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About Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Founded in 1945 by a trio of labor lawyers in Chicago, Seyfarth Shaw has grown to more than 900 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 2016 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 has also received top rankings from U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2017 edition of “Best Law Firms” and named “Labor and Employment Team of the Year” by Chambers USA in 2016. Financial Times awarded Seyfarth as “highly commended” in its Innovation in the Business of Law category for the program’s success in fostering collaboration and generating new work.

For the ninth year in a row, Seyfarth received a perfect score in the 2016 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 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 six consecutive years. Seyfarth has the largest U.S. Labor & Employment practice in a full-service firm, it is one of the top five largest Real Estate practices among the AmLaw 100, and it boasts one of the nation’s largest Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practices.

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.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

233 South Wacker Drive
Suite 8000
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 (Los Angeles); Lorie Almon, John Napoli (New York); Kristina Launey (Sacramento); Christian Rowley (San Francisco); Robert Bodansky, Raymond Baldwin (Washington, DC)

Base Salary

Boston; 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 Houston
1st year: $160,000 Atlanta
1st year: $155,000
Summer Associates: $2,980/week Sacramento
1st year: $150,000

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
17 out of 17 (2Ls) (2016)

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

Major Departments & Practices

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