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Seyfarth Shaw LLP
United States

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

The dedicated trade secrets group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP has a 'unique ability to appreciate the legal and business risks of complex litigation'. The firm’s broad experience covers a range of industries, with particular expertise in medical devices, computers and networking issues. The practice also provides thought leadership, with an award-winning blog and webinar series, innovative eLearning and document automation services, and a 50 state survey on trade secret and non-compete issues. The co-chairs of the national trade secrets, computer fraud and non-compete practice group are Michael Wexler, who works from Chicago and is an experienced trade secrets trial lawyer; Los Angeles-based Robert Milligan, who is active in litigation and transactional work; and Katherine Perrelli in Boston, whose experience includes issues relating to the theft of trade secrets, breach of restrictive covenant agreements, employee raiding, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition matters. Associate Joshua Salinas in Los Angeles is also a key name for trade secrets work, employee mobility issues and the related agreements.

Practice head(s):

Michael Wexler; Robert Milligan; Katherine Perrelli

Other key lawyers:

Erik Weibust; Dawn Mertineit; Joshua Salinas


‘The group has been my company’s outside counsel for a number of years and has proven to be extremely responsive, strategic, and effective in every matter.’

‘What makes it unique is the practice’s creative approach to issues – thinking outside the box and finding original ways to deal with various situations. The practice offers a number of resources outside their legal expertise. Some examples are IT services and private investigators. Other firms that I have worked with do not have such services/contacts readily available. Having these resources expedites matters and makes them more efficient and successful.’

‘Erik Weibust is one of the sharpest, most knowledgeable, creative, and effective lawyers I know. He is well-versed in different areas of law and has been my go-to attorney for a variety of issues over the years. He is very responsive, always available, and is a pleasure to work with in terms of his personality. His litigations skills are unparalleled, and his creative approach to issues is what makes him stand out from other attorneys.’

‘Seyfarth’s attention to detail, experience in relevant areas, and responsiveness exceeds any experience I have had.’

‘The level of collaboration is far beyond what I have seen at other firms. They are engaging, listen, and customize an approach right for each unique situation.’

Key clients



Panda Restaurant Group

JWE Inc.

US Foods

Pitney Bowes

Illinois Tool Works (ITW)


Specialty Coatings Services Provider

Montrose Environmental Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Stryker Corporation, one of the largest surgical and medical device companies in the world, on trade secret and non-compete matters to protect its intellectual capital and work force throughout the US 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 and allegedly misappropriated valuable logistics software.
  • Representing Montrose Environmental Group in several significant litigation matters involving trade secret and restrictive covenant issues throughout the nation. It has obtained injunctions for the company as well as successfully defended against injunction requests.

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP's 'excellent partner led' immigration practice remains a market leader in this area and handles a high volume of complex business immigration matters and compliance. Comprising seasoned practitioners, the practice group which has six offices, is jointly overseen by key partners Russell Swapp in Boston and James King in Atlanta. The group acts for large corporations on enforcement, corporate planning strategies, and workplace mobility issues. In DC, Leon Rodriguez is the standout partner with years of federal expertise specialising in immigration compliance and employment issues, with particular focus on I-9 worksite matters. He is supported by senior counsel Dawn Lurie who advises on immigration-related discrimination matters. Looking West, Angelo Paparelli in Los Angeles has extensive experience in litigating for employers against government investigations, and white-collar immigration work. Gabriel Mozes in Atlanta focuses on visa issues including temporary non-immigrant visa petitions for clients across the pharmaceutical, and information technology industries.

Practice head(s):

Russell Swapp; James King


‘The team works well together and are able to provide the holistic advice we need in a timely fashion, which helps lead to positive outcomes. They bring insight into how the US government handles these matters, which has proven invaluable. ’

‘Leon Rodriguez, Dawn Lurie, Jason Burritt, and Angelo Paparelli. Leon has provided help on compliance matters and litigation, Dawn has provided help on I-9s, Jason has provided general business immigration advice, and Angelo has helped with an internal agency appeal and consular matters. They present potential solutions that take our business needs into account and proactively reach out when new immigration news may impact us.’

‘Thoughtful analysis by Angelo Paparelli on complex immigration issues as well as clarity on possible actions. Excellent partner to in-house counsel.’


Key clients

Society for Human Resource Management

Work highlights

  • Leon Rodriguez serves as outside immigration policy counsel for Society for Human Resource Management providing advice on  regulatory comments, policy advocacy, and litigation.
  • Team filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of the Plaintiffs at the request of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers.
  • Represented clients in federal district court challenging several unlawful decisions of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under the Administrative Procedure Act involving denials of procedural due process and of requests for employment-based immigration benefit.

