Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

THE SCOOP

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 15219-2788
Phone: (412) 566-6000
Fax: (412) 566-6099
www.eckertseamans.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chief Executive Officer: Timothy P. Ryan
  • Total No. Attorneys 2012: 348

  • Employment Contact

    Cynthia Woolheater
    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Email: cwoolheater@eckertseamans.com


  • Base Salary

    Firm did not disclose salary information.


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust & Trade Regulation
    Bankruptcy & Restructuring
    Corporate & Business Counseling
    Dealership & Franchise
    E-Discovery & Information Management
    Employee Benefits/ERISA
    Energy
    Environmental
    Estates & Trusts
    Food & Drug Administration Regulatory
    Gaming
    Government Affairs
    Health Care
    Higher Education
    Immigration
    Insurance Coverage & Compliance
    Intellectual Property
    International
    Labor & Employment
    Latin America
    Litigation
    Litigation Management Online
    Public Finance
    Real Estate
    Tax
    Technology & Licensing
    Transportation
    Utilities & Telecommunications
    White Collar Criminal Defense

Major Office Locations

  • Wilmington, DE
  • Washington, DC
  • Boston, MA
  • White Plains, NY
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Canonsburg, PA
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Charleston, WV
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