François de Cambiare; Emmanuel Tordjman

Key clients

Rouen Normandie Metropole

Ligue pour la protection des oiseaux

Calanques National Park

French Office for Biodiversity

National Forests Office

Port-Cros National Park

Amazonian national park of French Guyana

France Nature Environnement (NGO)

Société du Gouffre de Padirac

Coopérative Agricole de Lorraine

Surfrider Foundation Europe

Client Earth

Indigenous People Representatives Organizations of Brasilian and Colombian Amazon

Mighy Earth

New York City

Office of the Environment of Corsica

Veolia Eau

Work highlights

  • Representing a coalition of 3 French (Surfrider Foundation Europe & Zero Waste France) and English (Client Earth) associations in the first trial on plastic pollution in Europe.
  • Representing the associations Les Amis de la Terre France, Oxfam France and Notre Affaire à Tous in a legal action against BNP Paribas for failure to comply with its duty of care due to its financing and investment activities that support the development of fossil fuels.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Practice head(s):

François Ronget; François de Cambiaire; Emmanuel Tordjman

Key clients


MJA liquidator Naos Acamas

Emmaus France

UCB Pharma

Fondation Cemavie (Crédit Mutuel)



SEMEC (Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes)






Commune de Pontault Combault

Vendome Rem

Les Agences de Papa

Paris Contentieux

Azea Immorec


BAALBEK Management

EELV (Europe Ecologie les Verts)

Savoir Dessiner

Banque Nationale d’Algérie (BNA)

Parti Socialiste (Fédération de Seine Saint Denis)

Work highlights

  • Representing UCB Pharma the client as a defendant in 15 medical liability claims regarding the “Distillbène” drug.
  • Representing YUCA  in three proceedings initiated by the Federation of Charcutiers (FICT) and two producers, for denigration and misleading commercial practices.
  • Representing 15 French municipalities, a region and 6 NGOs in challenging Total, for its failure to adequately respond to the climate crisis.

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 4

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Tordjman; François de Cambiaire; Maud Touitou

Key clients



Didier Le Calvez



Emmaus France

SOS Méditérranée


Paris City

Center for Development and Enterprise (CDE)

Métropole de Rouen

Office Française pour la Biodiversité

Vendôme Rem (VCP)

UNADEV (Union Nationale des Aveugles et Déficients Visuels)

Median Digital Partner

Work highlights

  • Advising Electricité de France (EDF) in an alleged favoritism case concerning the awarding of contracts in Martinique.
  • Advising Center for Development and Enterprise (CDE) in proceedings against its former director for corruption charges. |
  • Advising various investors in the Apollonia, Aristophil, Pemiblanc and Forex cases.

Since its founding in 2015, Seattle Avocats has been committed to universal values of inclusion and defense of the commons.

We chose our name as a tribute to the great Native American leader Seattle who denounced the abuses committed on his people and warned of human responsibility in the destruction of the environment. Historian Murray Morgan wrote that Seattle was exceptional in that he distinguished himself as a warrior, but that he was first and foremost a peacetime tyee.

This choice reflects our commitment to humanist values, integration and diversity.

The firm assists and advises numerous associations and NGOs working for the general interest, diversity and the defense of human rights:

  • we have concluded a sponsorship agreement with the sea rescue association SOS Méditerranée (France and International) which helps migrants in accordance with international law
  • we regularly assist SOS Homophobie during trials against hate speech or homophobic acts
  • we have supported the association Ecole Miroir, an artistic training center for actors open to young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods created by Ms. Catherine Jean-Joseph (now Inclusion & Diversity Programs Manager at Netflix France and former Culture and Audiovisual Expert to the Interministerial Delegate for the Visibility of Overseas France)
  • we assist 5 NGOs (Notre Affaire à Tous, Sherpa, FNE, Eco-maires, ZEA) and 14 public authorities in the first application of the law on corporate duty of care aimed at enjoining a major oil and gas company to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (climate law, environmental law)
  • we assist UNADEV (Union Des Aveugles Et Déficients Visuels), an association of general interest defending blind people, in its reporting against a recognized media group following defamatory remarks made, as well as in defense of acts of violence due to disability;
  • we regularly defend associative or political activists fighting against hate speech and extremists.
  • François de Cambiaire is also a lecturer at ESSEC Business School, with Professor Viviane de Beaufort, a specialist in diversity and women empowerment.