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP impresses with an experienced traditional labor practice spanning various offices across the country, with a client portfolio, which includes numerous national corporations, with particular expertise in the retail and airline industries. The team covers the full gamut of relevant matters, ranging from representing clients in arbitration proceedings and unfair labor practice proceedings to policy development work. Bradford Livingston in Chicago is a prominent specialist in the labor field, and counsel Marshall Babson in New York is a former member of the NLRB; both Babson and Chicago-based Brian Stolzenbach have more than 20 years of experience. The team is led by Glenn Smith in New York, with Molly Gabel in Seattle and Kyllan Kershaw in Atlanta acting as vice-chairs; they are part of a strong up-and-coming bench which also includes Chicago-based Karla Sanchez and Bryan O’Keefe in Washington DC. Other names to note are Boston's Arthur TelegenJoseph Damato in Washington DC, and Stuart Newman in Atlanta. Thomas Posey, formerly at Reed Smith LLP, joined the Los Angeles-office in August 2020. Josh Henderson left for Norton Rose Fulbright in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Smith


‘Very knowledgeable about the client institution – a complex university. Works extremely closely with in-house counsel – a truly collaborative relationship.’

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


Work highlights

  • Advised US Foods on the acquisition of Service Group of America, which included the purchase and sale of union facilities, and handling collective bargaining agreements.
  • Assisted 3Phase Elevator Company with acquiring unionized company Excel Elevator & Escalator Company.
  • Assisted a university in connection with its $65m purchase of an unionized hotel.

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 1

The practice of Seyfarth Shaw LLP is regularly sought out by large US corporations, particularly from the retail and airline sectors, to handle highly sensitive matters. The employment team is experienced in developing compliance processes and employment policies, dispute avoidance work and conducting investigations. It is also noted for its dedicated pay equity group, which includes practice head David Baffa, Annette Tyman and Christine Hendrickson, who are all in Chicago. Boston's Lisa Damon is a key contact for diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives, while William Perkins in New York, Lawrence Lorber in Washington DC and San Francisco's Laura Maechtlen are established employment litigators, and Chicago-based Ellen McLaughlin and Tracy Billows are well versed in FMLA and paid sick leave matters. The 'supportive' Joshua Seidman in New York made partner in early 2021. Boston's Daniel Klein and Stan Hill in Atlanta are also involved practitioners.

Practice head(s):

David Baffa


‘The team is always very helpful. They take the time to answer your questions and concerns. You never feel rushed when speaking to them. If you send an email that can’t be quickly answered they provide an ETA on when to expect a response and make sure that timeline works for you.’

‘Josh Seidman is always very helpful and supportive. He has taken the time to learn about our company and understands when new regulations/laws are passed and what challenges our company may encounter.’

‘This practice is unique as they provide customized assistance for our team as it pertains to our business type, regulations and requirements along with helping us analyze our risk. They care for us as individuals and treat us like partners.’

‘Ellen McLaughlin is a “leave and accommodation expert” – she provides us with the needed guidance and research to ensure we understand the impacts of different directions we take. She always goes above and beyond to learn the line of business we are working with and helps us understand the reasoning behind her guidance. She is patient to help us learn in new situations and she always makes us feel like her #1 priority even though we know her schedule is busy. It is a real partnership and we enjoy each and every interaction we have with her! We are truly the lucky ones.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) with its Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), paid sick time and expanded family medical leave mandates.
  • Provided return-to-workplace guidance to SL Green comprised of training, screening, events and initiatives designed to return its own employees to the workplace.
  • Advised Cornershop, which was expanding into the American market, on gig economy regulations.

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP's middle-market focused M&A practice regularly advises financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds and private equity investors. A key strength is in healthcare M&A, representing venture capital clients and also handling sales and affiliations across a range of providers. In addition, the group handles strategic investments in franchise systems and large multi-unit developers, particularly for private equity clients and franchisors. The team stands out for its cross-border coverage, with a presence in the UK, Western Europe and Asia, and for its commercial and post-M&A disputes practice. It employs a M&A Budget App in order to predict more accurately transactional costs. Chicago-based Suzanne Saxman, who recently led transactions in the chemicals and technology sectors,  jointly heads the team with Andrew Lucano in New York, who has extensive experience in securities transactions. 

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Saxman; Andrew Lucano

Other key lawyers:

Paul Kruger; Andrew Sherman; Greg Markel; Paul Pryzant


‘The team has a very commercial approach to transactions – always thinking of the big picture – and very engaged partners to guide the process. Partners use creative approaches to get to a win/win scenario.’

