Seyfarth Shaw LLP at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Good IP”
  • “Growing immigration practice”
  • “Aggressive”
  • “Bottom-line focused”

About Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Founded in 1945 by a trio of labor lawyers in Chicago, Seyfarth Shaw has grown to more than 800 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, employment, 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 and finance, 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 2014 BTI Consulting Group's Client Service Power Elite rankings, named "Innovative Law Firm of the Year" in 2013 by the International Legal Technology Association and was named among the Top 10 in the Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report in 2013.

Seyfarth is a two-time winner of the ACC Value Champions program, which recognizes innovation and value-based management efforts, and has also been recognized for innovation by the College of Law Practice Management. The firm also has been recognized for workplace excellence and as 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 is client focused and recognizes 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. To better meet clients' needs for value and efficiency, while maintaining high quality with its legal services, 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 advance 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

131 S. Dearborn Street
Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60603-5803
Phone: (312) 460-5000
Fax: (312) 460-7000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: J. Stephen Poor
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 835

  • Employment Contact
    Brian Sigler
    Assistant - Legal Recruiting
    Phone: (312) 460-6404
    E-mail: Recruiting contacts for all locations in the Careers section of

  • Base Salary
    Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC
    1st year: $145,000 New York, NY
    1st year: $160,000 Houston, TX
    1st year: $140,000 Atlanta, GA; Sacramento, CA
    1st year: $135,000

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Bankruptcy, Workouts & Business Reorganization
    Commercial Class-Action Defense
    Commercial Litigation
    eDiscovery & Information Governance
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Environmental, Safety & Toxic Torts
    Government Contracts
    Health Care
    Intellectual Property
    International Labor & Employment
    Labor & Employment
    Product Liability
    Real Estate
    Securities & Financial Litigation
    Structured & Real Estate Finance
    Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes
    Trusts & Estates

Major Office Locations

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