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Seyfarth Shaw LLP
United States

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 1

Working closely with the firm’s IP and corporate departments on a myriad of cases, Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s dedicated trade secrets practice is consistently sought out by an array of entities operating in highly technical sectors, including automotive manufacturing, healthcare, and life sciences.  The team is praised by clients for its ‘exceptional expertise‘ in non-competes and restrictive covenants, an area in which the Boston-based Katherine Perrelli and Dawn Mertineit are key names. On the West Coast, Robert Milligan focuses on trade secrets, non-competes, and data theft cases, working with a diverse roster of multinationals. The Chicago-based Michael Wexler is noted for his expertise in high-tech matters, including electric vehicles and remote storage facilities. Los Angeles-based associate Joshua Salinas is recommended for his experience in trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and patent infringement. Scott Humphrey has left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Michael Wexler; Robert Milligan; Katherine Perrelli

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has incredible depth of experience. Many of their people focus on this area of law, and can be a resource for the less-experienced team members. So, they are able to scale up quickly and draw from years of experience.’

‘Kate Perrelli is outstanding. She is creative, practical, and strategic, and able to get excellent results efficiently.’

‘The Seyfarth team gets the results they promise with teams that know our business inside and out.’

‘Exceptional expertise on restrictive covenants. Accessible and thoughtful on matters.’

‘I have great confidence in Kate Perrelli and her years of experience in guiding clients in creating restrictive covenants and enforcing them in litigation.’

Key clients

Stryker Corporation

Capstone Logistics, Inc.

SeneGence International, Inc.

Optimas OE Solutions LLC

Whittier Trust Company

Panda Restaurant Group

JWE Inc.

Pitney Bowes

Illinois Tool Works (ITW)

Reynolds Group Holdings

Millennium Health

OnPrem Solutions

Karma Automotive

Work highlights

  • Representing Stryker Corporation in trade secret and non-compete matters to protect its intellectual capital and work force throughout the United States in matters valued in the millions of dollars.
  • Representing Capstone Logistics in a contentious trade secret and non-compete dispute in federal court involving several former executives who started a competing company, took a longstanding customer, and misappropriated valuable logistics software.
  • Representing Karma Automotive in one of the largest trade secret matters in the United States involving electric vehicle technology against a competitor and former employees related to misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, RICO, various breaches of contract and fiduciary duties, fraud, conspiracy, and related claims.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has an ‘exceptional’ immigration practice and continues to be a market leader in business immigration matters for corporates and blue-chip companies. The group has an integrated department spanning employment law and litigation, handling several investigations before federal agencies. Fielding a team of experts across six locations and jointly managed by senior partners Russell Swapp in Boston and Atlanta-based James King; the core group comprises Leon Rodriguez who is singled out for immigration regulatory and policy advice, having been the former director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services until 2017. Also in Washington DC is counsel Dawn Lurie who is noted for EB-5 investment work. Dyann DelVecchio Hilbern in Boston advises corporations, non-profit organizations, and education institutions on F-1 visas, permanent residence, and other US visa work. Sharon Cook and Gabriel Mozes in Atlanta are key members of the team specializing in foreign talent retention and visa issues, respectively. Over in the West Coast, Angelo Paparelli remains a pre-eminent practitioner, handling government investigations.

Practice head(s):

Russell Swapp; James King


‘Our account team at Seyfarth is exceptional – they provide a tailored experience to all our employees who greatly value from the legal advice they are given. Seyfarth is a professional firm and provides incredible service through the use of advanced technology and reporting features.’

‘I have worked with this team consistently for years and the people are what stand out the most. The attorneys and paralegals who work on our account team are dedicated individuals who truly value high client service. Gabriel Mozes is our lead attorney and has devoted a large majority of his personal time to servicing our account. We would have a very different looking team without Gabe.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Society For Human Resource Management on employment policy and immigration compliance.
  • Advised clients on a high volume of H-1B Requests for Evidence (RFEs).

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has handled collective bargaining issues in industries as varied as professional sports, construction and hospitality. The team is led by New York-based chair Glenn Smith, Seattle-based vice chair Molly Gabel and Atlanta-based vice chair Kyllan Kershaw, a management-side labor lawyer who works exclusively in traditional labor work. Washington DC–based Bryan O’Keefe represents employers in traditional labor law matters, including charges of unfair labor practices, union organizing and collective bargaining. Chicago-based Karla Sanchez has a strong focus on counseling clients through complex labor relations issues, including corporate campaigns, impasse bargaining and strikes. Also in Chicago is senior counsel Bradford Livingston.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Smith; Molly Gabel; Kyllan Kershaw

Other key lawyers:

Bryan O’Keefe; Karla Sanchez; Nick Geannacopulos; Joe Damato; Robert Fisher; Arthur Telegen; Bradford Livingston


‘The depth of experience across many lines of business and the ability to help clients achieve desired outcomes.’

‘Nick Geannacopulos is an experienced and passionate advocate. He goes the extra mile for clients in helping them navigate through labor relations issues.’

‘Glenn Smith is exceptional.’

‘Seyfarth Shaw has a very experienced team of labor attorneys that have dealt with pretty much every type of labor situation and they are able to respond quickly and efficiently when needed.’

‘I have worked closely with Joe Damato for years and he is extremely knowledgeable and effective in working through negotiations and other labor union issues we have had to work through. He shares his knowledge and expertise in a calm way and has worked through some very tough issues with us to success.’

‘Highly sound advice on a range of issues in labor and employment law. Great responsiveness. Common sense solutions – appropriately scaled to the issue.’

‘Seyfarth’s labor team excels at understanding industry dynamics and macro trends. They give practical advice that is actionable.’