‘Suzanne Saxman listens to what the client wants but is truly focused on understanding the client’s business needs. She approaches issues with a business perspective while bringing legal expertise to solve problems.’


Key clients

Camper Clinic, Inc.

IG Design Group Americas, Inc.

Radiate Holdco, LLC

Reynolds and Reynolds Company

Victor Technology, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented IG Design Group Plc in its acquisition of CSS Industries, Inc. by way of a Tender Offer and back end merger.
  • Represented Radiate in its acquisition of EnTouch Systems, Inc.
  • Represented The Reynolds and Reynolds Company in its acquisition of GoMoto, Inc.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 1

Recognized by clients for its 'exceptional judgment', Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields a sizeable team with a strong presence across the US, acting for a variety of stakeholders in large and complex projects. A key contact in New York is practice co-chair Alison Ashford, who has has expertise in structuring and negotiating development projects ranging from airports and rail stations to high-rise residential housing. Joint practice head Michael McKeeman in San Francisco focuses on dispute resolution for owners, prime contractors, and subcontractors, in relation to both private and public construction projects. Also on the contentious side, Washington DC-based David Blake is rated by clients as 'an excellent communicator, thoughtful and an avid problem solver'. Another name to note in DC is Bennett Greenberg, who has vast experience negotiating and drafting contracts for some of the most complex projects in the US market.

Practice head(s):

Alison Ashford; Michael McKeeman

Other key lawyers:


‘The attorneys have deep intellect, understand the process and complexity of design & construction, and have exceptional judgment.’

‘David Blake brings leadership, honor, judgment, and skilled communications to all of his tasks.’

‘Charles Wall of the Seyfarth Shaw LLP has been a critical and an appreciated legal advisor. Mr. Wall brings to the table an in-depth understanding of P3s and government.’

‘Expertise in transportation P3.’

‘Expertise in specific p3 legislation. Experience with comparable projects. Knowledge of VA local/state government.’

‘They are very responsive and willing to go the extra mile. Strengths include a deep and broad bench throughout the firm’s offices.’

‘David Blake is terrific. He is very knowledgeable, readily available, experienced and detail-oriented. I have found him to be a great partner and problem solver.’

‘Each of the attorney’s we have worked with are responsive, detail oriented, diligent with identifying risks, meanwhile providing fair and reasonable stances during negotiations with third parties. Particularly with the advent of Covid-19, they have been creative with custom tailored solutions to address the current challenges facing the real estate market as well.’

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 2

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has a large dedicated e-discovery and information governance practice that combines the expertise of data scientists with that of experienced attorneys. In 2020, the practice group launched its Seyfarth Scout technology platform, which performs remote digital forensics, investigations, and e-discovery preservation. Leveraging a strong technical background, practice head Scott Carlson handles litigation and general advisory matters for a broad range of clients. Jay Carle, who jointly heads the practice, is recommended for data retention and management, privacy matters, data security, internal investigations and regulatory responses. Jason Priebe is experienced in GDPR and international data privacy compliance. All named attorneys are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Scott Carlson; Jay Carle

Other key lawyers:


‘Adept at explaining the intricacies of artificial intelligence, organizing discovery in a targeted way and providing access to capable vendors to partner with on projects’.

‘Their technical experts work seamlessly with in-house IT specialists to provide soup to nuts support’.

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s benefits practice has a strong presence in major commercial centers across the country. Contacts in Chicago include Diane Dygert, who heads up the practice group, and Benjamin Conley, a name to note for HIPAA compliance, defined benefit/contribution plan compliance, and health and welfare plans. In New York, Richard Schwartz is noted for his expertise in defined contribution matters, and advises healthcare sector entities on dealings with the DOL and IRS, plan governance, fiduciary issues, and deferred and executive compensation matters. Also in New York, associate Chelsea McCue has experience in 401(k) plan designs, ESOPs, Affordable Care Act compliance, and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. A contact on the West Coast is Seattle-based Liz Deckman, who advises on all aspects of tax-qualified plans. In December 2020 Jake Downing moved to the Chicago office of King & Spalding LLP.

Practice head(s):

Diane Dygert

Key clients

Cantel Medical

David Yurman Enterprise LLC


Open Society Institute

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated

Work highlights

  • Assisted a food producer and manufacturer with restating its two 401(k) plans.
  • Advising a US non-profit healthcare system on the design and implementation of its 457(b), 401(k) and 403(b) plans, and is currently assisting the client with a de-risking exercise.
  • Assisted a private university with a DOL audit of one of its retirement plans, and advised the client on implementing design changes related to its retiree medical program.

