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Seth James Harrington

Criminal defense Attorney at Urbandale, IA

4.9   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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About Seth

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    A conviction can affect the rest of your life. Even if you don’t serve time, it can drastically reduce access to jobs, scholarships and opportunities. If you are in trouble with the law, I’m not here to judge you; I’m here to help you get the best legal result you can. Having been a prosecutor, I know the criminal system inside and out. Not only have I litigated from both sides; I’ve also spent years teaching police officers about legal matters. I would love to put my experience to work for you.

  2. Child custody
    I represent people getting divorced, represent parents who need to stand up to DHS, and do prenuptial agreements.

  3. Estate planning
    Getting your affairs in order ensure your loved ones are taken care of when you aren’t around. A will is not only about the money. Who will be the guardian of your child? Who can you trust with access to your assets? What happens when people die “in the wrong order?” In addition to a will, a trust is a useful tool for providing for asset management for minor or disabled family members. If you don’t yet have a plan for managing your estate, we should talk.

  4. Limited liability company (LLC)
    As an attorney, I know how to establish corporations and other entities, protect secrets, obtain copyrights, and draft, letters of opinion. And as a small businessman myself, I appreciate the importance of keeping costs down. If you have a small business, I can provide affordable assistance, whether you’re just getting started or have found yourself caught up in a dispute.

  5. Adoption
    The legal world only has so many happy endings. It's always a privilege to be part of a child being welcomed into a loving home.

Law school doesn’t just teach you about the law. It also teaches you to never give up. While it was probably the hardest thing I ever did, the lessons I learned there are why I can stand up for clients at some of the hardest times of their lives. I graduated from Drake Law School in 2004 and have ten years of experience in the courts of Iowa standing up for people’s rights, whether as a private attorney, a prosecutor or a child protection attorney.