‘Arthur Telegen is supremely creative and incisive. He gets immediately to the heart of any complex matter and excels as both a counselor and an advocate. Robert Fisher is emerging as an important force.’

Key clients

Ametek, Inc.



Dycom, Inc.

Eagle Materials

Housing Works

Jack in the Box

Packaging Corp of America


Phillips 66

Republic Services

San Francisco Opera

Service Corporation International

The Topps Company, Inc.



VF Corporation, distributor of Nautica apparel


Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 1

Highlighted for its ‘outstanding depth and high-quality attorneys‘, Seyfarth Shaw LLP is a popular choice for major and household name companies, with some client-firm relationships dating back several decades. Its employment counseling team serves as day-to-day employment counsel for many of the nation’s largest employers, but is particularly known for its complex, sensitive work, often requiring multi-faceted solutions. The team is led by Chicago-based partner David Baffa, who deals with clients across the financial services, pharmaceuticals and aerospace sectors. William P. Perkins in New York advises on contract negotiations and wage and hour claims; Boston-based partner Lisa Damon works with discrimination cases; Lawrence Lorber in Washington DC assists in a number of cases involving Covid-19 matters; and New York-based Joshua Seidman handles matters in the retail sector. Christine Hendrickson left the firm in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Dave Baffa

Other key lawyers:

William P. Perkins; Lisa Damon; Lawrence Lorber; Joshua Seidman; Jennifer Kraft; Daniel Whang; Tracy Billows; Gillian Lepore; Kyla Miller; Ashley Cano


‘The Seyfarth Shaw team is wonderful to work with. They respond quickly to emails and if it is on a topic that will take some research they provide an eta on when to expect the information. They are will to jump on calls and take the time to answer all our questions and concerns.’

‘Seyfarth takes the time to understand your company, the company culture and the ultimate goals. Josh Seidman has spent many hours working with our company to assist with providing advice on how to best handle the many nuances that are involved with local sick time policies.’

‘Outstanding depth and high quality attorneys.’

‘Larry Lorber and Jennifer Kraft are outstanding. Very knowledgeable and client service focused.’

‘Experts on paid leave laws, subscriptions to updates on leave laws across the country, class actions.’

‘Very responsive and knowledgeable. I’d highlight Joshua Seidman and Daniel Whang.’

‘Tracy Billows and her team are exceptional attorneys. They know the law…they know our business…they know our people…and they are very practical. It take a lot of time and effort to get to know the business and the people. But, Tracy and her team take the time to do that, and it is beyond helpful in the counseling we receive.’

‘I’d highlight Tracy Billows, Gillian Lepore, Kyla Miller, Ashley Cano.’

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP serves a roster of public and privately held companies, family-owned businesses and private equity firm on the full spectrum of corporate transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, investments and divestitures. Key points of distinction for its team include its prowess in distressed M&A, antitrust matters and M&A-related disputes, as well as its dedicated teams for privacy and security and representations and insurance. Operating from Chicago, Suzanne Saxman leverages her vast experience to support clients at every phase of growth, serving as counsel to start-ups and large corporates alike; she co-leads the practice alongside New York-based Andrew Lucano , acclaimed for his ‘significant expertise in M&A’. Healthcare is a particularly fruitful sector of activity for the practice though its workload spans a number of sectors including business services, technology, food and beverage, life sciences, manufacturing and telecommunications.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Saxman; Andrew Lucano

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Sherman; Paul Pryzant; Stanley Bloch; Whitney Schmidt; Aaron Gillett


‘Overall, a good team – and up to the challenge.’

‘The partners in charge of the projects are good, responsive and available to solve problems.’

‘This team is not just exceptional from a legal perspective, but truly understand the business and are practical in their advice and counsel. They are incredibly responsive and provide a lean team for effectiveness and efficiency.’

‘The individuals’ collective business sense and prioritization of providing practical advice and counsel sets them apart from their competitors.’

‘The team provides a great mix of being creative, protecting our interests and moving the process forward and not getting bogged down on unnecessary confrontation and drama. They focus on the big items and don’t let the process get slowed down on items that don’t move the needle. On top of that, they have significant knowledge and expertise on current deal precedents.’

‘Andrew Lucano and Stanley Bloch are two partners who have significant expertise in M&A as well as expertise in our industry. On top of that, they complement each other very well in their style thus giving is a good breath of viewpoints.’

Key clients

Alleghany Capital Corporation

Water Integrated Treatment Systems LLC

CIS Global LLC

AnGes, Inc.

Donde Fashion Inc.

Schumacher Electric Corporation

Energy North Incorporated

Hero USA, Inc.

Dynata, LLC

IPF Holdings, Inc.

Northern Wind, Inc.

Allstate Insurance Company

Radiate Holdco, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented a Japan-based biopharma that is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in a $250 million acquisition of the issued and outstanding stock of a US- and Israel-based biotechnology company focused on gene editing using synthetic biology to address untreatable diseases.
  • Represented CIS Global, a global solutions provider specializing in electro-mechanically integrated solutions, in a $200m cash sale of all equity interests of the business to nVent, a leading provider of electrical connection and protection solutions globally.
  • Represented in an $80m reverse triangular merger with a cutting edge automotive fintech platform that provides instant online loan screening and approvals to facilitate online car buying.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 1

A very strong firm that delivers top talent‘, Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields a construction practice recognized as a major player in the market, regularly engaged on some of the most significant, critical infrastructure and development projects in the United States and abroad. The team maintains strong local presence too, with hub offices across the country. Alison Ashford leads the New York construction practice and co-chairs of the national group. Her primary focus is on structuring complex infrastructure and development projects, drafting and negotiation of a broad range of project agreements. Michael McKeeman is a fellow co-chair and the firm’s key figure in California, handling disputes for owners, prime contractors, and subcontractors on private as well as public construction projects. Another name to note for contentious matters is David Blake, praised for his ‘ease in communicating‘, and alongside him in Washington DC is experienced practitioner Bennett Greenberg whose current workload includes a number of the most notable PPP projects in the country. Further lawyers with client recommendation include ‘excellent litigatorJason Smith, the ‘very knowledgeable and incredibly detailedSara Beiro Farabow, and her ‘communicative, clear and concise‘ associate Michael Wagner .