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 2

With substantial teams in San Francisco and Chicago (led by Kathleen Cahill Slaught and Ian Morrison respectively), Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s ERISA litigation practice is retained by a diverse client portfolio to handle the full range of disputes and pre-litigation risk management issues. Chicago-based Mark Casciari regularly represents Taft Hartley employers in withdrawal liability litigation, while San Francisco-based Ward Kallstrom represents ERISA medical plans in defense actions and claw-back prosecutions. In the 401(k) space, the team successfully represented a range of financial services, retail and energy sector employers in ERISA class action suits alleging fiduciary breaches and prohibited transactions involving proprietary investment options.

Practice head(s):

Kathleen Cahill Slaught; Ian Morrison

Other key lawyers:

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is noted for 'bringing remarkable expertise and a calming presence to the most stressful and emotionally fraught situations'. The sizeable disputes team covers a wide range of work, from independent contractor status issues, wage and hour class and collective actions, and biometric privacy matters to workplace discrimination and harassment litigation; it also has a dedicated trial group. Laura Maechtlen in San Francisco is the practice head. and Chicago-based Camille Olson and Gerald Maatman are highly reputed practitioners in the space. Noah Finkel, also in Chicago, is involved in numerous actual or putative collective and class actions, and Barry Miller is a key contact in Boston. New York's Gina Merrill is 'smart, thoughtful and unflappable in the face of harsh challenges' and Sacramento-based Coby Turner is a 'CA specialist'. Andrew Paley in Los Angeles, Christopher DeGroff in Chicago and Atlanta's Nancy Rafuse are also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Laura Maechtlen

Other key lawyers:


‘They are all extremely knowledgeable and very responsive. They are able to handle issues quickly and effectively.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the human resources/employment law space. Many offices in diverse locations so there is a strong knowledge base about state rules and regulations as well as national.’

‘Gerald Maatman is one of best lawyers I have ever known. Smart, thorough, thoughtful. A great communicator who always keeps everyone in the loop. Very strategic and can analyze a case and give you a good dispassionate understanding of the pros and cons of a position. He is an attorney you want at your side in any labor dispute.’

‘Decent bench strength. Very collegial team.’

‘Noah Finkel provides excellent big-picture strategic guidance. He works hard to understand your business and provide elegant, yet practical solutions.’

‘Seyfarth is a top international employment law firm that takes the time to understand your organization, goals, and needs. We are always impressed with their strategic thinking and practical advice.’

‘Lisa Damon- might be the most responsive attorney I know and always has a good practical solution.’

‘Coby Turner is a CA specialist who has done a tremendous job helping our company to navigate the often rocky waters of CA COVID law and regulations.’

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

  • Defeated the certification in a significant nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act collective/class action brought against General Motors in federal district court.
  • Defeated the conditional certification of a nationwide collective action in a lawsuit brought by former store managers of an Illinois-based grocery store chain from four different states who claimed that they were misclassified as exempt and thus were owed backpay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Secured a defense verdict following a 13-day jury trial on behalf of a multinational package delivery and supply chain company on all claims brought by a former dispatcher who supervised drivers at one of the facilities.

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

At Seyfarth Shaw LLP, the tax-exempt organisations practice is predominantly based in Los Angeles, and in addition to tax, handles a range of issues including, governance, and regulatory compliance for clients operating in the higher education and healthcare sectors. Overseen by Ofer Lion who practises exclusively in tax-exempt and non-profits, the group has vast skill in transactional tax work, joint-ventures, and fiduciary matters. Co-chair Douglas Mancino who is rated by peers, handles healthcare-related work and has extensive expertise in audits, and tax controversies, including tax litigation. In New York, key contact Richard Schwartz assists tax-exempt organisations such as large hospitals and medical systems on employee benefits and compensation plans. The team is able to leverage its wider firm capabilities including real estate, IP, and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ofer Lion; Douglas Mancino

Other key lawyers:

Alan Yoshitake; Richard Schwartz


‘Seyfarth’s work has always been top notch and well done.’

‘The attorneys I work with are very knowledgeable and always up to date on what the rules are and planning ideas.’


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

  • Represented a private university in California in a $100+ million strategic partnership between an online division of a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts and a private university with over 25 campuses throughout California and Washington and a virtual campus online.
  • Serving as one of the key outside tax-exempt counsel to a public university in California on a variety of matters, including UBIT structuring of real estate investments.
  • Advised Ultimate Medical Academy with respect to ongoing administration of 401(k) retirement plan, and particular involvement with three  year compliance audit of the plan.

