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Our Survey Says


Associates may be attracted initially to Seyfarth Shaw for labor and employment work, but they’ll find plenty of reasons to stay. With no specific feeder schools, recruiting focuses on grades, work experience, diversity, and entrepreneurialism. Character is important, too, so associates can blend nicely with pleasant, personable, and professional office settings. People enjoy occasional social events together but also respect personal lives. Partners are approachable and treat associates like peers, and are happy to take questions and provide feedback. Associates appreciate the firm’s formal and informal mentoring opportunities. Lateral hires would appreciate more guidance in the onboarding process. Associates get high-quality, challenging assignments and are given increasing responsibility early. They must seek their own work; otherwise, projects are dispensed based on ability and specialized expertise. Seyfarth’s billable hour requirement is 1,950, and both salary increases and bonuses are tied to meeting the hours requirement. Salaries are below the market standard, though many associates feel it’s competitive for their practice area and that the work-life balance is better than at market compensation firms. IT specialists provide helpful tech support, and firm technology is better than average, though maybe not as good as associates’ home office setups. The firm promotes wellness initiatives and programs; however, associates haven’t completely bought into the efforts. Management encourages pro bono work, and time beyond the 60 hours that count as billable may impact discretionary bonuses. Seyfarth seems to do diversity fairly well, with affinity groups, programming, and solid hiring, retention, and promotion of women. Support and opportunities for making partner are viewed positively, and there are viable options to be promoted to counsel or transition externally in-house or to government work.


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:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

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

Employment Contact

Jennifer Fowler
Chief Human Resources Officer
Katie Beach
National Director of Legal Recruiting

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

Major Departments

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