Practice head(s):

Michael McKeeman; Alison Ashford

Other key lawyers:


‘Seyfarth provides great effort and work product in the negotiation of P3 and similar agreements. Due to the complex nature of the transaction, it takes a very detailed and skilled individual to handle the multiple agreements and their interrelated aspects and intricacies. Seyfarth handled these matters skillfully.’

‘Chuck Wall and Alison Ashford are very diligent, thoughtful and hard working individuals who are able to deftly handle the most complicated of issues.’

‘James Newland hits the sweet spot in combining carefully supported advice on legal risks with a range of practical options for resolving business and legal dilemmas.’

‘Michael Wagner, has been our immediate “go to” person with any issues or questions we have. He is exceptional in being communicative, clear, concise, compassionate, and knowledgeable. During this ongoing pandemic, Wagner has been flexible and willing to work at any time of the day to help us. He understands the importance of our issues and has always strived to help us in any way he can. Wagner is also extremely willing to dissect and communicate issues thoroughly so all parties understand and are in agreement. He never leaves anything unclear. I could not recommend him or Seyfarth Shaw LLP enough.’

‘Seyfarth is a very strong firm that delivers top talent.’

‘Jason Smith is an excellent litigator and an animal in the court room. I’m glad that he’s on my side.’

‘I work for a community developer and we were looking for a top tier construction attorney to assist with document drafting and legal analysis. After researching attorneys, I discovered Sara Beiro Farabow. As a former head of the firm’s construction practice, she certainly had all the credentials we wanted; however, many attorneys have credentials but Sara has ideal experience for us. She is very knowledgeable and incredibly detailed. We have used Sara and her associate Michael Wagner on numerous projects and their attention to detail and willingness to walk us through all of our questions is wonderful. Sara is one of the best negotiators I have ever had the privilege to work with. Sara is just simply the best and Michael seems to have learned much from Sara. In short, I would recommend this firm and these two attorneys without hesitation. They are simply the best in this field and I am very happy to have found them. They have saved us a lot of money over time.’

‘David Blake of Seyfarth Shaw came as a recommendation to ourselves given our unique circumstances and the challenges we could expect. We have been highly impressed with David’s performance and his ability to articulate somewhat technical elements into a manner which are easily understood and fully within our interests. David’s ease in communicating has created a working relationship that is professional, courteous and welcomed.’

Key clients

PGP Development LLC

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission

Branch Civil Inc.

Watts Constructors, LLC

Northrop Grumman Coporation

RMC Constructors, Inc.

Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA)

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW)

Panther Residential Management, LLC

The Hall Group

Eisai Research Institution of Boston, Inc.

Sira Naturals, Inc.

New England Produce Center, Inc.

RTIC Outdoors

Wolverine World Wide Inc.

Hammes Partners

Paradigm Hotels Group LLC

International Monetary Fund

Work highlights

  • Representing the Transbay Joint Powers Authority on all construction-related matters pertaining to the development of a $4.5bn transit center in the heart of San Francisco.
  • Representing an international organization against a $138m claim in a case of first impression seeking to recover against international organizations under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which plaintiffs allege waives aspects of treaty and statutory immunity in order to seize certain alleged blocked assets.
  • Acting for the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC), a regional transportation financing agency in Virginia, in connection with both the HRBT Expansion and the Express Lanes project.

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 2

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has one of the largest and most prolific e-discovery groups in the US, with a number of partners who dedicate their entire practices to information governance and discovery issues. Advising on discovery issues in the context of labor litigation is a particular specialism of the team, which often collaborates with member of the employment department to provide clients with a comprehensive service. Many members of the department have strong technical backgrounds; Scott Carlson, who leads the national practice from Chicago, has previous experience as a software engineer, while deputy head Jay Carle (also based in Chicago) has over a decade of experience in consulting on technology systems administration and security, knowledge management and legal software design. In San Francisco, Kathleen McConnell takes the lead on the firm’s use of data analytics in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Scott Carlson

Other key lawyers:

Jason Priebe; Kathleen McConnell; Jay Carle; John Tomaszewski


‘Wealth of experience and how e-discovery overlaps with other practice areas so you can get proactive, effective advice.’

‘Scott Carlson has deep expertise in e-discovery, privacy, cybersecurity and other related areas so he is able to deliver strategic, proactive and effective advice.’

‘Scott Carlson’s diplomatic style works well with all levels of an organization, so you can trust him to deliver advice not just to the team but the executives and board. Finally, Scott is well connected to other experts and happy to loop them in so you can have a one-stop-shop with his practice.’

‘Seyfarth has key subject matter experts in every field that we require.’

‘While they are still mostly a national law firm with a small global footprint, I have found that they coordinate seamlessly with our foreign counsel and often have a good grasp of extraterritorial laws themselves. Their e-discovery/cyber, privacy, internal investigation, and employment & labor practices are specifically some of the best I’ve seen anywhere.’

‘Scott Carlson and John Tomaszewski are two of the most knowledgeable resources in their respective practice areas that can be found. Both of them is an absolute source of truth in their areas. They know exactly when to bring in team members when they are needed, but keep extra resources lean where they are able to, and always provide the work they bill for themselves.’

