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Seth M. Messner

Washington, DC Office

Seth Messner's practice focuses on the representation of borrowers, lenders, issuers, collateral managers, servicers, subservicers, rating agencies, government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) and other parties in a wide array of domestic and international financing transactions. These include asset-backed secured lending transactions, single-family rental loan originations and securitizations, mortgage servicing rights transactions, securitizations of nonperforming, reperforming and jumbo loans, re-securitizations of real estate mortgage investment conduits, and the formation, administration and restructuring of collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) and other vehicles for the pooling of financial instruments. In addition, Seth acts as the hiring partner for Katten’s Washington, DC office.

Prior to joining Katten, Seth worked for the US Department of State in New Delhi, India and Colombo, Sri Lanka. Seth also worked in the general counsel’s office of the Student Loan Marketing Association (Sallie Mae) in Reston, Virginia, and for the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.

Shown below is a selection of Seth’s engagements.

  • Counsel in connection with the sale of a portfolio of junior debt secured by 80 aircraft. The transaction was named Airfinance Journal's 2007 Aerospace Deal of the Year.


Legal 500, 2018–2019
Seth M. Messner


  • JD, The University of North Carolina School of Law, with honors
  • MPP, Duke University
  • BA, University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia


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