Government > Government contracts Tier 3

Providing coast-to-coast coverage, Seyfarth Shaw LLP has an impressive track record in government contracts litigation, showcasing particular strength in claims and bid protests. In addition to the firm's litigation expertise, a substantial portion of the team's work involves advising government contractors on M&A, compliance and internal investigations and export control issues. Joseph Dyer is noted by clients for his 'extremely long tenure and expertise in the government contracting field'; he leads the team from the Washington DC officeAnother contact in DC is Edward Arnold, who focuses on government contracts and construction matters. The firm also has a significant presence on the West Coast: San Francisco-based Donald Featherstun has long-standing experience in bid protests, claims and cost accounting matters; and Adam Lasky, who joined the Seattle office from Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker, LLP in August 2020, focuses on bid protests and teaming transactions. Featherstun and Lasky now jointly lead the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Donald Featherstun; Adam Lasky

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Dyer; Edward Arnold; Anthony LaPlaca


‘Seyfarth is able to provide quick and effective solutions without assigning a standing army. Seyfarth’s team is a relatively small group that has a wide range of legal and industry knowledge and experience. ’

‘When I hire outside counsel, I hire the people I trust. Don Featherstun is best in class and is known throughout the industry for his knowledge and practical approaches. Joe Dyer has a wealth of knowledge and steady hand, and he brings calm and effective strategies to the most stressful situations. Teddie Arnold is a rising star in the industry, and Seyfarth had great insight to encourage his efforts to get an LLM in government contracts so that he will be a leader of the next generation of government contracts attorneys. ’

‘Very responsive and timely. Provides expert counsel to meet the needs and concerns of the client.’

‘Adam Lasky has represented my small business in 5 US government contract matters. He is easy to work with, listens to the concerns of the client, communicates clearly, educates the client about legal issues and options, and is extremely responsive to the client’s needs.’

‘The team I work with is very responsive and thorough. If my needs go beyond Adam’s specific area of expertise, he quickly connects me to someone who can immediately add value and assistance.’

‘Adam Lasky is a true expert in his field. He is able to understand business objectives while ensuring we stay legally compliant. Adam is very responsive and is well connected. Adam always treats us professionally and with respect (on time for meetings, delivers when he says he is going to, never talks down to us).’

‘Our experience with SeyFarth Shaw has been refreshing and positive. SeyFarth Shaw Team has proven to be customer driven and been able to provide quality legal services with reasonable fees.’

‘The Seyfarth Shaw team members were very responsive and accommodating when we had timely matters that needed to be addressed. Even with short notice, they were able to provide sound useful advice and follow up actions that were beneficial to our organization. We look forward to working with Seyfarth Shaw in the future and would highly recommend their services to others in the Federal Market.’

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

Fielding experts in security and encryption, the team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP is segmented into five particular areas: privacy compliance, incident management, privacy litigation and vendor and technology transactions. Jointly led by the Chicago-based Scott Carlson and John Tomaszewski in Houston, the team advises on breach analysis, the development of compliance systems and legal matters connected to automotive telematics, the Internet-of-things and relevant insurance issues. Information governance specialist Richard Lutkus in San Francisco and 'exceptional resource' Jason Priebe in Chicago are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Scott Carlson; John Tomaszewski

Other key lawyers:


‘As deep technically as they are in the law, this group has a practical understanding of how to protect client’s “crown jewel” data where it resides and in transit. They have particular strengths with regard to the regulatory, compliance, and technological issues faced by media tech and telecom entities. While they are highly successful in litigation, they are even more successful in preventing litigation losses from inuring to their clients. This group compares favorably to other top  law firms.’

‘Richard Lutkus is as good of an ethical hacker and digital forensic expert as any external expert that I know. These skills combine uniquely with his litigation, compliance and regulatory schema knowledge and experience to make him exceptionally potent in mitigating against the damages, costs and follow on litigation associated with breaches and other cybersecurity incidents.’

Jason Priebe provides an encyclopaedic knowledge and understanding of data privacy and information governance issues as well as a long storied history of successfully litigating such issues for Fortune 100 clients as well as middle market ones. His blend of practical experience and extensive theoretical knowledge makes him an exceptional resource.’

Scott Carlson is the preeminent lawyer in information governance, data security and eDiscovery. That’s why he serves as eDiscovery and information governance counsel for many Fortune 500 firms. His insight and consultative approach has saved and won clients billions of dollars as well as protecting their brand and enterprise value. He is a true thought leader in the information governance and cybersecurity space. A former Navy officer, Mr. Carlson’s leadership skills are formidable. He has very effectively shaped Seyfarth’s eDiscovery and Information Governance practice into an extremely valuable tool for his clients and internal peers.’

