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Seyfarth Shaw LLP
United States

Labor and employment > Immigration Tier 1

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) Tier 1

The ‘versatile and knowledgeable’ team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP demonstrates capabilities in a range of contentious employment mandates including class action defense, bet-the-company litigation, wage and hour cases, and discrimination and harassment litigation. The team acts for clients in the insurance, aerospace, retail, and financial services segments. San Francisco-based Laura Maechtlen in San Francisco heads up the practice and specializes in large-scale class actions alleging systemic violations of federal and state anti-discrimination laws. Over in Chicago, key contacts include ‘exceptional partner’ and complex litigation practice co-chair Camille Olson; and Noah Finkel, who is well-versed in state wage-and-hour law mandates. Atlanta-based Annette Idalski, lauded as a staunch advocate for her client’, handles wage and hour lawsuits. Recent arrivals include Sul Kim, who arrived at the Atlanta office in June 2023 from Akerman LLP, and Clifford Sethness, who joined the Los Angeles office in November 2023 from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Gary Friedman also joined the New York office from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Laura Maechtlen

Other key lawyers:

Camille Olson; Barry Miller; Alison Silveira; Ray Baldwin; Annette Idalski


‘Camille Olson is an exceptional partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She is extremely knowledgeable, very pleasant to work with and gets me the information I need on a timely basis.’

‘Apart from being versatile and knowledgeable on a wide array of legal matters, I appreciate that the Seyfarth team takes time to learn the intricacies of our business. The team in Boston, especially Barry Miller and Alison Silveira, are excellent. They are my trusted legal advisors for any litigation or regulatory need we may have.’

‘All the partners are fantastic experts with great personality in their work. Associates are well-supported, and they work as a team.’

‘I have worked with the practice for several years now. The firm’s practice in collective actions is excellent. The team is knowledgeable about opposing counsel, counterarguments on the law, the trends in this area of litigation, and driving for successful outcomes.’

‘Very responsive team that has a wide reach nationally. I am able to contact Seyfarth and speak with experts in virtually any state.’

‘Ray Baldwin is an outstanding advocate – straightforward practical advice and an aggressive advocate when the situation calls for it. Efficiently manages cases. Takes time to get to know the client and their unique needs.’

‘Highly experienced, quick, and thoughtful. Tough negotiators with strong knowledge.’

‘Annette Idalski is a staunch advocate for her client. She is an excellent litigator in trial and arbitration. She knows how to build a strong team and executes a successful outcome for her client.’

Key clients

Allstate Insurance Company


Delta Airlines

Nike, Inc.

Prudential Insurance Company of America


UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

US Foods, Inc.

The Walgreen Company

Wells Fargo Bank

Work highlights

  • Won summary judgment on behalf of a significant US securities broker-dealer.
  • Won summary judgment in its entirety, dismissing a putative class action alleging that a major national retailer violated New York Labor Law by improperly paying thousands of ‘manual workers’ on a biweekly basis instead of on a weekly basis.
  • Secured a complete victory for a large multinational retail client following a three-week bench trial in a representative Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) action.

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 1

Glenn Smith, Molly Gabel and Karla Sanchez head up Seyfarth Shaw LLP‘s team and are split between New York, Seattle and Chicago respectively. The group as a whole utilizes a ‘strong overall labor strategy‘ and a nationwide presence to handle unfair labor practice charges and representation proceedings in front of the National Labor Relations Board regularly. More broadly, the group tackles complex labor arbitrations, negotiations relating to collective bargaining, unfair labor practice charges, representation, and union organizing campaigns. This strategy is embodied by Arthur Telegen in Boston, a notable practitioner in the team who ‘is a leader in labor strategy and execution and is remarkably smart and practical.’ Sanchez is a dedicated labor lawyer with a strong focus on traditional labor law matters, and Brian Stolzenbach, who operates out of the firm’s Chicago office, is a ‘highly trusted go-to lawyer on complex labor matters‘. Bryan O’Keefe is key for the group's traditional labor law matters.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Smith; Molly Gabel; Karla Sanchez

Other key lawyers:

Bryan O’Keefe; Arthur Telegen; Karla Sanchez; Brian Stolzenbach; Kamran Mirrafati; Robert Fisher


Seyfarth Shaw has taken on an increasing labor workload. The additional experience and familiarity with our operations, approach and culture have allowed them to tend to a challenging volume of work, ensuring responsiveness even when juggling multiple priorities.’

