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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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David Baffa

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Work Department

Hiring, Testing & Selection; Labor & Employment; Workplace Counseling & Solutions; Labor & Employee Relations; Employment Litigation; Complex Discrimination Litigation; OFCCP & Affirmative Action Compliance; Employment Law Training; Absence Management & Accommodations; Wage & Hour Compliance Reviews and Assessments; Workplace Policies and Handbooks; Social Media; Background Screening Compliance & Litigation; California Workplace Solutions; Organizational Strategy and Analytics; Government Relations and Policy; Arbitration Strategy & Litigation.


Mr. Baffa is Chair of the Workplace Compliance Solutions Group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which focuses on change management and the delivery of proactive solutions that help clients avoid mass litigation and develop internal compliance initiatives.  Each year since 2009, he has been listed by Legal 500 as one of six "Leading Lawyers" in the United States in the area of Workplace and Employment Law Counseling.  In 2017, he was inducted into the Legal 500 “Hall of Fame,” one of only 500 lawyers in all disciplines across the country, in recognition of his consistent praise received by clients.

Mr. Baffa also co-chairs the Employment Litigation Group, drawing upon his litigation experience to drive efficiency in the management of routine employment litigation, promote teamwork and the sharing of best practices, and stay abreast of employment law substantive and procedural developments.  He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and uses the SeyfarthLean approach to deliver increased value to clients.

Mr. Baffa has assisted numerous clients with business restructuring and workforce reductions, led the centralization and process-mapping of leave of absence and disability accommodation management, developed comprehensive arbitration and dispute resolution programs, conducted large pay equity, exempt-status and pay practice assessments, and developed tools and systems for assessing employee engagement, reviewing hiring processes, ensuring pay equity, and analyzing independent contractor and other alternative worker arrangements. Mr. Baffa has also conducted extensive employee and management training through Seyfarth Shaw At Work, including leave management training, anti-harassment training and positive employment relations training.  More recently, Mr. Baffa has assisted global organizations with regard to cultural assessments and the implementation of robust investigation and response protocols.

Mr. Baffa has broad-based employment litigation and traditional labor experience. He handles federal and state employment litigation, including cases involving allegations of sex, race, and national origin discrimination, age discrimination and Older Worker Benefit Protection Act violations, pay discrimination claims, sex harassment issues, failure to accommodate and disability discrimination claims,  breach-of-contract and employment-at-will lawsuits and wrongful discharge disputes. He also has experience managing administrative agency investigations, including systemic initiative, pattern-and-practice and disparate impact claims involving unequal pay, hiring and pre-employment testing, background checking, promotion, and reasonable accommodation processes.  Mr. Baffa also has experience litigating labor arbitration cases, conducting election campaigns, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and handling proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.


Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP.


American Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association; Princeton Club of Chicago.


J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (1995); A.B., Princeton University (1990).

United States: Labor and employment

Workplace and employment counseling

Within: Leading lawyers

David Baffa - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Within: Workplace and employment counseling

Clients appreciate Seyfarth Shaw LLP for being ‘smart, creative, practical and for genuinely caring about getting the best quality’. The team has experience in advising on organizational change and developing innovative technology tools as well as in workplace discrimination and harassment counseling. Chicago-based David Baffa chairs the workplace compliance solutions practice group and is an expert on a variety of employment-related matters, such as workforce reductions and restructurings, pay equity and training. Senior counsel Lawrence Lorber in Washington DC is regularly engaged by the US Chamber of Commerce in connection with employment issues, including regulatory representation on pending rule making. Ellen McLaughlin, who is based in Chicago, assisted an automotive manufacturer in increasing productivity while staying compliant with federal and state laws. The firm also has a dedicated group advising on pay equity, which is led by Christine Hendrickson (recently promoted to partner) and Annette Tyman in Chicago. Lisa Damon in Boston has ‘detailed knowledge of the law and is pragmatic and unfailingly responsive’. Further notable practitioners are the ‘fantastic’ Daniel Waldman in New York, the ‘excellent strategistJon Meer in Los Angeles and Frederick Smith in Atlanta, who has a ‘great amount of experience to lean on’. In New York, William Perkins is well versed in the different forms of discrimination and harassment claims, while associate Joshua Seidman specializes in paid sick leave matters. Chelsea Mesa in Los Angeles has a ‘meticulous no-nonsense approach’. Scott Nelson was a new arrival in May 2018 in the Houston office, joining from Baker McKenzie LLP.

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