Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

2 Star Rating     5 reviews 
Main Office:

233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 8000 | Chicago | IL | 60606-6448

Phone: 312-460-5000 | Fax: 312-460-7000

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Year of establishment 1945 Number of partners 392
Number of offices 13 Partner to associate ratio 1.50
Biggest office Chicago Percentage of women attorneys 40.20
Number of attorneys 844 Percentage of minority attorneys 12.60
Number of associates 257 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 2.60
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
   5 reviews

Seyfarth Shaw LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on July 30, 2020

Advice to law firm management: Hire qualified staff. HR should not be a former secretary with power issues. Educate personnel on labor laws and substance abuse. REMOVE the attorneys that spend 3 hrs on personal calls, 3 hrs on "lunch", and 3 hrs wandering the halls.

Pros: There is usually "something" good everywhere, not here. I did make a couple of friends.

Cons: The attorneys. I watched an Associate blame his secretary because he failed to timely serve discovery. He told HR that his secretary "threw papers" at him and "refused to file the discovery". That is not a typo or a reflection of my intelligence but rather, his. As this is EXACTLY what he told HR and her immediate supervisors. I never met a secretary or an attorney that did not know you don't file discovery, interrogatories, RFP, etc. until this. To add insult, the secretary did not throw paper, however, the attorney did and he did this when she brought to his attention that they did not need to "file" the discovery.

Partners to Avoid and Why: Labor and Employment. If any of their clients behaved the way they do they would refer the case out. They are aggressive bullies that harass and belittle the staff to relieve their own inner angst from their

Favorite Things About this Firm: Leaving and getting paid for my suffering despite their efforts to discredit me.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2016

Job type: Full time

- Reviewed on June 17, 2019

Advice to law firm management: I am filing an H1 extension with these guys. worst people to work with they dont respond at all.

Pros: Nothing is best from them.

Cons: I am filing an H1 extension with these guys. worst people to work with they dont respond at all.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2017

Job type: Full time


Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides thoughtful, strategic, practical legal counsel to client companies and legal teams of all sizes. With more than 900 attorneys in the U.S., London, Shanghai, Melbourne and Sydney, we offer a national platform and an international gateway to serve your changing business and legal needs in litigation, employment, corporate, real estate and employee benefits.

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Notable cases

  • eyfarth has won several awards in its legal journey since its inception in 1945. Some of the most prominent awards that it has won lately are mentioned below:
  • June 2012 Seyfarth Shaw Named Leader in Innovation by BTI
  • June 2012 Seyfarth Shaw Recognized by ACC as 2012 "ACC Value Champion"
  • June 2012 Construction Practice Group earns Chambers USA Award for Excellence
  • J2012 Seyfarth Shaw's Labor & Employment Practice Recognized in 2012 Edition of Legal 500
  • March 2012 Seyfarth Shaw Partners Gerald Maatman and Nicholas Geannacopolous Named BTI's "Client Service All-Stars"
  • Jan 2012 Law360 Selects Seyfarth Shaw's Labor & Employment Practice as 2011 Practice Group of the Year

Seyfarth Shaw LLP Awards and Recognitions

Individuals who look forward to work at Seyfarth are expected to display core values that the firm shares such as innovation, team work, client service, commitment and excellence. Candidates are also expected to adhere to core values such as persona, professional; and client service objectives.

The firm shares common characteristics firm-wide such as high performing teams, dedication to national excellence, and innovation to be leaders in the industry as well as communities in which its employees work. The firm looks forward to hearing from candidates who can share these characteristics and core values.

It looks forward to hiring by various means such as minority job fairs, directed mentoring efforts, and bar sponsored programs. Seyfarth has a non discrimination policy in force on which it does not base employment decisions on race, color, sex age, religion, natural origin, disability, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, veteran status, military discharge or any other status protected by law.


Seyfarth has laid out broad diversity goals to continuously strengthen a culture of inclusion and help people of all identities to thrive, succeed as well as lead. The diversity efforts at this firm are lead by its managing partner and two additional co chairs.

The firm strives to achieve a more inclusive culture and working environment and help identify solutions and strategies that support diversity efforts. The efforts are focused on recruiting, mentoring and promotion, as well as other issues such as community support, business development and communications.

Various groups also have been established to create a more inclusive culture as well as work environment, and even help identify solutions and strategies to support the firm's diversity efforts. These groups are intended to support various interests of minority segments such as African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, LGPBT, and women's interests.

Summer associate program

The firm cancelled its summer associate program for 2010; consequently there is no recent information on summer associate programs at Seyfarth.

Working for the Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Working for Seyfarth is considered to be a quality assignment. According to the buzz, the firm is considered to be stuffed with good lawyers and great people and has a nice for labor law. Additionally, it is considered to be LGBT friendly, and is also an easy going firm; however, it is not considered very high on the prestige scale. However, the firm, as discussed before, has a niche in labor law and associated fields. The firm's labor and employment group focuses on issues such as:

OFCCP and affirmative action compliance

business immigration

complex discrimination litigation

environmental law

ERISA litigation

international labor and employment law

labor and employee relations

OSHA compliance

Single-plaintiff litigation

wage and hour litigation,

Workplace counseling and compliance.

The firm specializes in various areas such as green marketing compliance, health care reform, computer forensics and fraud investigation, data recovery, enterprise IT initiative advisory services, electronic discovery processing, and cost containment. The firm also solidly focuses on employment and labor issues and covers a broad portfolio under this area.


Operating as an AmLaw 100 law firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Seyfarth Shaw LLP is a full service law firm that was founded in 1945 by Henry Seyfarth, ...

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