‘Brian Stolzenbach is a highly trusted go-to lawyer on complex labor matters. His ability to balance conservative legal analysis with a pragmatic approach to our style of risk assessment has been an invaluable asset. Kamran Mirrafati ran a team that jumped right into a difficult organizing campaign in California. He built trust quickly, including with some initial skeptics, and navigated external regulator relationships very effectively, obtaining excellent results.’

‘Arthur Telegen is a leader in labor strategy and execution. He is remarkably smart and practical. Robert Fisher is also very strong at delivering results.’

‘Very strong on overall labor strategy.’

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which is headquartered in Chicago, offers a wide range of services for large international corporations, from investigations to helping clients implement diversity and inclusion strategies, and has significant experience with regards to federal legislative and regulatory policy issues. David Baffa, located in Chicago, leads the workplace counseling and solutions team. William Perkins, who has decades of experience advising clients on complex matters, is based in New York – he is particularly experienced in the application of leave laws and matters concerning disabled employees. Lisa Damon, based in Boston, is a well-versed litigator and counselor on matters concerning company senior executives. Operating from Washington DC, Lawrence Lorber frequently works on regulatory enforcement actions. Joshua Seidman, working from New York, has notable expertise in both mandatory paid sick and safe leave laws, as well as family medical leave laws. In Atlanta, Renate Walker is adept in handling paid leave, absence management and accommodations, and employment policy development and review. In January 2024, Gary Friedman joined the firm from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.  

Practice head(s):

David Baffa

Other key lawyers:


‘Camille Olsen is the best in the business. A true strategic and business counselor. ’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

New York Life Insurance Company

Thomson Reuters




Ulta Beauty

Work highlights

  • Authored comments on the DOL’s proposed independent contractor rule on behalf of organizations with members across a wide range of industries, such as, The Coalition for Workforce Innovation (CWI), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the US Chamber of Commerce, and the News Media Alliance.
  • Worked with an employee benefits public policy organization to highlight the inconsistencies across America’s growing paid family leave and paid family medical leave patchwork, and the challenges and complexities this patchwork creates for employers and employees.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 1

Seyfarth Shaw LLP houses a team of ‘excellent advisors’, handling the full range of contentious construction matters. Michael McKeeman and Alison Ashford jointly co-chair the team from San Francisco and New York respectively, representing owners and contractors in various disputes, and stakeholders in major infrastructure projects. Founding partner Bennett Greenberg is based in Washington DC and provides long-term counsel on contractual matters and disputes for major construction corporations. Seattle-based Meghan Douris and Ashley Sherwood specialize in heavy civil infrastructure cases and represent clients in private and public construction disputes respectively. Large-scale infrastructure claims are another key area of expertise for the team. Also operating from Seattle, Ryan Dumm focuses on residential and rehabilitation construction projects, while senior associate Michael Wagner acts for owners and developers in design and risk management-related disputes from Washington DC. Jason Smith in Washington DC is a key name for complex construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Michael McKeeman; Alison Ashford


‘The firm has industry expertise which drives timely resolutions.’

‘The Seyfarth team is great with infrastructure and construction projects, in general, and, when you add to that the time and energy they have taken to learn about our business and pressure points, in particular, they make excellent advisors.’

‘Charles Wall is incredibly knowledgeable, responsive and practical, and, more importantly, he has become a trusted partner.’

‘The Seyfarth team provides a realistic approach in the negotiation of construction contracts. They comprehend balanced risk allocation but maintain strong positions in favor of their client.’

‘Mike McKeeman has a wealth of experience in the creation of contracts. This experience is valuable as we contemplate various terms and conditions along with their potential outcomes.’

Key clients

Transbay Joint Powers Authority

Terramar Retail Centers

Panther Residential Management, LLC


The Hall Group

ImmunityBio, Inc.

Vance Brown, Inc.

Archer Western – de Moya Joint Venture

PGP Development LLC


LG Chem

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Saltchuk Marine Shared Services

4915-4921 Auburn General Partnership

Martinez Steel, LLC

KWH Constructors, Inc.

