Seyfarth Shaw LLP at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Diverse”
  • “Excellent labor and employment shop”
  • “Great firm and top attorneys”
  • “Pays under market”

About Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Founded in 1945 by a trio of labor lawyers in Chicago, Seyfarth Shaw has grown to more than 850 lawyers across 14 offices in the U.S., London, Melbourne, Sydney and Shanghai. 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.

Wide-Ranging Expertise

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 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, health care organizations and airlines. And it would seem that the firm does a good job at it-Seyfarth has been recognized among in-house counsel as 'Best of the Best' for client service among the 2015 BTI Consulting Group's Brand Elite rankings, earning top marks in the "Tech-Savvy"; "Value Driver"; "Client Service Strategist"; and "Movers & Shakers" categories. The firm was also received top rankings from U.S. News and named "Labor and Employment Team of the Year" by Chambers USA in 2015. Seyfarth is a two-time winner of the ACC Value Champions program, which recognizes innovation and value-based management efforts, and it has also been recognized for innovation by the College of Law Practice Management.

For the eight year in a row, Seyfarth received a perfect score in the Corporate Equity Index as well as being named the "Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality." The firm is renowned for its workplace excellence and as becoming a leader in legal diversity. Seyfarth has been named one of the Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother Media and the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) for three consecutive years. The firm has been recognized as "A Great Place to Work" by the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for six years, based on an in-depth study of workplace practices and policies as viewed by the LGBT community. In 2013, Seyfarth received the prestigious Thomas L. Sager Award for Diversity (Midwest) by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA).

Lean Law Firm

Seyfarth's aim at being client focused has led the firm to recognize that one of the biggest challenges facing the legal services market today is the need to develop a common definition of "value" between law firms and their clients. In an effort to practice what they preach, Seyfarth has become the only large law firm to build a distinctive client service model, called SeyfarthLean, that combines the core principles of Lean Six Sigma with robust technology, project management, process improvement and practical tools.

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.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chair and Managing Partner: Peter C. Miller
  • Hiring Attorneys: Bob Stevens (Atlanta); Andrew Shure (Boston); Adam Greetis (Chicago); David Waddell (Houston); Laura Shelby, Aaron Lubeley (Los Angeles); Dov Kesselman (New York); Kristina Launey (Sacramento); Tripper Ortman (San Francisco); David Blake (Washington, DC)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 859

  • Base Salary

    Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; DC
    1st year: $145,000
    Summer Associates: $2,790/week

    New York
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer Associates: $3,080/week

    1st year: $140,000

    Atlanta; Sacramento
    1st year: $135,000
    Summer Associates: $2,790/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    11 out of 11 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Bankruptcy, Workouts & Business Reorganization • Commercial Class Action Defense • Commercial Litigation • Construction • Consumer Financial Services Litigation • Corporate • Distribution & Franchise Litigation and Counseling • eDiscovery & Information Governance • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation • Energy and Clean Technologies • Environmental, Safety & Toxic Torts • Government Contracts • Health Law • Immigration • Intellectual Property • International Practice • International Employment Law • International Transaction Practice • Labor & Employment • Pro Bono • Product Liability • Real Estate • Securities & Financial Litigation • Tax • Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes • Trusts & Estates

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA • Boston, MA • Century City, CA • Chicago, IL • Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • New York, NY • Sacramento, CA • San Francisco, CA • Washington, DC London • Melbourne • Shanghai • Sydney