‘The Seyfarth e-discovery practice is responsive, extremely knowledgeable and have built in efficiencies in how they use analysts and attorneys.’

‘The Seyfarth team is great as a whole. Kathleen McConnell has jumped on last minute projects involving harvesting large amounts of data from both legacy and current systems and is extremely knowledgeable about data collection and and analysis.’

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 2

Commended for its ‘great knowledge’ in a broad range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, Seyfarth Shaw LLP acts for clients across the manufacturing, retail, healthcare, insurance and financial services sectors. In the firm’s Chicago office, practice leader Diane Dygert has extensive experience advising on health and welfare plans, while Jonathan Karelitz ‘gives fantastic and practical advice’ to clients on pension de-risking matters. Also in Chicago, Jennifer Kraft focuses on qualified retirement and welfare plans, and Seattle-based Liz Deckman handles all aspects of tax-qualified retirement plans and trusts, including section 401(k), profit sharing and defined benefit plans. In New York, Richard Schwartz advises healthcare-sector clients on deferred and executive compensation arrangements, corrections under the IRS and DOL programs, as well as fiduciary issues, while Howard Pianko focuses on ERISA plan governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Diane Dygert

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Karelitz; Jennifer Kraft; Liz Deckman; Richard Schwartz; Howard Pianko


‘Great knowledge, creative and practical in advising, and responsive in a very timely manner.’

‘Jon Karelitz is the best. He is very responsive and helpful, gives fantastic practical advice and doesn’t try to do more than is necessary.’

‘Exceptional client focus and availability, very adept at delivering complex legal analysis in plain English. The entire team is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Jon Karelitz and Diane Dygert are go-to legal resources in the defined benefit and defined contribution retirement income spaces, respectively. Very impressed with their attention to detail and ability to communicate to various functions within our company.’

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 2

Seyfarth Shaw LLP leverages the expertise of its benefits and compensation team, with extensive employee benefit plan design and compliance experience. Sam Schwartz-Fenwick regularly advises clients in emerging employment/employee benefit best practices related to the rapidly changing legal and cultural landscape surrounding the LGBT community, including transgender insurance benefit coverage, and, on the contentious side, also has experience in claims involving transgender and LGBTQ employee-benefits discrimination. The team is led by San Francisco–based partner Kathleen Cahill Slaught, who counsels clients on the ERISA litigation risks associated with offering benefits to their evolving employee work force, and Chicago-based partner Ian Morrison.

Practice head(s):

Kathleen Cahill Slaught; Ian Morrison

Other key lawyers:

Sam Schwarz-Fenwick

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 2

The labor and employment team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP is highly regarded for its ‘knowledge of the law, briefing skills, courtroom skills, due diligence, case preparation and commitment to winning the case’. The practice is particularly known for its strong track record of defeating class certification while also housing capabilities in complex wage and hour disputes and discrimination lawsuits. It benefits from its ability to leverage the firm’s national team of trial lawyers. Working in close collaboration with the firm’s eDiscovery and information governance team, it also assists clients with the statistical analysis and data visualization of issues such as equity pay analysis and exemption classifications. Discrimination lawsuit expert Laura Maechtlen leads the practice from San Francisco. Supporting the group in Chicago is Gerald Maatman, Jr., who is well versed in class action litigation, and Camille Olson, who has experience in wage and hour claims, independent contractor issues and discrimination lawsuits. Class and collective action expert Coby Turner in Sacramento is also recommended. Atlanta-based Annette Idalski, ‘an amazing lawyer and leader’, joined the firm in May 2021 from Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

Practice head(s):

Laura Maechtlen

Other key lawyers:

Gerald Maatman, Jr.; Camille Olson; Coby Turner; Noah Finkel; Annette Idalski; Brian Smith; Kyle Winnick


‘Seyfarth has a depth of knowledge and capabilities across multiple employment law practice areas ranging from wage and hour, paid sick leave, drug testing, background checks, pay equity to diversity & inclusion, immigration, and labor relations. If there’s someone that has more depth and expertise in an area or jurisdiction (e.g. California) that would be more helpful, the team has no hesitation in connecting me to that attorney, and billing is reasonable for the work that’s done.’

‘The team at Seyfarth Shaw has been great to work with. They are responsive, clear and always provide great counsel. They are willing to meet by phone, Zoom or whatever I prefer.’

‘The attorneys I work with are very practical in their advice and counsel. There isn’t fluff in how they respond. Part of the practicality I appreciate from Seyfarth attorneys is that recommendations can reasonably be acted upon. The attorneys at Seyfarth seem to have a better understanding of the challenges we deal with as in-house attorneys in terms of navigating organizations that may have multiple stakeholders. I believe this is in part due to the breadth of matters they handle for a large number of organizations in different industries and with different employee bases. They also share insight as to how they have advised other clients navigating similar issues thereby providing more options for consideration than other firms. Noah Finkel and Brian Long have provided excellent support from a wage and hour perspective.’

‘I primarily work with Camille Olson and she is incredibly responsive, understands my industry and its particular needs, and is always helpful and supportive. When needed, she has brought in other attorneys who are well versed in the areas I needed. I have no hesitation in recommending Camille and Seyfarth Shaw.’

‘The labor & employment team at Seyfarth is exceptional. I have worked primarily with Annette Idalski and her team. Annette’s team is very strong in wage and hour litigation, with a primary focus on the Fair Labor Standards Act. Annette’s team are exceptional litigators in employment law. They deliver an exceptional work product and are extremely focused on winning cases for their clients.’

‘I work primarily with Annette Idalski, Brian Smith, and Kyle Winnick. The qualities that I value about this team are knowledge of the law, briefing skills, courtroom skills, due diligence, case preparation and commitment to winning the case. Annette leads this team with a commitment to law that I have never seen. She is an amazing lawyer and leader.’

