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Seyfarth

At a Glance

Uppers

“This is a great environment for entrepreneurial lawyers.”

“I feel respected by partners and am given legitimate responsibility to complete sophisticated work for clients.”

Downers

“Below market pay.”

“In-person attendance emphasis and compensation model.”

About Seyfarth

Seyfarth Shaw is home to more than 900 lawyers across 17 offices in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and China. While it is highly regarded for its labor and employment practice, the full-service firm advises on a broad range of legal areas, including litigation, tax, immigration, corporate, real estate, and employee benefits. The firm operates through a distinctive client service model called SeyfarthLean, incorporating the Lean Six Sigma method into its practice.

Chi-town Trio

Seyfarth Shaw’s labor and employment roots run deep. The firm was founded in Chicago in 1945 by Henry E. Seyfarth, Lee C. Shaw, and Owen Fairweather as a labor and employment firm. Its early days saw its attorneys helping draft the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 and building a strong practice in labor arbitrations, pension matters, and Title VII matters. The firm began expanding across the U.S. in the ’70s with offices in DC, Los Angeles, and New York. Today, the firm has 12 domestic offices and five international offices—including the firm’s new Seattle office, added in July 2020.

Employment Plus

Seyfarth’s practice spans a variety of key areas, including workouts and bankruptcy, commercial litigation, securities litigation, construction, corporate, employee benefits, environmental, government contracts, intellectual property, real estate, trade secrets, trusts and estates, and—its specialty—labor and employment. Its clients range from Fortune 100 to midsize companies to startups and include publicly-traded and privately-held companies, as well as various types of funds. Seyfarth clients hail from a variety of industries, including financial institutions, newspapers and other media, technology, hotels, healthcare organizations, and airlines. 

Seyfarth has one of the largest U.S. labor and employment practices in a full-service firm. With more than 400 attorneys in this practice alone, the firm advises in a wide range of areas, including employment discrimination, international employment law, OSHA/MSHA, wage and hour litigation, ERISA, California Labor Code litigation, and much more. The firm is skilled in handling labor matters and regularly appears before the NLRB, SCOTUS, the National Mediation Board, state labor boards, and labor arbitrators. The firm consistently ranks among the top five in Vault’s Labor & Employment ranking.

Customized Career Paths

As is fitting for a firm that isn’t afraid to innovate, Seyfarth’s promotion and development structure has moved away from the traditional lockstep model. As associates, attorneys are compensated and advanced based on their individual merits and at varying rates—which could be either faster or slower than with a class year model, depending on the circumstances. The firm’s professional services group offers another alternative for attorneys by tailoring arrangements according to each attorney’s legal skill level, their desired time commitment, and overall total contribution aspirations.

News & Awards

AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • “Best Law Firm for Women” 2023—Seramount
  • Corporate Equality Index 100% rating, 2022—Human Rights Campaign 
  • Mansfield Rule 5.0 Plus Certified, 2022—Diversity Lab
  • Gold Standard Certification, 2021—Women in Law Empowerment Forum
  • Client Service A-Team, 2021—BTI Consulting
Seyfarth

233 South Wacker Drive
Suite 8000
Chicago, IL 60606-6448
Phone: (312) 460-5000

Firm Stats

Chair and Managing Partner: Peter C. Miller
Hiring Attorneys: Steven Kennedy (Atlanta); Ariel Cudkowicz and Kristin McGurn (Boston); Frederick Smith and Eric Sidman (Charlotte); Cory Hirsch and Tracy Billows (Chicago); Mark Coffin (Houston); Nicholas Waddles and Jonathan Brophy (LA - Century City), Dana Treister (LA - Downtown); Lorie Almon and John Napoli (NY); Kristina Launey (Sacramento); Christian Rowley (SF); Denice Tokunaga and Thomas Wybenga (Seattle), Christa Dommers (DC)
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
20
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1,950

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
1st year: $190,000
Summer Associate: $3,653 per week

Employment Contact

Jennifer Fowler
Chief Human Resources Officer
recruiting@seyfarth.com
Katie Beach
National Director of Legal Recruiting
kbeach@seyfarth.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 12

No. of International Offices: 5

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Boston, MA
Century City, CA
Chicago, IL
Charlotte, NC
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Sacramento, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC |
Hong Kong
London
Melbourne
Shanghai
Sydney

Major Departments

Corporate
Employee Benefits
Labor and Employment
Litigation
Real Estate
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.