I want to formally thank you for helping me and protecting my interests and the interests of US Airways pilots and the piloting profession following the recent incident in New York. Your skill, professionalism and dedication to duty are unparalleled and much appreciated.
I owe you a debt of gratitude I fear I may never be able to repay.
It is my privilege to be able to you call you a colleague and a friend, forever sharing the bonds in the aftermath of Flight 1549.
Chesley B. Sullenberger, III
Captain, US Airways (January, 2009)
Dear Fellow NBA Officials:
Just wanted to know what our legal counsel has done on our behalf during the recently concluded contract negotiations.
First off, he has held the NBA to the letter of the law with regard to our CBA. Lee Seham taught us that, unless a union aggressively enforces its contractual rights, the CBA is not worth the paper it’s written on. By filing and prosecuting the necessary grievances, Lee has given new life to our CBA, made us a credible Union, and put money in our members’ pockets.
He has also changed the way we negotiate with the NBA. In the past the NBA would NEVER discuss non=economic issues until the economic issues were settled. Unfortunately, our past history was that, once the economic issues were put on the table, we forgot as a group about the non-economic part of the contract.
Lee demanded that the NBA address our non-economic issues and filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board when the League shirked its duty. Lee’s strategy not only enabled us to achieve many of our non-economic goals, but provided enormous leverage during the economic negotiations as well.
In sum, Lee Seham has changed the culture at the NBA. Our group is now accorded a level of respect that we have never seen before.
Lee is a stand up guy not afraid to take on anyone on his clients’ behalf and in our opinion one of the hardest working and intelligent attorneys we have ever met.
The hours he has put into our negotiations, we could not pay him for. He is tireless and he fights for the little guy.
The best thing our union has done has been to hire Lee Seham and we truly believe in the years to come with Lee’s help and guidance this union and our CBA will be something we all will be proud of.
NBRA Executive Board
The PSRA Executive Board wanted to take the time to send a letter to show our deep gratitude to you and your firm, Seham, Seham, Meltz and Petersen for all of the time and effort you have put into developing our organization. At the onset of this process, we believed it would be one of a much smaller scale, but even with our limited resources you have tirelessly stuck by this organization through the whole endeavor.
While we have always believed in the strength of the PSRA, none of this would have been possible without your resilience and guidance. Throughout our initial meetings, followed by an organizing effort, and continuing into formal negotiations, you have enabled us with strategies that have made all of this possible and made success a reality. The collaboration between and among you and various members of your firm, Pierson Sports, and the PSRA Negotiation Committee has been outstanding.
Though we have limited financial resources, your firm has been 100% dedicated to this effort and never left our side and has treated us as if we were one of your largest clients. This is something for which we will be forever indebted to you on a very personal level.
We believe that with the strategies you have provided to us you have given us the opportunity to create a viable CBA, made us an impactful Union, and will ultimately put money in our members’ pockets.
In sum, you have planted the seed of change in the culture of the MLS, US Soccer, PSRA, and ultimately the PRO. Our group is now accorded a level of respect that we have never seen before. We believe you to be a guy of extremely high integrity and have been an extremely hard working and intelligent attorney to have on our team.
Having you here for our organization is the best thing we have done and we truly believe in the years to come with your help and guidance this union and our CBA will be something we all will be proud of,
PSRA Executive Board
I just wanted to say thank you for your diligent and spectacular legal surgeon’s skill. If I persevere in this endeavor, I would love to explore the idea of setting up a legal foundation to support low-paid pilots in the USA. There are thousands of entry level cargo pilots out there, Lee. They need help on a daily basis. We need to set up a 501C3 to help them.
The ISL is out, and you are nothing short of a hero! It is indisputably apparent that the arbitrators took heed of your arguments. They employed a 65/35 ratio of fleet and seat/longevity. This gained us some 200 numbers! The (minor) bad news is that the 787 (the first 25 planes) is fenced to CAL only. But the 747/A350 (phantom aircraft) is fenced to UAL (rooting for a quick delivery of 787’s, haha!)
Bottom line, the UAL widebody pilots owe you a great debt for your herculean efforts and quantifiable results! Thank you is inadequate for your fine work, Lee. You bring great credit to your oft, and undeservedly, maligned profession.
You may use this as proof-positive of the claim that Mrs. Seham didn’t “…raise no dummy!”
On behalf of all United Airlines widebody pilots, please accept our deepest gratitude which shall remain with us to the conclusion of our careers.
Captain Brian Atchison
United Airlines (September 2013)
Words are not going to express all my gratitude…
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for your guidance, help, patience, hard work, late emails and everything you have done on my case.
As we know, it was a very emotionally stressful case, but you were always incredibly supportive. I simply admire you! You are an amazing professional, and on everything you have done to make it work out. Your “creativity” and “plan B” under your sleeves always made me believe that everything would be fine in the end (as it did!)—
I guess it was meant to be…
I thank God every day for putting such an incredible person and attorney when I need the most.
I just can’t thank you enough…
So let’s celebrate.
All my love and appreciation to you…
Good afternoon Kimberly,
I just received the message from John regarding my forthcoming citizenship oath taking.
Thank you for your help! You’ve provided more than just legal advice. We truly appreciate it.
I will e looking out for the notice of my schedule for oath taking and let you know upon receipt.
We are looking forward to work with you again on the matter of my dual citizenship as well as for my son, your client, who is on Deferred Action.
Again, our sincerest thanks for all that you’ve done to help me get to this day.
We are looking at our brand new American passports and we are both just beyond delighted and relieved that the process has ended successfully.
Thank you for everything you did to ensure this outcome for joint citizenship. We are most appreciative of your expertise and patience handling our applications.
With kind regards,
Today, I finally had a chance to review Lee Seham’s letter to the OSHA investigator, Jason Brush. It is superb. Lee is, in my experience, an extraordinarily talented lawyer in dealing with AIR-21 issues. The factual and legal research that was involved in making his arguments was second to none. Lee sets a high bar for practitioners in this area. He did not miss anything so far as I could determine. Please let me know if OSHA makes a probable cause finding in your favor.
Alan Armstrong, Esq.
Dear Mr. Seham:
Thank you very, very much for all of your help over the last several weeks. Your advice, especially this week, was invaluable.
I have learned a lot during this process and I know that I am a better person for it. Most importantly, I’ve learned that the two of you are not only excellent attorneys but, more importantly, great human beings. I cannot thank you enough for your support. I really appreciate it.
My name is C. D. and I just wanted to write you a note about Kimberly who has been assisting me with an H1B visa transfer over the last couple of weeks.
I wanted to let you know how highly we thought of her. She was incredibly professional, knowledgeable and hardworking throughout the process. The case was as difficult a case as one could expect with a H1B and she couldn’t have been better. I will be forever grateful for the effort that she put in.
I will be recommending her to all of my friends and colleagues that are transferring visa’s and will definitely work with her in the future if I have any more visa issues.