Level-It Installations, Inc.

McMillen Corp.

Redpath USA Corp.

Goodfellow Bros. California, LLC

American Bridge Company

Doyon Management Services

Wilson Concrete Construction, Inc.

Northsound Utility & Construction, Inc.

JTM Construction, Inc.

Stellar J Corporation

Colf Construction LLC

Westbank Holdings Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing the TJPA on all construction-related matters pertaining to the development of a $4.5 billion transit center in San Francisco.
  • Representing Archer Western – de Moya Joint Venture in a high-value transportation project that includes design and construction of the Signature Bridge in Miami.
  • Representing the International Monetary Fund in obtaining dismissal of Does 1-7 v. the IMF and the World Bank.

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 2

Covering the full spectrum of e-discovery issues, Seyfarth Shaw LLP continues to specialize in handling contentious and non-contentious matters involving discovery and information governance. From the Chicago office, Scott Carlson and Jay Carle co-lead the department. Carlson stands out for his ability to assist clients with cybersecurity aspects, while Carle is an experienced high-stakes litigator with a technology focus. Also in Chicago, Jason Priebe brings longstanding experience in handling ESI preservation and productions, while Matthew Christoff is noted particularly for his discovery work. In San Francisco, Kathleen McConnell has a particular focus on data analytics in litigation, while Chicago-based Jaime Raba is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Scott Carlson; Jay Carle


‘Kathleen McConnell is a great and clear communicator who is responsive, proactive and efficient. Her e-discovery team respects her, which is apparent in client interaction. She’s very knowledgeable about HRIS systems and related data.’

Key clients

Karma Automotive

Work highlights

  • Represented an automotive manufacturer in discrimination and wrongful termination suit.
  • Represented a financial services client in six separate collective and class action litigations involving hourly workers in a variety of job positions in multiple states.
  • Served as national e-discovery counsel to a global life sciences and pharmaceutical company, including ongoing e-discovery advice on active litigation matters and counseling across a variety of e-discovery and information governance projects.

Government > Government contracts Tier 2

Well-versed particularly in the contentious elements of government contracts, spanning complex and high-profile bid protests, claims, FCA disputes, as well as international transactions and federal contracting labor and employment compliance counseling, Seyfarth Shaw LLP is a prime choice for federal, state, and local contractors across aerospace, defense, and tech. The team has also prominently achieved success against the US in a $367m claim before the Court of Federal Claims in Anchorage v. United States. Leadership is shared between Adam Lasky in Seattle, who specializes in bid protests involving complex overseas procurement issues, and SBA regulatory compliance and transactions, and Amy Conant-Hoang in Washington DC, who has proved her mettle in recent high-value protests on behalf of Textron Systems, QinetiQ, T-Mobile, and Valor Healthcare. Rounding out the rest of the DC team are Edward Arnold, who has distinguished himself in claims and litigation, prime/sub disputes, internal investigations, and FCA matters, and Erica Bakies, who advises on regulatory compliance and national security-related issues. Former co-chair Donald Featherstun  retired in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Adam Lasky; Amy Conant Hoang

Other key lawyers:


‘Their knowledge in the DOD sector is impressive. They are by far the most knowledgeable firm within DOD Small Business.’

‘Adam Lasky is my POC at Seyfarth Shaw. He is extremely helpful and knowledgeable in the DOD sector.’

‘The prior, in-house, government experience combined with an emphasis on staying current on issues is significant.’

‘Edward Arnold is an outstanding researcher and writer. He is able to distill complicated facts into understandable issues.’

‘Seyfarth Shaw has an extremely well-rounded team with resources throughout the firm. Their key strength to us as an organization is their ability to make connections and be problem solvers.’

‘Edward Arnold has been a key resource to our company for many years. He is a trusted advisor and resource for us in the govcon world. Over the years his expertise, communication, customer service, and attentiveness has made him one of our most trusted resources. Teddie is a long term partner for us and our company.’

‘The Seyfarth government contracts team truly lives government contracts. Every member of the team we’ve interacted with spends their free time reading up on new developments and participating in forums, sharing their wealth of knowledge. The deep bench of experience and knowledge makes it easy for them to hit the ground running on virtually any government contracts issue.’