‘This practice is unique not just in its depth and breadth of knowledge and experience, but in the very practical way they work with companies to find the best solution or achieve the best outcome according to the specific needs and desires of the company. On more than one occasion I have come to this practice group at Seyfarth with an issue and they propose a practical and real-life solution that perfectly fits my needs and risk tolerance as a company.’

‘Noah Finkel is an expert on the substance. He marries knowledge with what really matters to clients. He can take a complex theory or legal concept and boil it down quickly to how it impacts my employees and how we as a company can best adapt and change to ensure compliance and a workable solution.’

Key clients

Allstate Insurance Company

BP Amoco

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Nike, Inc.

Prudential Insurance Company of America


UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

US Foods, Inc.

The Walgreen Company

Wells Fargo Bank


General Motors

Work highlights

  • Represented a healthcare client in a four-day trial in a PAGA-only representative action, winning a motion for judgement following the close of the plaintiff’s case, securing a total win for the client.
  • Successfully represented a healthcare client in an important appellate decision at the Ninth Circuit by obtaining a complete dismissal of a California wage-hour class and FLSA collective action filed against  a hospital system, which was upheld by the Ninth Circuit.
  • Assisted a staffing company in securing the dismissal of a nationwide gender discrimination class action by successfully arguing a motion to dismiss the case, which alleged systemic discrimination against thousands of female employees.

Tax > Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) Tier 2

The tax-exempt practice at Seyfarth Shaw LLP is housed in Los Angeles and has extensive transactional tax expertise and experience in regulatory compliance for higher education and healthcare sector clients. Jointly managed by Ofer Lion and experienced practitioner Douglas Mancino, the team handles non-profit formation, international operations and lobbying and political activity for large public charities. It can also leverage its firm wide litigation offering to handle tax-related disputes. Senior counsel Christian Canas advises on exempt status formation and operational matters whilst Richard Schwartz in New York is the contact for hospitals on employee benefits, having over three decades of experience in this area. Lisa Schaures joined the team in Seattle from Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in September 2021 and advises non-profits on corporate tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Mancino; Ofer Lion

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

YMCA of Orange County

Northwell Health

University Hospitals Health System, Inc.

Montefiore Medical Center

Ultimate Medical Academy

Florida Non-Profit Housing, Inc.

University of Redlands

Gary Sinise Foundation

Citizens of the World Charter Schools

The Jack and Laura Dangermond Conservation Foundation

SCAN Health Plan

Work highlights

  • Advised Ultimate Medical Academy with respect to ongoing administration of its 401(k) retirement plan, with particular involvement in a three-year compliance audit of the plan and development of corrective strategies and actions, which includes a voluntary compliance filing with the IRS.
  • Advised University Hospitals Health System, Inc. across the spectrum of employee benefit plans and issues for large multi-hospital systems.
  • Advised Northwell Health on tax-qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, executive compensation, fiduciary and plan governance matters.

Government > Government contracts Tier 3

With coast to coast coverage in its offering, Seyfarth Shaw LLP is trusted and known for its strong bid protests and claims litigation practice. The team also provides counselling and regulatory compliance expertise for a number of household name companies at a federal, state, and local level. Recently launched within the practice was the firm’s formal cross-practice group between the government contracts, employment, employee, and labor relations groups, offering clients an integrated multidisciplinary approach to their needs. San Francisco-based Donald Featherstun and Seattle-based Adam Lasky co-lead the practice, both adept in bid protests, claims, transactions, and cost accounting matters. Washington DC-based Edward Arnold is a key contact in the team for contract claims, procurement fraud, and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Donald Featherstun; Adam Lasky

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Dyer; Edward Arnold; Anthony LaPlaca; Christopher Robertson; Barry Miller; Gina Ferrari


‘The Seyfarth team is unique in the quality of its partners and the caliber of representation they deliver. What distinguishes their lawyers the most is the creativity in advocacy they bring to the table. Seyfarth is consistently well prepared and provides excellent results to our company in litigation; relatedly, the group also provides key strategic counsel on other regulatory compliance needs that arise within our business from time to time.

‘Christopher Robertson, Teddie Arnold, and Barry Miller, along with many of the other Seyfarth partners and Sr. Counsel are always knowledgeable, timely and creative in their approach to providing skilled advocacy.’

‘Seyfarth has very good intergenerational mix of attorneys that are assigned to litigation teams. I have noticed that this mix provides a good synergy among the attorneys, which in my view improves the work product.’

‘Attorney Teddie Arnold has all of the qualities needed of a successful litigator. He is very well equipped intellectually and has excellent interpersonal skills. Overall, a very nice (and unusual)combination of traits for a litigator.’

‘Seyfarth has a particularly strong Government contracts practice because its team blends a high degree of expertise in this area with best-in-class trial skills. Seyfarth is highly attuned to client needs and concerns and takes a collaborative approach to the development and execution of case strategy. The team is very receptive to feedback, approaches trial preparation with impressive dedication and attention to detail, and achieves great results.’

‘Don Featherstun and Gina Ferrari are two of the best trial lawyers I’ve ever seen in action, as reflected in their grace under pressure, ability to think on their feet, skillful examination of witnesses, and mastery of complex facts. They are highly knowledgeable in government contracts, which makes for a formidable team in government contract disputes.’

