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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.

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

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

Stats

CEO: Timothy P. Ryan

Base Salary

Firm did not disclose salary information.

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

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