‘Amy Conant Hoang, Edward Arnold, Adam Lasky, and Erica Bakies are all masters of their craft when it comes to government contracting. What sets them apart is their knowledge of how different businesses approach government contracting, whether they are traditional defense contractors or commercial companies who bring off-the-shelf products to the government marketplace.’

Key clients

QinetiQ US


Textron Systems


V2X (Vectrus)

J&J Maintenance Inc.

Municipality of Anchorage

NCS Pearson

ManTech International Corporation

American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group

IMEG Corp.

King George

GSD Services

KGJJ Engineering Solutions

Vectrus-J&J Facilities Support

Work highlights

  • Represented Avantus Federal LLC in a successful challenge to a $190m Customs & Border Patrol contract for border patrol blimps.
  • Successfully represented a mentor-protégé joint venture in multiple rounds of protests at the COFC, GAO and SBA, resulting in $100m Navy BOS contract awarded to a competitor being overturned and awarded to the client.
  • Represented Anchorage at the Federal Circuit opposing the US’ appeal of $367.4m breach of contract judgment issued by the COFC in favor of Anchorage.

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 2

Complex IP litigation, alleged misappropriations and breaches of contract are mainstays of the trade secrets offering at Seyfarth Shaw LLP which is well-equipped to assist its sector-spanning client portfolio, which includes significant names from the pharma, medical devices, tech and healthcare spheres in particular. Team leads are Michael Wexler who is based in Chicago, Robert Milligan who works from the Los Angeles hub and Katherine Perrelli in the Boston office. Wexler has expertise handling tech-related work including electric vehicles, medical devices and remote storage-related cases; Milligan assists multinational corporations with trade secret, non-compete and data protection work; while Perrelli has a specialism in the enforcement of restrictive covenants and NDAs. Jesse Coleman in Houston has a particular focus on related healthcare disputes, while Dawn Mertineit in Boston is an authority in litigation. Joshua Salinas is a standout associate in LA. Commercial litigation specialists Jesse Miller and Jennifer Fearnow, formerly of Reed Smith LLP, have bolstered the team in San Francisco. Notably, trade secrets specialist Gary Friedman joined the New York team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Michael Wexler; Robert Milligan; Katherine Perrelli

Other key lawyers:

Dawn Mertineit; Jesse Coleman; Daniel Hart; Joshua Salinas; James Yu; Jesse Miller; Jennifer Fearnow; Kevin Mahoney; Daniel Hart; Gary Friedman

Key clients

Stryker Corporation

Karma Automotive

Capstone Logistics, Inc.

SeneGence International, Inc.

Whittier Trust Company

Panda Restaurant Group

JWE, Inc.


Lonza Houston, Inc.

Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC

US Foods

Korn Ferry

OnPrem Solutions

Work highlights

  • Represented Karma Automotive, LLC, which was the plaintiff in an action in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas against several former Karma employees; DeLorean Motors Reimagined; and Reimagined Automotive.
  • Advising a well-known US restaurant chain on enforcement, counseling, and trade secret/non-compete transactions and litigation.
  • Protecting Stryker Corporation in trade secret and non-compete matters to protect its intellectual capital and workforce throughout the US in matters valued in the millions of dollars.

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

With offices in California, New York, Illinois, Georgia, Massachusetts, and New York, Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation team is well placed to advise on a diverse range of state and national employment legislations in industries with unique specialized employment legal requirements, such as healthcare and construction. Diane Dygert chairs the department from the Chicago office, and is well regarded for 'communicating complex issues in a clear and practical way'. In the same office, Jennifer Kraft is a strong choice for clients in the healthcare, life sciences, and pharmaceutical industries, while Benjamin Conley has strong experience in counseling clients regarding the Affordable Care Act. Also in Chicago, Jon Karelitz assists clients in implementing and administering pension and 401(k) plans. In the Seattle office, Liz Deckman drafts and implements health and welfare plans, in addition to all types of tax-qualified retirement plans and trusts. In Los Angeles, Mitchel Whitehead is particularly knowledgeable in acting for financial services clients.

Practice head(s):

Diane Dygert,

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Kraft; Liz Deckman; Jon Karelitz; Benjamin Conley; Mitchel Whitehead


‘Diane Dygert  and Jon Karelitz are extremely gifted in communicating complex issues in a clear and practical way.’