Real estate Tier 3

An ‘incredibly knowledgable, responsive’ and ‘business-oriented’ team, Seyfarth Shaw LLP has notable strengths in all facets of real estate, from acquisitions through to projects and disputes. Among its unique selling points are its dedicated data center services, real estate healthcare and distressed situations sub-practices, as well as its significant presence in the field of public-private partnerships where it represents players on both sides of the equation, acting for state and local government agencies in addition to contractors, project sponsors and facility operators. Atlanta-based practice head Paul Mattingly is a veteran of numerous prominent leasing, development and financing matters; he oversees an expansive team with lawyers in Boston, Los Angeles, Washington DC and the recently opened Seattle office, among other locations. In New York, Cynthia Mitchell is a prominent name for transactions involving nursing homes, assisted living facilities and long-term acute care hospitals.

Practice head(s):

Paul Mattingly

Other key lawyers:

Cynthia Mitchell; Richard Mendelson; Joel Rubin; Gregg Bernhard; Miles Borden


‘Depth of experience has been valuable in handling problems that are unique to our concerns. Also, the ability to readily and easily tap into other disciplines in the firm has been invaluable.’

‘Ability to source legal counsel assistance in most every country we did business.’

‘Very good knowledge and problem solving abilities.’

‘This year I worked with two new junior attorneys.  I was impressed with their ability and customer service. They respond quickly and with accurate information. Strong attention to details.’

Seyfarth’s attorneys have excellent people and business skills and offer a unique ability to identify legal issues and problem solving around them. Many attorneys can get mired in obscure legal nuances that are extremely unlikely to ever cause a problem and extend negotiations and ring up fees to address them – often times killing a deal. Our attorneys at Seyfarth are practical and business-minded. The firm also has expertise in complementary competencies which we have needed to use for capital raises, litigation, bankruptcy, etc.’

Key clients

Battery Global Advisors

L3 Capital

LBA Realty

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA)

RREEF America REIT II, Inc.

Sound West Group

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA)

UC Regents

Work highlights

  • Represented LBA in a $290m acquisition of an office complex in Cupertino, California. This was ranked among the top 15 largest single-property office building transactions of Q3 2019 as ranked by Real Estate Alert.
  • Represented L3 Capital in the $148m acquisition of a 17 building retail portfolio in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Represented RREEF America REIT II, Inc. in the disposition of a mixed-use high-rise property in downtown Chicago which sold for $154.25m.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

Seyfarth Shaw LLP's securities and fiduciary duty litigation practice has extensive expertise in securities class actions on behalf of individuals, companies, board committees and financial institutions. Chair of the practice William Prickett works from Boston, and New York litigation co-chairs Gregory Markel and Vincent Sama are among the lead practitioners for securities matters. The team also includes former state and federal prosecutors, and other partners with deep experience dealing with government agencies. Sama recently defended a special committee of the board of SFX Entertainment in a 10b5 claim arising from a proposed going-private transaction. New York-based Steven Paradise moved to Eisner LLP in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

William Prickett; Gregory Markel; Vincent Sama

Key clients

Individual Directors and Officers of a high tech company

Former controller of Hertz

A Large Canadian Bank

Special Committee of the Board of Large United States Bank

Prudential Financial, Inc. and Eric Schwimmer

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of SFX Entertainment, Inc.

Simon Ogus, the cofounder of a high tech company

Spherion Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented individual directors and officers in two similar but separate securities actions filed alleging violations of Rule 10b5 and state law.
  • Acting for former controller of Hertz in a securities class action involving restatements of financial statements and weaknesses in internal controls.
  • Represented a very large Canadian Bank in an adversary proceeding in Delaware Bankruptcy Court in which the Bank was accused of breach of fiduciary duty.

Industry focus > Cannabis Tier 4

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is recognized in this space for its strengths in areas including labor and employment, IP, risk management, M&A and tax. The firm’s national footprint is another factor in its favor, as is its thought leadership on the legal aspects of social equity programs relating to cannabis licensing and use. Senior counsel Stanley Jutkowitz leads the team from Washington DC and is experienced in corporate transactions, business counseling and risk assessments in the cannabis space.

Practice head(s):

Stanley Jutkowitz

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Mora; Eric Janson; Rich Mendelson; Brandon Bigelow; Tedd Lustig


‘Seyfarth Shaw LLP is a diverse firm offering it’s clients many specialized strengths in their law practice.’

‘As a client I have hired the firm for three different area of need. In each situation I was completely satisfied with their professional representation.’

‘In my introduction to the cannabis industry, I found the firm to be outstanding in their knowledge of compliance and how we need to proceed to licensing.’

‘Brandon Bigelow and his team, including Tedd Lustig were outstanding in their service, always caring and offering sound direction. We couldn’t have done it without them!’

