Seyfarth Shaw LLP at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Smart lawyers”
  • “Midwestern”
  • “Aggressive”
  • “Employment law”

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 it 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 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.


June 2015

Corporate Counsel Knows Best

Each year, the Legal 500 report recognizes legal excellence among firms, practice groups and lawyers, based on specific feedback from corporate counsel. In the 2015 Rankings, 11 Seyfarth practice groups and 63 Seyfarth lawyers were recognized in several areas, including Real Estate, Corporate (Mid-Market), Litigation/Trade Secrets, Employee Benefits and Tax. The Legal 500 is an independent guide providing comprehensive coverage on legal services and is widely referenced for its definitive judgment of law firm capabilities.

May 2015

Labor Law Leaders

Seyfarth Shaw was the recipient of the 2015 Chambers USA Award for Excellence - Labor & Employment Team of the Year, the top honor bestowed to firms by Chambers and Partners. The award reflects a law firm's pre-eminence in a specific practice and notable achievements during the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service. Chambers described Seyfarth as "the market-leading labor & employment practice in the country with an expertise and track-record of successful, cutting-edge defenses to employment discrimination class actions, bet-the-company EEOC lawsuits, and complex, high-stakes wage & hour litigation. With more than 400 lawyers, Seyfarth's Labor & Employment practice stands at the forefront of the employment industry, defending companies of all sizes at the epicenter of todays largest, most complex and strategic cases.

April 2015

Innovation LLP

Named one of the top law firm brands for the fourth consecutive year, Seyfarth Shaw LLP was the only firm to earn "Best of the Best" marks from in-house counsel in each of the four innovation categories in BTI Consulting Group's annual study, "Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms." Among the 650 firms named in the report, Seyfarth ranks No. 12 in brand strength and was the only firm to score top marks in the "Tech-Savvy," "Value Driver," "Client Service Strategist" and "Movers & Shakers" innovation categories. The firm was also one of only nine firms named by in-house counsel as the best in the "Recommended - Client's Choice" category.

August 2014

Working Parents Welcome

Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced that for the fourth consecutive year, the firm was named among Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers annual list of "Best Law Firms for Women." Scoring was based on the previous year's benchmark results, as well as responses to more than 300 questions regarding workforce representation; time off and leaves; child care; flexibility; leadership, compensation and advancement of women; and development and retention of women. Winning firms were also able to demonstrate support for flexible work arrangements and offer general paid paternal leave. Seyfarth is recognized for the following: To help its attorneys meet their personal responsibilities, this firm endorses alternative schedules, unlimited vacation days and a nonpartnership track… and an upcoming program for new hires will address finding balance.

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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: Peter Miller
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 859

  • 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
    Summer Associates: $1,800/week
    New York, NY
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer Associates:  $1,800/week
    Houston, TX
    1st year: $140,000 Atlanta, GA; Sacramento, CA
    1st year: $135,000 Summer Associates:  $1,800/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    5 out of 5 (2014)

  • 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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