On employment law issues, the firm has been supporting an initiative to facilitate access to employment for excluded populations for several years.

Finally, Seattle Avocats has developed an expertise in the French Duty of Vigilance law (2017) protecting the respect of human rights by multinationals worldwide. In this regard, we have defended Amazonian peoples’ associations in Brazil and Colombia (including Opiac, COIAB, FEPIPA, CPT, FEPOIMT), and we have also sued the oil company Total for climate inaction and non-compliance with the Paris Agreement.

CLIENT: Philippe BAZIN – Director
TESTIMONIAL: Advanced expertise in employment law, business law and criminal law. A real collaborative approach in the law firm that does not limit itself to theory or existing skills in the cases handled. A defence of our interests that results in victories and fully satisfying status quo decisions.

CLIENT: Sophie GRAS – Managing Director
TESTIMONIAL: True partner in challenging situations: guardian of the right path, in touch with reality, and always searching for the right solutions.

CLIENT: Jean-Baptiste SIMON – Owner
COMPANY/FIRM: Galerie Sakura
TESTIMONIAL: Seattle has done outstanding work in media law both on for my company and on a personal level. I am very satisfied with the advices provided, including the setting up of a strategy that has proven to be successful. At last, I recommend Seattle law firm for its drafting quality, availability, and the partners and associates’ listening skills.

CLIENT: Yann PHILIPPIN – Journalist
TESTIMONIAL: Seattle Avocats law firm has very competent and open-minded attorneys, with an impressive track record in press, freedom of speech and privacy law. Seattle Avocats’ lawyers provide both sharp counselling in sensitive situations and a real talent in litigation – they won all my cases. Their counsel is always accurate, and they can tell you when you’re wrong – for your protection. I would recommend Seattle Avocats without any reservation.

CLIENT: Didier LUPFER – President
TESTIMONIAL: Very qualified, multi-skilled, young, proactive law firm, very attentive to its clients and their issues. My main contact partner, François Ronget, does not hesitate to use additional skills within the firm to deal with my requests.
I highly recommend Seattle to other companies.

CLIENT: Ingrid MECA-SERVANT – Head of Legal and Contractual Affairs
TESTIMONIAL: The team is very responsive and provides valuable advice in terms of defence strategy. It also has a great technical expertise. Emmanuel Tordjman shows great dedication, perfect knowledge of the cases, and excels at representing his clients before courts.

CLIENT: Sylvie ROUSSEL – Founder, Producer
COMPANY/FIRM: 15 Production, P.A.T et MR GROUP
TESTIMONIAL: We have appointed François Ronget and Charles Lemoine, Seattle Avocats’ lawyers to defend and advise our three companies.
We are very satisfied with the work done to date. They’ve handled many cases in areas as diverse managing our 1 million euro fund raise, litigation cases, intellectual property advice and management of human resources cases.
We are very pleased with this partnership thanks to a team that is always open for discussion and has a rare multi pluralism.

CLIENT: Michel GOEMANS – Director
TESTIMONIAL: BLUEBELL INVESTMENTS and BLUEBELL Group are regularly assisted by Seattle Avocats and in particular by François RONGET and his team. We appreciate his availability and his expertise in corporate and commercial law. Bluebell is very satisfied with the work done both in advice and in commercial litigation and with the relationship established over the years.

CLIENT: Sophie MEYNIER – Competitiveness Finance Director
TESTIMONIAL: An excellent team with a high-level expertise and experience in legal and procedural compliance, shows strong involvement in matters and works hand-in-hand with clients, has excellent strategic reading of its cases in complex environments. The team is available and adapts itself to clients’ needs and emergencies.