Key clients

Austin Peoples Action Center (APAC)


AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF

Outer Cape Cannabis Connection, LLC

Work highlights

  • Assisted APAC with the establishment of a Social Equity Applicant entity and a joint application to the State of Illinois for up to five cannabis dispensary licenses, in which APAC would be the Social Equity Applicant partner.
  • Provided advice and counseling to Pride Staff on cannabis related employment issues; prepared a 50 state survey on state law employment protections for applicants/employees using cannabis for medical/recreational reasons; assisted with revisions to drug testing policy.
  • Prepared a legal opinion on the legality of cannabis ETFs for AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF using total return swaps in connection with the public offering of the ETF.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 4

The team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP has an ‘exemplary depth of knowledge in real estate finance matters’; its core fields of expertise are permanent, bridge, capital market, portfolio, mezzanine and construction financing, preferred equity sales and loan dispositions and purchases. The team is chaired by New York-based Daniel Evans, primarily focused on the structuring and closing of mezzanine and mortgage loans, as well as Jay Wardlaw, who operates from Atlanta and has a track record in hotel financings. San Francisco-based Robin Freeman frequently acts for healthcare lenders in respect of financings at nursing and assisted living facilities; and Arren Goldman in Charlotte serves as co-chair of the distressed situations department, which lends support on workout and restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Evans; Jay Wardlaw

Other key lawyers:

Robin Freeman; Arren Goldman; Andrew Pearlstein; Amadeo Cantu; Tamaron Houston; Elizabeth Dahill


‘The Seyfarth team is uniquely equipped to figure out complex real estate finance transactions having served clients through numerous real estate cycles. Seyfarth brings to bear knowledge that is hard to come by if individuals have not lived and worked thru the peaks and troughs of real estate.’

‘Andrew Pearlstein is very knowledgeable and a solution-oriented attorney. He has the ability to take complex issues and distill them down to a discrete list of what is most important. This comes from having worked extensively over the years on new, underperforming, and non-performing real estate investments.  He’s constantly seeking to improve his knowledge base on legal matters and incorporate them into the latest financial documents.’

‘Partners are very business-minded and client-focused. They work efficiently with counterparties in an amicable manner to keep the deal moving forward.’

‘Depth of knowledge on finance has been exemplary.’

‘Have been very helpful with compliance with lenders.’

‘Amadeo Cantu is our point person and keeps us up to date on compliance issues with our banks and has been invaluable in increasing our own knowledge and understanding of our relationship and responsibility to our lenders.’

‘Seyfarth has a super strong team top to bottom, and they are great at leveraging technology to improve efficiency without losing the personal touch. They also go the extra mile with ancillary client services like trainings, sharing industry knowledge, providing ad hoc unbilled legal advice, etc.  They are our go-to firm.’

‘Innovation is an area where Seyfarth excels as compared to other firms.  Seyfarth has developed technology and processes that ensure that due diligence and similar work is done in an efficient and cost effective manner by matching the work with associates and paralegals at the appropriate level who have immediate availability. This helps deals move quickly without driving up costs. They have also developed applications that help deals flow smoothly and keep clients informed.’

Key clients

New York Life Insurance Company (NYL)

Ocotillo LA Pico, an affiliate of Goldstein Planting, Inc. (GPI)

Truist Bank (formally known as SunTrust Bank)

Work highlights

  • Represented New York Life Insurance Company, as lender, in a $98.2m loan secured by three industrial properties in California (Norco, Carson, and Los Alamitos).
  • Represented Truist Bank in a construction loan for a 250-unit apartment complex.
  • Represented Ocotillo LA Pico, an affiliate of Goldstein Planting, Inc. (GPI), in a $115m loan for the construction and re-development of the Macy’s Parcel at the Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles, California.

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is one of few practices with a core focus on institutional investors, acting for government pension plans, corporate and multi-employer plans, university endowments and family offices. Practice head Robert Bodansky acts for several large US public pension funds and the team serves as counsel to ERISA plans and not-for-profit entities. The firm is also developing a fund formation practice, focused on middle-market funds. Work is often undertaken in conjunction with the firm's real estate practice, such as assisting pension plans in real estate investments.

Practice head(s):

Robert Bodansky


‘Seyfarth Shaw has one of the deepest and broadest teams of lawyers who primarily represent investors in private funds (as opposed to the sponsors of those funds). At the same time, as a global law firm, they have a team of experts to assist on unusual regulatory and capital markets issues that come up from time to time within or without an investment fund transaction.’

‘Bob Bodansky combines a calm, unflappable approach to negotiations with a deep knowledge of the market to achieve pragmatic results for his clients. The very bright Steven Richman draws on his strong tax background in reviewing investment transactions and is especially savvy at navigating complex and unusual secondary transactions.’