‘Jon Karelitz and Diane Dygert are ERISA experts and deliver advice in a clear, client-focused and practical manner. They are great to work with.’


Work highlights

  • Assisted the North American division of a global manufacturing company in the selection of an annuity provider to issue an annuity contract to satisfy certain benefit payment obligations under client’s defined benefit plans for selected retirees.
  • Assisted client in developing a new long-term incentive plan for its executive and other high-ranking employees across several different business lines, and provided guidance on the employee benefit provisions of the SECURE Act 2.0.
  • Serving as sole employee benefits counsel to an insurance provider on issues relating to welfare plan design; compliance with Section 125 regulations; navigating wellness concerns; and addressing fiduciary considerations relating to use of affiliated vendors and providers.

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 2

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is distinguished for representing major insurers, healthcare providers and financial services companies, and is currently expanding into the East Coast. Working closely with employee benefits department, the team deals with complex ERISA cases often involving 401 (k) fees class actions, putative actions and employee benefits disputes. The team is co-led by Kathleen Cahill Slaught in San Francisco, a noted specialist in high stakes ERISA litigation with an impressive client portfolio. The other co-lead is Ian Morrison, who operates from the Chicago office, and represents employers, employee benefit plans and fiduciaries across the full spectrum of litigation. Also, in the Chicago office, Ada Dolph specializes in 401(k) fee, retiree medical and “stock drop” class action litigation alongside Sam Schwartz-Fenwick, who focuses on benefits-related litigation particularly as it relates to gender equity. In New York, Amanda Genovese, who joined the firm from Troutman Pepper as a partner in 2023, defends major companies involving ERISA benefit and fiduciary claims as well as advising clients on the Mental Health Parity Act and Medicaid programs.  

Practice head(s):

Kathleen Cahill Slaught; Ian Morrison

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 2

The ‘business-forward and strategic‘ team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP is sought out by clients ranging from start-ups and middle-market companies to major multinational firms to advise on transactions involving specialized industries such as business services, technology and life sciences. Leadership duties are divided between Suzanne Saxman, who operates from the firm’s Chicago office and is praised for her ‘deep expertise‘ in transactions and joint ventures, and New York-based Andrew Lucano, who is noted for his ability to stay on top of trends in the market such as fraud carveouts in private target acquisition agreements. Further key contacts at the practice include the ‘exceptional attorney’ Aaron Gillett, who is based in Chicago, and Paul Pryzant, a Houston-based practitioner who excels at handling transactions involving private equity funds. In New York, Stanley Bloch has a focus on transactions involving clients from the communications sector, while Breanne Vaclavik is regularly called upon to act as outside general counsel to clients and is based in the firm’s Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Saxman; Andrew Lucano


‘With Seyfarth Shaw we have found deep expertise in employment and M&A law. We have been using them for over 15 years and plan on continuing using them.’

‘Many firms have lawyers with various specialties that are brought into projects at different times. However, what I found to be unique and very effective at Seyfarth Shaw is that the various attorneys that brought together functioned like a team that works together routinely. They all were a pleasure to work with and their skills complemented one another perfectly.’

‘Suzane Saxman’s advice is always clear, useful and actionable.’

‘This team, led by Andrew Lucano, is the most business forward and strategic team I have worked with in the M&A practice. ’

‘Andrew Lucano is incredibly experienced in this space and leverages his sophisticated deal knowledge to our benefit. He is a great business partner and strategist.’

‘Seyfarth is excellent at striking the right balance, addressing all important elements of the transaction (from diligence, through contract, and on to closing) in an efficient and appropriate way.’

‘Suzanne Saxman is the lead partner and has deep expertise and a great manner, able to size up the issues and communicate them effectively to in-house counsel. Aaron Gillett combines an associate’s work ethic and attention to detail with a partner’s business sense and good judgment.’

‘They are very responsive to client needs, have a depth of differing expertise, and are very professional.’

Key clients


Bluware Corp.