Harrington Law Office
2961 100th St.
Ste. 9
Urbandale, IA, 50322

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Posted by Amber | January 27, 2022
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I couldn't have asked for better representation!
I searched for an attorney that could help me with a house fire issue. I came across Seth Harrington, and he was immediately able to help. He listens to what is going on and understands that it is a very stressful time. He was up front and honest about everything, always explaining things to me to make sure I understood them. He always stands up for you and works for YOU. I told him that when he would call, I would get anxiety and start to worry or freak out before even answering the phone, so when he would call, the first thing he would say is “Ok, don’t worry” or “Don’t freak out” so I would know it was nothing bad, which was incredibly helpful for my personality type. He works to understand his clients and tries to help ease the anxiety and stress where he can, even with things as simple as the first line of a phone call. After my initial case, we pursued a follow up case to it, and Seth handled everything. If I was slacking on something (and I definitely did), he would just shoot me an email or call me to remind me and let me know when things were needed. He is a great attorney to have. He doesn’t sugar coat it, he is honest, upfront, and helps you understand everything that is going on. He was very accommodating with scheduling meetings and worked around when I was available. I would definitely recommend him if you are in need of an attorney! I hopefully will never need one again, but if I do, I know I will be reaching out to Seth Harrington.
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Posted by Tanya | April 1, 2021
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I cant say enough positive about Seth. He is very understanding and takes the time to understand your issue and need for a lawyer. He is VERY honest and upfront and doesn't beat around the bush.. He gives you his honest opinion but also listens to what you have to say. I'm very grateful for him representing me, and I HIGHLY recommend him.
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Posted by Jennifer Davis | September 2, 2020
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I not only recommend attorney Seth Harrington, but I guarantee once you have used his service you too will look no further. He responds in an extreme timely matter, he is a very knowledge, trustworthy person. There is no other attorney that will work as hard for you. I used Mr. Harrington for a divorce without kids involved, he is a wonderful attorney I could not have been happier and I will never go anywhere else. He is absolutely fantastic and did a great job. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Doug | April 16, 2020
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Very professional and courteous
Seth represented me in a frivolous assault case brought against me by my ex girlfriend. He took time to listen to me and lay out a plan of attack. He was able to plea down and get the NCO removed and get my life back to normal. I would recommend Seth to anyone who is looking for someone who puts his clients first and does so with a very high level of professionalism. I never even had to see the inside of a courtroom.
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Posted by Casey | March 10, 2020
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Seth comes through once again
This is second time in 6 months I've hired Seth to protect me from my ex-wife. Once again Seth came through for me. Even if we hadn't gotten a favorable decision, I would still have left this positive review. He works hard for his clients, and really knows how to fight in the courtroom.
Posted by Joshua | February 11, 2020
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Fair with integrity and grit.
Worked with Seth on a workmanship defect claim. He was fair in negotiating the relationship terms and was prompt in responding to both parties in the claim. I appreciated his honesty and straight forward approach discussing potential conclusive claim outcomes and rights as it related to the case. Great first experience with my first hired attorney.
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Posted by Casey | August 21, 2019
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Great experience with Seth
Yesterday Seth got the decision we were after, and that was a dismissal of a vengeful ex-wife's frivolous NCO. Easy to work with and he worked hard for me. I would recommend him for your legal needs, and will return if I ever need him again.
Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2019
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I had a great day in court. Seth fought for the best deal for me, and we won. It was fabulous. I had to cry. Court system can be so scary. Seth got the prosecutor scared and all worked out for me. Thank you so much. My life feels back to normal. What a great fight you fought!!!
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2019
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I would recommend Seth. He really advocated for us and was excellent with his communication every step of the way.
Posted by Brandon | March 27, 2018
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My experience with Seth
I have had Seth on two cases now..Rhis guy dies a great job ..It may seem like he isn't putting in the work. But this guy comes out of the wood works...we just won a intense trial Andi I had not listened to Seth and been honest with him we wouldn't have....Put your faith in this guy ..HE IS GOOD AND YOU WON'T BE WASTING YOUR MONEY. .
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Posted by Samantha | July 5, 2017
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Seth Harrington
I reached out to Seth for help in a small claims court case. He got me in for a consultation promptly and laid out a plan I was comfortable with. He was confident and professional.
Posted by Michael | January 26, 2017
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Case Dismissed with Prejudice!
Seth has done a superb job in representing me these last few months! Very professional and always answered my questions honestly. Pray that I'll not need him again but if I do, beats hunting around. I'll contact Seth!
Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2016
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Responsive and efficient
Found Seth thru the AARG membership site. Seth took my case after a quick phone conversation. He asked concise and specific questions to understand the case and my point of view. He determined the best strategy and next steps and we were able to settle the case quickly. I would recommend Seth to anyone that has a real estate issue.
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Posted by Nicole | July 26, 2016
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Beyond Satisfied!!
Seth is awesome! Dealing with an attorney is a new experience for me. I have been putting off a divorce due to reservations with the process, cost and thought it would be difficult due to limited information on my ex. Seth is extremely knowledgeable and walked me through everything step by step. Honestly I am amazed at how simple the process ended up to be. At our first meeting he went over documentation I would need to provide and he handled the rest from there. Even tracked down my ex's employer for child support. I didnt even have to show up in court! Received an email saying everything was finalized!! I still can't believe how seamless he made this process and has taken a huge burden off my back! I am beyond thankful and he is definitely my personal go-to. Cost is extremely reasonable as well. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2015
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Seth Harrington - very happy with his results
I've never had any contact with lawyers in my life and was very nervous when I suddenly had to find one for a custody issue. I was referred to Seth and instantly was put to ease as he made everything understandable and explained all the step by step processes. He fought for things I wouldn't have even thought to have fought for, and I ended up very happy with my current situation. I know had I not turned to the advice of Seth, I'd still be very confused and angry and the matter would still be unresolved. Seth has even taken the time to ask me how my situation is going and if I'm still getting the support I deserve. I really appreciate him making me feel like I matter and helping me get what I deserve.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2015
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Great for Guardianship!
I hired Seth to help with obtaining guardianship of a minor in Iowa, though I live in Illinois. Seth was very helpful, answered all of my questions, and made sure I understood what was going on. He filed all of the paperwork and met with the minor's parent and the judge in order to make the whole process move very smoothly. He responded to emails and phone calls. Overall I thought the whole process went very smoothly and I recommend working with Seth.
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2015
Great Job Seth!
I recently had an experience with Seth Harrington in Madison county. He is very helped out a lot, kept in contact with me and offered some friendly advice to try to help my case. Ended up he got me out of jail time with just probation and an aggravated reduced to a serious misdemeanor. I would definitely recommend and personally use him if anything else came up in the future. Thanks again Seth!
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2014
Great job by Seth Harrington
I was unexpectedly fired from my job. But worse, I was falsely accused of misconduct (which is why I'm doing this anonymously). My employer wanted me gone for political reasons, but they didn't want to have to pay me the large amount of unemployment compensation they knew they would owe me if they just laid me off. So my department head conspired with a secretary to tamper with documents to make it look like I falsified something. Mr. Harrington was instrumental in not only clearing my name, but getting me the compensation I deserved. He didn't have an easy job, because I was rushed out of my office by security, without being allowed to see any evidence of my supposed wrongdoing. To build a case, Mr. Harrington had to do an extensive investigation on top of the legal work. This included getting information from certain government agencies who have very strict secrecy requirements, but Mr. Harrington knew exactly how to work with them. By the time we got to the hearing, Mr. Harrington was so well prepared that the arbiter was actually laughing at my ex-supervisor as she tried to sell her story of my "misconduct." The unemployment I received kept my family from any financial hardship until I could get my own business started. Mr. Harrington also succeeded in having my ex-supervisor's accusations removed from my personnel file. I would recommend Seth Harrington to anyone because he fought for my integrity and my rights. And won.
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2016
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Great Job
I had to use him for a child custody case and got custody of my child. He was very helpful and explained how things would work and gave me all of the options. He done a great job dealing with my ex, as I could not. Thanks a bunch and great job.
Posted by Susan | January 23, 2015
Great Experience
I was at a loss and had no idea of what was going on. I was wrongfully convicted of a crime and a previous attorney withdrew my case. Seth Harrington was appointed to me and the first thing I thought was I was going to lose my case. Seth reassured me and worked diligently on my case. Unlike my previous attorney Seth notified me frequently of any changes and what to expect. Seth eased my mind, and showed compassion, sympathy for what I was going through. I would definitely recommend Seth if anyone asked. Great Job Seth!
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Harrington Law Office
  • 2014 - Present
  • Criminal Justice Instructor
  • Buena Vista Univ.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Wapello County
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Counsel
  • Iowa Department of Human Serivces
  • 2006 - 2014
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  • Drake University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Drake University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Competent Communicator
  • Toastmasters International
  • 2010

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
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"I have known Seth for 15 years and he is a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
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Urbandale Criminal defense Lawyer Seth James Harrington
Seth James Harrington
Criminal defense Attorney
Urbandale, IA
Licensed for 19 years