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

Seyfarth Shaw LLP‘s global privacy and security practice stands out for its expertise in data security and encryption and is highly appreciated for its commercially-savvy advice, deriving from experience in in-house capacities. The team’s ‘strong understanding’ of the needs of security leaders, risk leaders, senior management and directors gains them particular praise. Scott Carlson  ‘is skillful and ensures that messaging is effective, yet balanced for key parties involved.’ Carlson is based in Chicago and co-heads the group together with John Tomaszewski in Houston. Jason Priebe and Bart Lazar  in Chicago are noted. Richard Lutkus left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Scott Carlson; John Tomaszewski

Other key lawyers:

Jason Priebe; Bart Lazar


‘They have brought a strong understanding of cyber-risk advisory and relevant experience to the forefront in protecting proprietary information, assisting in the interpretation of results, and communicating assessment results in a most effective manner for security leaders, risk leaders, senior management and directors.’

‘Scott Carlson brings his expert knowledge to his work in providing guidance around the execution of engagements, interpretation of results, and communication of results to audiences of different management levels and knowledge. He is skillful and ensures that messaging is effective, yet balanced for key parties involved.’

Real estate Tier 3

Seyfarth Shaw LLP‘s client roster ranges from Fortune 100 companies through to commercial and investment banks, developers and REITS. Leading Boston’s real estate practice, Catherine Burns is at the forefront of new developments in the marketplace, owing to her experience handling transactions in the cannabis and opportunity zone investment space. In New York, Daniel Evans represents lenders and borrowers in all aspects of commercial real estate finance, while Cynthia Mitchell focuses on investments in the healthcare space. San Francisco’s Robin Freeman is another finance expert, concentrating on transactions in California and the West coast. Paul Mattingly chairs the national practice from Atlanta.  

Practice head(s):

Paul Mattingly

Other key lawyers:

Robin Freeman; Daniel Evans; Catherine Burns; Cynthia Mitchell


‘The real estate team is excellent at project management and they consistently deliver on a high volume of complex transactions. They have broad expertise across a variety of asset classes in multiple geographies so we are able to engage them on deals across our US portfolio.’

‘Seyfarth Shaw has been an integral part of our team for many years. Their ability to work on locations across the US makes them a convenient “one stop shop” for our legal review of real estate documents.’

‘I’m always impressed with the Seyfarth team. They are thoughtful, punctual, responsive, and always keep protecting our best interests in mind as their client. ’

‘Seyfarth is a very well-equipped team. They are well resourced with a great, and well earned reputation, while also being very reasonable with their billings. They collaborate better than any other law firm I have worked with.’

Key clients


Capri Urban Fund

Energy North Incorporated

Hammes Partners

LBA Realty

New York Life Insurance Company

Oliver St. Capital LLC

Slate Property Group

UC Regents

Work highlights

  • Represented LBA Realty in a $1.6bn recapitalization and financing of two industrial portfolios of 50+ total assets in eight states.
  • Represented Hammes Partners in a $605m sale of 29 medical office buildings in 12 states, including multiple loan assumptions.
  • Represented UC Regents in a $362m sale transaction of a trophy office building located in the prime Seaport District of Boston, Massachusetts.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 4

Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides ‘a very practical perspective on what is legally sound and commercially appropriate‘ for clients from a range of industries engaged in product liability defense of individual, multi-plaintiff, and class action lawsuits. The firm has capability throughout the product life cycle, enabling it to advise on risk management matters, as well as in litigation before state and federal courts – where it is able to leverage the expertise of litigators on both coasts as well as in the Midwest. It is also appreciated for its ability to ‘provide value in a cost-effective manner‘ which it achieves through lean staffing and a very effective use of its sophisticated litigation technology department. Thomas Locke, who ‘provides outstanding advice regarding early-case strategy’, and Joseph Orzano co-head the products liability team from Washington DC and Boston, respectively, often working closely with members of the consumer class action group, which is led by Chicago-based Kristine Argentine.


They understand the client and their needs, and always have a very practical perspective on what is legally sound, and commercially appropriate.’

Seyfarth Shaw excels at successfully managing client and case requirements, strategic litigation management, cost effectiveness, and diversity.’

They achieve successes by conducting early and thorough case assessments, identifying critical legal and factual issues, building and fostering relationships based upon trust, and applying their excellent written and oral advocacy skills. Second, Seyfarth provides value in a cost-effective manner.’

Seyfarth works with clients to determine reasonable goals and narrowly tailoring litigation tactics to achieve those goals, whether that means a motion to dismiss, limited discovery regarding a factual issue necessary for an early motion for summary judgment, mediation, trial, or appeal.’

Tom Locke provides outstanding advice regarding early-case strategy, and he works collaboratively with me and insureds to implement that strategy efficiently and cost effectively. Tom’s thorough preparation and litigation skills ensure that we obtain the best possible results.’

Renee Appel is a successful oral advocate and writer who guides clients, fact and expert witnesses through often complex factual and legal issues.’ 

Key clients

JM Brands LLC

First Advantage Background Services Corp.


Callaway Golf Club

Personal Care Products Council

The Middleby Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing JM Brands LLC in a $5m + class action lawsuit alleging that the company engaged in false advertising.
  • Representing First Advantage in a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) by an individual who applied to be a mortgage loan processor with a bank.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

Seyfarth Shaw LLP ‘knows when to be aggressive and when to capitalize on a favorable resolution; they are true business partners and true collaborators‘. The firm has extensive experience in successfully defending companies, board committees, individual directors and officers, and financial institutions in high-stakes cases, including shareholder litigation, derivative claims, breach of fiduciary duty matters, and regulatory investigations. William Prickett in Boston and, in New York, Gregory Markel and Vincent Sama are practice group co-chairs. Markel, who has ‘deep knowledge and expertise in governance and securities litigation‘, is currently representing individual directors and officers affiliated with a bankrupt e-commerce company in two related 10b-5 and state law securities actions alleging misrepresentations and omissions concerning the prospects for the company.

Practice head(s):

William Prickett; Gregory Markel; Vincent Sama


‘The Seyfarth team knows when to be aggressive and when to capitalize on a favorable resolution; they are true business partners and willing to discuss alternative billing arrangements; they are true collaborators.’