Veolia North America, LLC

Merit Management Group Limited Partnership

iFiber Communications Corporation

Novack and Macey LLP

Work highlights

  • Represented NCA SF 16 LLC in its acquisition of Water Runner, Inc. through a stock acquisition that included secured seller financing with a contingency escrow.
  • Represented Bluware-Headwave Ventures, Inc. in its cross-border acquisition by Computer Modelling Group Ltd., a Canadian-based, publicly traded company.
  • Represented Veolia North America in a carve-out sale of its “Advanced Solutions” business and in its acquisition of U.S. Industrial Technologies.

Tax > Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, national trade associations, and charities) Tier 2

Seyfarth Shaw LLP demonstrates expertise in the full range of challenges faced by tax-exempt organizations, advising on formation, reorganizations, and fundraising matters in addition to providing general counselling and guidance on lobbying activities. Leading the department from Los Angeles are Ofer Lion, whose tax expertise encompasses both contentious and non-contentious matters, and Douglas Mancino, who is a specialist in tax controversy, including audits, appeals, and litigation. Further key members of the team are San Francisco lawyer Arnold Brown, who has significant experience in the technology sector, and Lisa Schaures in Seattle, who covers joint ventures, corporate conversions, and M&A within the non-profit space.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Mancino; Ofer Lion

Other key lawyers:

Arnold Brown; Christian Canas; Lisa Schaures


‘Ofer Lion provides exceptional knowledge and guidance.’

Work highlights

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

The data security and in-house backgrounds of team members in the global privacy and security practice at Seyfarth Shaw LLP are leveraged to help clients proactively put in place incident prevention structures and build compliance programs. In Chicago, team co-head Scott Carlson boasts experience as a software engineer and advises clients on matters including compliance, incident response, and policy development. Co-head John Tomaszewski, based in Houston, has a specialism in cross-border information security matters. Bart Lazar is noted for longstanding experience in the sector, working out of Chicago with matters including reviewing the data collection practices of clients. Also in Chicago, Jason Priebe focuses on information governance and privacy compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Scott Carlson; John Tomaszewski

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ITechLaw Association

Kforce, Inc.

Various employee benefit and retirement plan clients (MOVEit Breach Event Response)

Work highlights

  • Advised ITechLaw Association on analysis and recommendations around the EU draft Artificial Intelligence Act’s language and approaches for submission to the EU governing organs (e.g. the Council of Europe and the European Parliament) responsible for negotiating the provisions of the act.
  • Advised Kforce on the enhancement and deployment of their internal data privacy compliance program.
  • Advised multiple employee benefit and retirement plan clients with respect to the MOVEit breach event response, which was widely reported to be the biggest hack and breach incident of 2023.

Real estate Tier 3

‘Friendly and accessible’, Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s broad real estate practice covers the gamut of asset types including data centers, healthcare, hospitality and hotel as well as commercial properties in retail and industrials. Household names like 7-Eleven form part of the firm’s client roster, with a wider base consisting of funds, financial institutions, banks, and REITs, among others. Paul Mattingly, located in the firm’s Atlanta office, acts as national chair of the real estate department, with managing partner of the Atlanta office, Steven L. Kennedy, taking the lead of the development practice group. Catherine Burns is a key name on investment transactions in Boston, as is Eric Greenberg on leasing. In New York, Daniel Evans is noted for his expertise on financing, loan, and restructuring work, while Robin Freeman, based in San Francisco, co-leads the national health care real estate & finance practice. New York’s Cynthia Mitchell is another key name, noted for her role as co-chair of the health care, life sciences & pharmaceuticals industry group. Alongside its transaction and finance expertise, the firm is also highly experienced on joint ventures, leasing, and private-public-partnerships, with further capabilities extending to more niche areas, evidenced through the firm’s Corporate Transparency Act Taskforce. In 2023, the firm gained partners Amy Simpson and Katie Schwarting from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner together with Neil Weisbard, formerly at Pryor Cashman LLP. That same year saw the firm open an office in Dallas.

Practice head(s):

Paul Mattingly


‘The team is very good with high volume work and excels at establishing processes to maximize efficiencies.’

‘Seyfarth delivers both value and quality work.’

‘Talented team of professionals. They understand the law as well as business implications on various matters. They understand what is important to us as a client. They are easy to work with. High degree of trust in their legal judgement. Good communication.’

‘Seyfarth’s people are what makes them stand out. They are friendly and accessible without losing any professionalism or expertise. They have subject matter experts in nearly all of the fields that commonly come into play on a real estate transaction, which makes for a seamless experience.’