CLIENT: Marie-Catherine REISSZADEH – Head of Legal Affairs – North and Ile de France
COMPANY/FIRM: Electricité de France (EDF SA)
TESTIMONIAL: We have been working with SEATTLE since its creation, particularly in the areas of criminal and environmental law.
We chose this law firm for its professionalism, the relevance of its analyses and its reactivity. SEATTLE assists us in the most sensitive cases, both in counselling and litigation.
We also appreciate the firm’s ability to understand our company’s issues and its specificities, therefore combining pragmatism and legal excellence.
Finally, the fluid communication between my legal team and the members of SEATTLE allows us to work together in a highly efficient way, especially when it comes to complex criminal law cases.

CLIENT: Fabienne LASSALLE – Vice President
TESTIMONIAL: Working with Seattle is above all a human adventure, a chance to meet highly professional lawyers who put their skills at the service of their clients with enthusiasm and determination. Committed, Seattle lawyers have chosen to defend the rights of those who work for solidarity and respect for human values.

CLIENT: Germain GRAC-AUBERT – Managing Partner
TESTIMONIAL: We worked again this year on several issues with Francois De Cambiaire, Emmanuel Tordjman, François Ronget and Sébastien Mabile. We choose Seattle Avocats for issues of environmental law, press law, criminal business law and constitutional law.

CLIENT: Nico Muzi – Europe Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Mighty Earth – Global NGO campaigning to protect forests and oceans.
TESTIMONIAL: Sébastien Mabile and François de Cambiaire of Seattle Avocats are world-class lawyers delivering outstanding legal work for the environmental movement in Europe. Specifically, for Mighty Earth, Seattle Avocats have spearheaded an unprecedented coalition of 11 organizations including Indigenous peoples from the Brazilian and Colombian Amazon and NGOs from France and the US to sue global retail giant Groupe Casino over selling beef products linked to deforestation and land grabbing. This lawsuit is historic because it is the first time a supermarket chain is taken to court over deforestation and human rights violations under the French due diligence law.

CLIENT: Armel JEZEQUEL – Admin Director
TESTIMONIAL: With an experienced team, SeattleAvocatslaw firm is providing a tailored service, with a fast and efficient analysis of situations. The firm is providing a real and human interface. Having especially worked closely with Emmanuel Tordjman on several topics over the last years, I can say that Emmanuel is a true specialist and a fantastic speaker. His view combining with a deep understanding of case-by-case folders, is highly appreciated and valuable in our day-by-day business.

TESTIMONIAL: Our partnership with Seattle law firm enabled to us to succeed in many commercial cases. Together, we have won four cases, particularly before Commercial Courts. This collaboration is one of the key factors of our image and our reputation, and is embodied by the defence of the quality of our work before judicial institutions.

CLIENT: Anne DAUDIER de CASSINI – Vice President and Managing Director
TESTIMONIAL: Our pharmaceutical company works with Seattle law firm in matters involving personal injuries related to exposure to the molecule of one of our products. They collaborate constructively with our insurer’s lawyers, throughout the entire legal proceedings, including working with experts, up to the settlement of damages if necessary. Beyond their legal expertise, working with Seattle law firm means always ensuring that the human dimension is included in our thinking and decision-making. This particularity of Seattle law firm allows us to defend the interests of our company in a way that perfectly matches our moral and ethical values.

CLIENT: Jonathan LEVY – President, co-founder
TESTIMONIAL: François is a great professional, competent, and very involved in his work. Beyond the law, François understands the business issues at stake.

CLIENT: Isabelle BADIE – Head of Legal and Contractual Affairs
COMPANY/FIRM: Veolia Eau – Direction Sud Ouest
TESTIMONIAL: For many years, I have requested Seattle law firm’s services (Emmanuel Tordjman and his partners). Their availability is only equalled by the relevance of their analysis and their customer awareness, which is the DNA of this firm. We have worked together in various areas: environmental law, white collar criminal law, litigation strategy, in private or public law. It has always been efficient, successful and pleasant.
In addition to their real technical expertise, this firm has a multidisciplinary understanding of the issues, and a real capacity to work in collaboration with their client’s legal teams. To sum up, here is what I look for when I work with this firm: daring ideas, rigorous execution, and the strength of a team. I have never been disappointed.