‘Greg Markel has deep knowledge and expertise in governance and securities litigation. I always talk to him if there is anything I need in those areas as he can be trusted to give his unvarnished opinion and has worked on many cases in the area and is up on the legal precedents.’

Key clients

D&O’s of high tech start-up

AAC Holdings, Inc.

Assurance, Inc. (“Assurance”), which was purchased by Prudential, Inc. in 2019

Former controller of Hertz

Prudential Financial, Inc. and Eric Schwimmer

Special Committee of Board of Large United States Bank

Spherion Corporation

Wanu Water, Inc.

Expert witness on securities law and litigation

Work highlights

  • Advising a Special Committee of the Board of a large financial institution, on the investigation of numerous issues involving alleged misconduct by employees of the institution in the United States and abroad, including the United Kingdom and Canada and defending a related derivative lawsuit in Massachusetts State Court.
  • Representing Assurance, Inc., which was purchased by Prudential, Inc. in 2019, in a civil RICO class action in the Southern District of Florida.
  • Representing Spherion Corporation (Randstad US Corporation) in a bench trial tried remotely in November 2020 over five days by agreement of the parties.

Industry focus > Cannabis Tier 4

Stanley Jutkowitz in Washington DC leads the Seyfarth Shaw LLP practice and advises clients on corporate transactions, tax counseling, real estate lending, and risk assessments in the cannabis space. His team handles a range of matters in the sector, notably M&A, equity and debt financing, leasing, financing, employment and immigration matters, as well as issues related to the use of derivatives in cannabis electronically traded funds.

Practice head(s):

Stanley Jutkowitz

Key clients

Innovation Shares

AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF

Amplify Investments LLC

ETF Managers Group

Allegiance Trucks


Work highlights

  • Advising Innovation Shares on an opinion letter for SEC compliance regarding their new electronically traded fund (ETF) called the Cannabis Fund (THX).
  • Advising AdvisorShares on a legal opinion letter to the SEC for its latest ETF, AdvisorShares Psychedelics ETF.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 4

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has established itself as a specialist in healthcare real estate finance and distressed loan acquisition and disposition. Its capabilities range from permanent, bridge, and construction financings, through to CMBS and CLO financings, and government-sponsored enterprise lending, among others. New York’s Daniel Evans and Atlanta’s Jay Wardlaw co-chair the practice with Robin Freeman  in San Francisco heading the health care finance side, and Arren Goldman in Charlotte focusing on distressed assets.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Evans; Jay Wardlaw

Other key lawyers:

Robin Freeman; Arren Goldman


‘Seyfarth’s real estate practice is cost efficient and constructive in helping to get transactions closed. Their practical appropriate to solving complex issues serves their clients well in ultimately bringing deals to a close.’

‘Seyfarth Shaw takes a very pragmatic and measured approach that facilitates excellent results and limits contentiousness in difficult negotiations.’

‘Jay Wardlaw and Dan Evans provide exceptional service. They are each incredibly responsive and eager to assist. I rely on their guidance without hesitation and find that our counterparties are always eager to work with them again.’

Key clients

LBA Realty

New York Life Insurance Company

John Hancock Life Insurance Company

Oliver St. Capital LLC

US Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented LBA Realty in a $1.6bn  recapitalization and financing of two industrial portfolios of 50+ total assets in eight states.
  • Represented New York Life Insurance Company in an aggregate $171m loan for a 33-property portfolio mix of office, industrial, and retail properties located in California and Nevada.
  • Advised John Hancock Life Insurance Company in a $145m acquisition and financing of a 722-unit Class A apartment project in Denver, Colorado.

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

Seyfarth Shaw LLP continues to be distinguished by its dedication to primarily serving institutional investors; the most notable governmental pension plans, corporate and multi-employer plans, university endowments and family offices regard the firm as a leading advisor on all their most complex mandates. The firm’s cross-disciplinary offering includes more than 50 attorneys, specialized in a range of areas, including corporate, securities, litigation, tax, derivatives, real estate, and bankruptcy. The practice is headed up by the ‘unflappableRobert Bodansky, who is based in Washington DC. Atlanta-based Steven Richman, who is regularly called upon to provide training to clients on important issues impacting their investments and respective fiduciary duties, is another recommended attorney.

Practice head(s):

Robert Bodansky

Other key lawyers:

Steven Richman; Trevor Tullius


‘The practice has a good focus on large institutional investors.’

‘Steven Richman is a standout team member.’

‘Seyfarth Shaw is one of the only large law firms whose investment management practice focuses primarily on institutional investors rather than managers.’

‘The unflappable Robert Bodansky is a pragmatic advisor on the most challenging and complex issues facing private markets investors. Trevor Tullius is a clear communicator, particularly when counseling business decision markets. Steven Richman’s strong tax background gives him an advantage when reviewing certain transactions for investors.’

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Seyfarth Shaw LLP enjoys an especially strong reputation in the real estate capital markets space, working with a mix of REITs and other institutional investors on a range of acquisitions, dispositions, and financings. The team is also noted for its capabilities as an advisor to tax-exempt organizations and life sciences entities. Chicago-based tax practice co-head and corporate department chair Steven Meier is highly experienced in various alternative investment ventures, including Qualified Opportunity Funds and like-kind exchange programs. New York-based practice co-head John Napoli routinely advises on real estate fund formations, including REITs and UPREITs, while on the West Coast, Los Angeles-based Douglas Mancino focuses on healthcare activities. Ofer Lion is recommended for his non-profit expertise.

Practice head(s):

Steven Meier; John Napoli

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Mancino; Ofer Lion


‘Steve Meier is the main Partner that we work with at Seyfarth on various real estate securities transactions. His entire team is great.’

