2020 Vault Rankings
About Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Seyfarth Shaw is home to nearly 900 lawyers across 15 offices in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and China. 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. The firm operates through a distinctive client service model called SeyfarthLean, incorporating the Lean Six Sigma method into its practice.
Seyfarth Shaw’s labor and employment roots run deep. The firm was founded in Chicago in 1945 by Henry E. Seyfarth, Lee C. Shaw, and Owen Fairweather as a labor and employment firm. Its early days saw its attorneys helping draft the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 and building a strong practice in labor arbitrations, pension matters, and Title VII matters. The firm began expanding across the U.S. in the ’70s with offices in DC, Los Angeles, and New York. Today, the firm has ten domestic offices and four international offices.
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 to startups 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.
Seyfarth has one of the largest U.S. Labor & Employment practice in a full-service firm. With more than 400 attorneys in this practice alone, the firm advises in a wide range of areas, including employment discrimination, international employment law, OSHA/MSHA, wage and hour litigation, ERISA, California Labor Code litigation, and much more. The firm is skilled in handling labor matters and regularly appears before the NLRB, SCOTUS, the National Mediation Board, state labor boards, and labor arbitrators. The firm consistently ranks among the top five in Vault’s Labor & Employment ranking.
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.
News & Awards
In May 2019, Seyfarth launched a Biometrics Privacy Compliance & Litigation Practice. As a national leader in biometric privacy space, Seyfarth was one of the first law firms to defend an employer in a lawsuit asserting violations under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act
In April 2019, Seyfarth expanded its international employment team and its London office with the addition of Martin Hopkins and Ana Cid Velasco, formerly of Eversheds Sutherland.
In January 2019, Seyfarth announced 24 partners promotions; 16 of which are recognized as female or minority.
In November 2018, Seyfarth announced The Inspiration Project, which provides a $4,000 scholarship to be applied to an inspiration a Seyfarth employee has had, but has not been able to pursue, that is focused on health, wellness, lifelong learning or community impact.
- Seyfarth has received the Perfect Score in the Corporate Equality Index the 11th straight year, 2019.
- Seyfarth was recognized in Chambers Global 2019 Rankings.
- Law360 Named Seyfarth “Practice Group of the Year” in Employment Law for the 8th straight year, 2019.
- The Financial Times honored Seyfarth with its Innovation Award, 2018.
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 460-5000
Chair and Managing Partner: Peter C. Miller
Hiring Attorneys: Steven Kennedy (Atlanta); Russell Swapp, Ariel Cudkowicz (Boston); Cory Hirsch, Amanda Sonneborn (Chicago); Mark Coffin (Houston); Laura Shelby, Aaron Lubeley, Richard Mendelson (LA); Lorie Almon, John Napoli (NY); Kristina Launey (Sacramento); Christian Rowley (SF); Robert Bodansky, Raymond Baldwin (DC)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
750 - 1K
Boston; Century City; Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Washington, DC
1st year: $165,000
Summer Associates: $3,173/week New York
1st year: $180,000
Summer Associates: $3,461/week Atlanta & Houston
1st year: $160,000 Sacramento
1st year: $150,000
Summer Associate Offers:
12 out of 14 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
17 total (14 2Ls; 3 1Ls) (2018)
Century City, CA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Labor and Employment
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.