CLIENT: Julien BAYOU – National Secretary
COMPANY/FIRM: Europe Ecologie Les Verts
TESTIMONIAL: I was lucky to be assisted in various cases by Seattle law firm, both in private and public law, to defend EELV when we were attacked or to defend the precautionary principle and the priority to give to health and biodiversity, as well as to advise on elections.
I highly recommend Seattle law firm and its team, which is reactive, professional, fully committed… and talented!

CLIENT: Alexandra PALT – Executive Vice President
TESTIMONIAL: Seattle Avocats, and specifically Sébastien Mabile and François de Cambiaire, have developed cross-disciplinary skills that are particularly useful in the area of duty of vigilance. Their foresight and strategic advice have enabled us to improve our understanding of the issues raised by risk prevention , whether they are related to the protection of the environment or the defence of human rights.

TESTIMONIAL: Our company has been in relationship with SEATTLE and François de Cambiaire for many years, and we have entrusted them with many files, in business or public law. We have a great confidence on their skills for deals, advices, contracts, disputes and we appreciate their professionalism. SEATTLE has really contributed to our company business and legal security. They are responsive, and smart to find the best way and interest for us.

CLIENT: Madame Dominique BERTINOTTI – Former French Minister of Family Affairs, 2012-2014 (co-sponsor of the law “Mariage pour tous”, Member of the “Conseil d’Etat”
TESTIMONIAL: Throughout my case (2012-2020), I was able to appreciate the extent of the skills, the professionalism, the efficiency, the determination and the availability of the lawyers of Seattle law firm which led to a successful outcome in a complex case.

CLIENT: Jean-Philippe MESSERIG , Area Director / Managing Director
TESTIMONIAL: As Area Director for VEOLIA , and also Managing Director of a company owned by VEOLIA in France , I am facing various legal issues mostly related to management of hundreds of staff and all associated liabilities.
I hereby testify that Seattle-Avocats law firm has been of great and valuable support in all cases they had to process on my behalf to the best of my interests. They have demonstrated a very high proficiency and a customer orientated action.

TESTIMONIAL: We contracted with Sébastien MABILE last year and asked him to defend our interests in order to recognize a major environmental prejudice caused to the Guianese tropical forest. His professionalism and his conviction played a key role in the lawsuit and whatever the final verdict will be, we know he has done the best and our case has been pleaded the best way.

CLIENT: Olivier MANDIL – Head of Legal and Contractual Affairs
TESTIMONIAL: Seattle lawyers are valuable in difficult or multi-party litigation, namely in criminal and environmental law. They combine a high level of legal expertise with a strong ability to listen to the client and other parties.

CLIENT: Peter VERPLANCKE – Associate General Counsel
TESTIMONIAL: We’ve been working with Seattle, in particular with François de Cambiaire and Assumpta Nziyumvira, for a couple of years and we’re very satisfied with their services. They have a good understanding of the law and are pragmatic and hands-on. The fact that they go beyond the purely “legal reasoning” and adopt a holistic approach is very much appreciated.

CLIENT: ClientEarth (Keep confidential)
TESTIMONIAL: We retained Seattle Avocats on a French regulatory and administrative law matter to assist us understanding potential angles for legal interventions. Seattle Avocats provided us with high quality work product addressing both the technicalities and the broader context. We appreciated their professionalism, their creativity and their availability.

CLIENT: Jamel KASMI – Director – Cémavie Foundation
COMPANY/FIRM: Cémavie Foundation
TESTIMONIAL: We are very pleased with Seattle Avocats, both for its assistance and expertise and for the human values held by all of the firm’s Partners and associates.

CLIENT: David MALAZOUE – President of SOS Homophobie
COMPANY/FIRM: SOS homophobie
TESTIMONIAL: Working with SEATTLE AVOCATS has always been a pleasure.
Beyond their immense human qualities and the depth of their engagement alongside non-profit organisations, the lawyers from SEATTLE AVOCATS have always displayed a reassuring readiness, a remarkable precision and meticulousness in processing our cases.
Every single time, they do not fail to deliver the most thorough and accomplished work we have ever seen.
With its unique and impressive expertise, notably in the field of press offences, SEATTLE AVOCATS is an invaluable asset for us, and for the whole society to fight and put an end to hate and discrimination.