‘Steve has a deep understand in complex real estate tax matters which is willing and able to communicate in a comprehensible and actionable manner. He comes up with solutions and provides sound advice. While busy, he is responsive and a great overall communicator.’

‘John Napoli continues to lead this practice’s strength – real estate and REIT related matters. John has the ability to blend his knowledge of corporate and tax law with a practical perspective that is unique in the industry. Seyfarth also is at the forefront of diversity efforts, technology, and billing efforts.’

‘John Napoli continues to stand out within this practice. John continues his hands on role on each matter he is involved with and responds rapidly to client needs. John has the ability to quickly bring the full breadth of Seyfarth’s team to any mater.’

‘The team is extremely thoughtful. In my mind they are technically correct in their analysis and work well with my firm to provide us the best execution. Their billing is more than fair.’

Key clients

Mack Cali

AnGes Inc.

Workspace Property Trust

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is a full-service international law firm, serving Fortune 1000, Global 500 and other companies worldwide through more than 900 attorneys and dedicated professional staff (including certified project managers, legal technologists, practice managers and other paraprofessionals). Seyfarth has been widely recognized for its leadership in designing innovative, client-focused solutions for the delivery of high quality legal services.

■ Earned “Law Firm of the Year” in Litigation – ERISA in the US News – Best Lawyers® 2022 edition of ‘Best Law Firms’. As well as, 15 Tier 1 national rankings in the areas of commercial litigation, construction law, employee benefits (ERISA) law, employment law – management, franchise law, health care law, immigration law, labor law – management, litigation – antitrust, litigation – construction, litigation – ERISA, litigation – intellectual property, litigation – labor and employment, patent law and real estate law.

■ Recognized by The Financial Times among the world’s most innovative law firms for the eleventh consecutive year in its annual FT Innovative Lawyers series.

■ Named a 2022 “Trailblazer” for Legal Technology by the National Law Journal. The firm was recognized for its new advanced immigration management platform, Caribou.

■ BTI Consulting named Seyfarth ‘Most Recommended Law Firms’ in 2021. Seyfarth Shaw was named one of 21 law firms recommended by general counsel. These recommendations directly reflect the longstanding dedication to exceptional client service and innovative solutions, which continue to set the firm apart.

■ Earned a perfect score of 100 in the annual Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index and was named a ‘Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality’ for the 14th consecutive year.

■ Achieved Gold Standard Certification from the Women In Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for 2021. Seyfarth was among only 29 US law firms to earn this distinction in 2021.

■ Largest US labor and employment practice in a full-service firm, with over 400 attorneys exclusively engaged in labor and employment law in the United States.

■ Recognized by Law360 as ‘Practice Group of the Year’ in employment law for ten years.

■ Specialist international employment law practice with experience covering more than 160 countries, including matters on which we have advised on up to 150 countries at one time, acting for some of the world’s largest multinational companies.

■ One of the largest real estate practices in the United States with more than 150 attorneys.

■ One of the largest employee benefits and executive compensation practices in the US, serving clients across 30+ industries.

■ 165+ business litigators across a global platform, offering a full-service litigation practice.

■ Proactive litigation strategies in the rapidly changing legal services landscape.

■ Handled more than 200 corporate M&A transactions across a diverse range of industries over the past two years.

Main Areas of Practice:

■ ADA Title III & Public Access
■ Antitrust & Competition
■ Appellate
■ Bankruptcy & Restructuring
■ Capital Markets
■ Class & Collective Actions
■ Commercial Contracts & Outsourcing Transactions
■ Commercial Finance
■ Commercial Litigation
■ Construction
■ Construction & Development Projects
■ Construction Claims & Disputes
■ Consumer Financial Services Litigation
■ Corporate Counseling & Governance
■ eDiscovery & Information Governance
■ Employee Benefits
■ Employment
■ Employment Litigation
■ ESG, Corporate Citizenship & Human Rights
■ Executive & Equity Compensation
■ Financial Products & Technology
■ Financial Services
■ Franchise & Distribution
■ Government Contracts
■ Government Contracts Litigation
■ Government Relations & Policy
■ Health Care, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
■ Hospitality & Leisure
■ Immigration
■ Infrastructure & Project Finance
■ International Dispute Resolution
■ Institutional Investors
■ Intellectual Property Counseling & Prosecution
■ Intellectual Property Litigation
■ International Employment Law
■ Labor Management Relations
■ Manufacturing
■ Mergers & Acquisitions
■ Post-Pandemic Recovery & Renewal
■ Privacy & Cybersecurity
■ Product Liability & Complex Tort
■ Real Estate
■ Real Estate Finance
■ Real Estate Litigation
■ REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets
■ Remote Workforce
■ Retail, Wholesale & Distribution
■ Securities & Fiduciary Duty Litigation
■ Tax
■ Tax Controversies & Litigation
■ Technology, Mobility & Connectivity
■ Trade Secrets & Non-Competes
■ Transportation & Logistics
■ Trials
■ Trusts & Estates
■ Trusts & Estates Litigation
■ White Collar Defense & Investigations
■ Workplace Arbitration & ADR
■ Workplace Safety & Environmental

International experience: Seyfarth Shaw’s international service model is custom-built to deliver an integrated, cross-border legal and commercial solution. Seyfarth’s model relies exclusively upon cohesive partner-led teams of highly experienced international attorneys who focus solely on helping multinational clients deal with their international business issues, regardless of location. Central to the firm’s international department is Seyfarth’s award-winning, specialist international employment practice, which is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading practices in the area. Our team also offers multidisciplinary corporate, commercial, and real estate advice to multinational clients with needs across the globe.

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Partners : 426
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