About Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

Just past the half-century mark, Eckert Seamans has rapidly grown into a major east coast law firm with ten offices and more than 340 attorneys practicing across a fully diversified spectrum of legal services.

Bucking Trends the Eckert Way

Founded in 1958as Eckert, Seamans & Cherin, the firm quickly attracted a weighty roster of clients, including Alcoa, Westinghouse, Levinson Steel, Equitable Gas, Ford Motor Company and the Great A&P Tea Company. Based in Pittsburgh, Eckert has offices in Massachusetts, West Virginia, New York, Delaware and Washington, DC. The firm counsels a wide range of clients including individuals, entrepreneurial start-ups, nonprofits, corporations and government agencies.

In 2009-a belt-tightening time for many other law firms-Eckert went on a hiring spree, bringing on dozens of attorneys to boost its labor law and litigation departments. The firm lured legal talent with competitive salaries and flexible rate structures. In another strategic hiring move, the firm resolved to only hire second or third-year associates to "avoid paying costly starting salaries to lawyers just learning the ropes," according to the ABA Journal.

Also on the personnel scene, the firm takes interest in its female legal players with its Women's Initiative at Eckert, or WIE. And its efforts don't go unnoticed: Working Mother Magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers have ranked Eckert as one of best firms for women to work at in the U.S.

Sweater Vests Welcome

In 2007 Eckert hired future Republican presidential nomination candidate Rick Santorum, then a U.S. Senator representing Pennsylvania, as an attorney in its Washington, DC office after Santorum lost his senate seat to Democrat Bob Casey. Santorum, who had worked as an attorney at New York-based Kirkpatrick and Lockhart before entering the political fray, left the firm just one year later. Maybe his departure had something to do with the fact that, as the Pittsburgh Tribune pointed out, Eckert members had donated more to political opponent Casey than to Santorum's campaign in the most recent election.

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Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

600 Grant Street
44th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 566-6000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • CEO: Timothy P. Ryan
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 360

  • Base Salary
    Firm did not disclose salary information.

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Alternate Dispute Resolution • Alternative Energy, Renewables, and Clean Technology • Antitrust & Competition Law • Appellate • Automotive Industry & Dealership • Aviation • Bankruptcy & Restructuring • Business Counseling • Class Action Litigation • Construction • Data Security & Privacy • E-Discovery & Information Management • Education • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation • Energy • Environmental Law • Equine Law • Estates & Trusts • Financial Services Litigation • Financial Transactions • Food Liability Litigation • Gaming • Government Affairs • Health Care • Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act – HIPAA • Hospitality • Insurance Coverage Litigation • Intellectual Property • Intellectual Property Litigation • International • Labor & Employment • Land Use • Life Sciences • Litigation • Litigation Management Online • Mass Tort Litigation • Mergers & Acquisitions • Municipal Law & Governance • Nonprofits • Product Liability • Professional Liability • Public Finance • Public Transit • Railroad Litigation • Real Estate • Real Estate Finance • Regulated Substances • Securities • Securities Litigation • Shale Gas • Tax • Technology & Licensing • Telecommunications • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) • Transportation • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) • Utilities • White Collar Defense & Internal Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Pittsburg, PA (HQ) • Boston, MA • Charleston, WV • Harrisburg, PA • Hartford, CT • Newark, NJ • Philadelphia, PA • Princeton, NJ • Providence, RI • Richmond, VA • Troy, MI • Washington, D.C. • White Plains, NY • Wilmington, DE