COMPANY/FIRM: International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
TESTIMONIAL: Seattle Avocats are a team of passionate lawyers dedicated to providing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary service. Bringing together advocates with a rich expertise in crosscutting areas of law, they are in tune to the diverse and complex needs of their clients.
This set is not afraid to take on pioneering cases and works with tenacity to challenge the boundaries of the law to achieve successful outcomes.
François de Cambiaire is very responsive to the needs of his clients, and goes above and beyond to fulfil requests at short notice and with diligent care, while maintaining an informative and collaborative approach throughout.

CLIENT: Mélinda ALLORENT-JADAULT – Head of Legal (West Central Region)
TESTIMONIAL: Very satisfied with the services of the SEATTLE law firm. Emmanuel TORDJMAN and Sébastien MABILE are excellent lawyers: experts in their areas, attentive, instructive, pragmatic solutions, and pioneers on certain complex issues.

CLIENT: Edwy PLENEL – CEO, Managing Editor
TESTIMONIAL: With Emmanuel Tordjman, one of its partners, the French law firm « Seattle Avocats » assists Mediapart as legal counsel and constantly ensures our defence before the courts.
As an online newspaper, free press that specializes in investigative reporting, Mediapart faces numerous legal proceedings from powerful interests that its revelations disturb. Thanks to the talent and dedication, legal competence and professional soundness of« Seattle Avocats », we have won more than 200 proceedings we have faced, with the exception of five on minor matters.
In addition to its professional effectiveness, Seattle’s team has a high degree of discretion in managing files. Besides its work during defamation trials, Seattle accompanies us on a daily basis on all legal issues related to Mediapart content (response rights, comment management, moderation of blogs, ethical charters, etc.) with efficiency, diligence and competence.
In summary, Mediapart has complete confidence in the work of « Seattle Avocats» and its lawyers. We applaud the work of the firm’s team and warmly recommend it.


SEATTLE AVOCATS has a strong international presence through its clients and cases, and in particular:  

  • Has been collaborating for four years with an American NGO (MIGHTY EARTH) also present in 4 European states (France, UK, Germany and the Netherlands) on issues of deforestation, agriculture and environmental and climate protection. Within the framework of this collaboration, we assist and represent a group of organizations representing the indigenous peoples of the Brazilian and Colombian Amazon and French and American NGOs in order to impose on the CASINO Group measures to stop the deforestation resulting from its activities in Brazil and Colombia; 
  • Advises a large American foundation, created at the initiative of the singer STING, in order to reinforce the representation of the Amerindian populations of French Guyana 
  • Advises the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), based in Montreal and London, in the defense of its interests in France and beyond (United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, Italy and United States); 
  • Assists and advises a major Belgian pharmaceutical company (UCB Pharma) and a Swiss environmental company (Norco) on their activities in France; 
  • advises one of the largest groups in luxury distribution (BLUEBELL) on all Asian territory 
  • Assists and advises an English car company (Lotus cars) and an English distribution company (Oxygen) in various commercial disputes;
  • Assists a large French company specialized in environmental services in the context of corruption proceedings for acts committed in the Caucasus region;  
  • Assists and advises journalists who are members of the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) network; 
  • Also assists a large number of individual clients throughout Europe and the world (Belgium, Switzerland, Hong Kong, United States…). 

Our team and networks: 

Our team is composed of 14 lawyers, most of whom have studied abroad (Qatar, Togo, Egypt, Spain, England, Scotland, United States…), mostly fluent in English and Spanish, and we regularly welcome foreign trainees (currently a Brazilian trainee). 

  • Sébastien MABILE is a lecturer in international environmental law for many foreign students of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po in Paris, and of the Master 2 of International and European Environmental Law of the University of Aix-Marseille.  
  • François de CAMBIAIRE is a lecturer at ESSEC business school, ranked 3rd in the Financial Times 2020 Masters in Management ranking. 

We regularly collaborate with organizations established abroad:  

  • Me François de CAMBIAIRE with the International Human Rights Committee of the American Bar Association (webinars and book project to be published in 2021 on duty of diligence and corporate accountability; he is also member of the European Center of Economic Law of ESSEC, 
  • Me Sébastien MABILE with the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.