The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Work +1 213 270 9600
Fax +1 213 270 9601
Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, Houston, London and 9 more

Chelsea Mesa

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Work Department

Labor and Employment Department; Workplace Counseling & Compliance; Pay Equity Group; Retail


Ms. Mesa is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Her practice focuses on advising employers concerning various employment-related issues, including compliance with California and federal anti-discrimination, anti-harassment and leave laws, and other human resources practices, as well as negotiating and documenting employment and severance agreements. Ms. Mesa also counsels clients on their employment policies, and performs trainings on all aspects of employment conduct, including California-mandated sexual harassment training, discrimination training, and training on the interplay of the Americans with Disabilities Act with state and federal leave laws. In addition, Ms. Mesa advises employers on hiring and termination decisions, including those where federal and state WARN requirements are triggered, and handling performance deficiencies and evaluations. Ms. Mesa has extensive experience litigating employment matters on behalf of clients in the retail, manufacturing, entertainment, distribution, food-service, health care and technology industries, including single-plaintiff discrimination, wage and hour, harassment, and wrongful termination matters, as well as class actions. Ms. Mesa also has experience in handling traditional labor matters, including arbitrations regarding issues arising under collective bargaining agreements and advising clients on union-related issues.


Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, with honors (2001); B.A. in History, The University of Texas at Austin, with high honors (1998)


Ms. Mesa has an Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and is a self-proclaimed uber-foodie. She is also an avid world traveler, having recently summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. In addition, she is a classically trained vocalist who used to sing professionally.

United States: Labor and employment

Workplace and employment counseling

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.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to