‘The team only focuses on large investors, and given its technological platforms and Seyfarth’s lean orientation, it can provide efficient results.’

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Noted in particular for its expertise in real estate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP also handles the tax aspects of corporate and commercial transactions for a number of renewable energy companies, manufacturers and tax-exempt institutions. The tax group is co-chaired by Chicago-based Steven Meier and John Napoli in New York, whose recent work has included debt financings, joint ventures, and restructurings. Meier also serves as chair of the firm’s corporate department, and is experienced in structuring real estate and alternative investment programs. On the West Coast, Los Angeles-based Ofer Lion is a key contact for tax-exempt organizations. Rotem Bar-Kokhva joined the New York office from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Steve Meier; John Napoli

Other key lawyers:


‘John Napoli’s deep expertise in the area of tax and its impact on real estate is unique for any lawyer albeit a tax lawyer. John’s approach to client service and his knowledge permeate the team. The team is very conscious of the commercial practicalities that must be balanced against the tax considerations of any transaction.’

‘John Napoli is exceptional. John’s depth of knowledge and commercial approach to sophisticated tax matters impacting real estate is unparalleled in the field of tax law. John is hyper-responsive and can field most questions live during a call. He understands not just the tax considerations of a particular transaction but also the commercial considerations which must be balanced against any tax analysis. John is never one to offer a solution that may solve for tax but could never function in an actual commercial transaction.’

Employment >

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. Recent highlights include:

  • Earned 13 Tier 1 national rankings in the S. News – Best Lawyers® 2020 edition of ‘Best Law Firms’ 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 – labor and employment, and real estate law
  • Recognized by the Financial Times among the most innovative law firms for the ninth consecutive year in its annual FT Innovative Lawyers series
  • Named as the No. 15 best-branded law firm by corporate counsel, according to the BTI Brand Elite 2019. Placing Seyfarth among the top 5% of all law firms serving large, corporate clients
  • BTI Consulting named Seyfarth ‘Most Recommended Law Firms’ in 2019. Seyfarth Shaw was named one of 27 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
  • Seyfarth 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 12th consecutive year
  • Named among the ‘Best Law Firms for Women’ by Working Mother annual report for the ninth consecutive year
  • Largest US Labor and Employment practice in a full-service firm, with over 400 attorneys
  • Recognized by Law360 as ‘Practice of the Year’ in employment for eight consecutive years
  • The world’s largest dedicated team specializing in international employment law, completing more than 100 multi-jurisdictional strategic and compliance projects covering 120+ countries in the last year
  • Acted as specialist international employment counsel on more than 25 international transactions in 2019
  • One of the five largest real estate practices in the United States with over 130 attorneys
  • One of the largest employee benefits and executive compensation practices in the US, serving clients across 30+ industries
  • 170+ business litigators across a global platform, offering a full-service litigation practice
  • Earned ‘Honor Roll’ recognition in annual BTI Litigation Outlook across multiple litigation practice areas
  • 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 and public access; corporate counseling and governance; employee benefits; employment; executive and equity compensation; government contracts; government relations and policy; immigration; intellectual property counseling and prosecution; international employment law; labor management relations; privacy and security; trade secrets and non-competes; trusts and estates; workplace safety and environmental; antitrust and competition; appellate; bankruptcy and restructuring; class and collective actions; commercial litigation; construction claims and disputes; ediscovery and information governance; employment litigation; government contracts litigation; intellectual property litigation; product liability and complex tort; real estate litigation; securities and fiduciary duty litigation; tax controversies and litigation; trials; trusts and estates litigation; white-collar defense and investigations; workplace arbitration and ADR; capital markets; commercial contracts; commercial finance; construction and development projects; financial products and technology; infrastructure and project finance; institutional investors; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; real estate finance; REITs and real estate capital markets; tax

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.

Construction Michael T. McKeeman
Construction Alison Ashford
Corporate Steven Meier
Employee Benefits Diane Dygert
Privacy & Security Scott Carlson
Privacy & Security John Tomaszewski
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Cynthia Mitchell
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Kristin McGurn
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Jesse Coleman
Immigration James W King
Immigration Russell B Swapp
Institutional Investor Robert Bodansky
Intellectual Property Litigation Brian Michaelis
Intellectual Property Litigation Edward Maluf
International Darren Perry
International Pete Talibart
Labor and Employment Laura J Maechtlen
Litigation James McGrath
Mergers and Acquisitions Suzanne L Saxman
Mergers and Acquisitions Andrew Lucano
Real Estate Paul P Mattingly
Tax Steven R Meier
Tax John P Napoli
Employment David Baffa
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Number of Partners : 436
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 478
Total Staff : 1,928