‘Eric Sidman is a wealth of knowledge on nearly any facet of a real estate transaction, able to advise on acquisitions, dispositions, borrower- and lender-side financing, preferred equity, and so on. He is calm under pressure and is a joy to work with. Justice Barber is one of the most thoughtful and detail-oriented lawyers I’ve ever come across. Her approach to any issue is always measured, and she provides a level of expertise that is somewhat unusual for someone at her level.’

‘I work with several folks at Seyfarth – namely Amadeo Cantu, Daniel Evans, Mitch Kaplan and Jiten Patel. They work well as a team and someone on the team is always available on short notice when needed. They are thorough but can also be practical. We focus on real estate purchase and sale transactions as well as debt transactions. Our work can be complicated – complicated ownership and tax structures, complicated mezzanine loans and restructures/foreclosures. We have complete confidence in Seyfarth that they understand our business needs and they can deliver. We also work on hotel transactions which have very specific business considerations in addition to real estate related matters. Seyfarth is very experienced in this area.’

Key clients

Slate Property Group

LBA Realty

Invesco Real Estate

Hammes Partners

Steinhauer Properties, Inc.

Edged Energy


Workspace Property Trust

Kensington Development Partners Inc

Work highlights

  • Represented LBA Realty in multiple transactions over the past year aggregating over $3.15 billion.
  • Represented Workspace Property Trust in a multistate acquisition of 65 office properties valued at $1.5 billion.
  • Represented 7-Eleven, Inc. in connection with all new store real estate development throughout the entire United States.

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

Co-led from Washington DC and Boston respectively by Thomas Locke and Joseph Orzano, and aided by litigators in other core offices in the Midwest and on the West coast, Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides a notable service to consumer product manufacturers including those within the cosmetics space, defending against product lawsuits throughout the US. The firm is adept at fending off putative class actions, including through a demonstration of lack of personal jurisdiction and through class certification denial, as well as providing advice on risk management strategies to prevent future litigation. Kristine Argentine heads up the consumer class action group from Chicago and is accomplished at defending companies across a range of consumer issues, including as it relates to the TCPA, consumer fraud and false advertising.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Locke; Joseph Orzano

Other key lawyers:

Kristine Argentine; William Prickett; Esther Slater McDonald; Giovanna Ferrari; Aaron Belzer; Renée Appel; Alexandra Drury; Connor Bateman

Key clients

JM Brands LLC

First Advantage Background Services Corp.

Pharmacare U.S., Inc.

Callaway Golf Company

American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association

Personal Care Products Council

The Middleby Corporation

Work highlights

  • Defeated a $100m claim for class certification in a Fair Credit Reporting Act lawsuit against First Advantage Background Services Corp.
  • Representing Pharmacare against two nationwide consumer class actions alleging that Pharamacare’s Sambucol products violate the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act, and California, Missouri, New York, and/or Massachusetts consumer statutes.
  • Obtained scores of dismissals of product liability lawsuits filed throughout the country based on lack of personal jurisdiction and that plaintiffs could not pursue negligence, fraud, fraudulent concealment and civil conspiracy claims

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has a deep bench of regulatory enforcement and securities litigation partners across its New York and Boston offices, and its work encompasses the defense of individuals, companies, board committees, and financial institutions in courts across the US. The firm is particularly adept in advising companies in the technology and healthcare sectors on regulatory investigations, securities class actions, and derivative claims. William Prickett in Boston and New York partners Gregory Markel and Vincent Sama are the co-chairs of the securities and fiduciary duty litigation practice. Markel’s work includes the defense of directors of a bankrupt tech company in Silicon Valley in two 10b5 cases concerning alleged misrepresentations and omissions concerning its prospects. Co-chair of the firm’s national whistleblower team Christopher Robertson is also called up on in high-stakes matters.

Practice head(s):

William Prickett; Gregory Markel; Vincent Sama

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Officers and Directors of a tech company in Silicon Valley

AAC Holdings, Inc.

Prudential Financial, Inc. and Eric Schwimmer

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

Special Committee of Board of Very Large United States Bank

A West Coast Bank which is a subsidiary of a Very Large Foreign Bank

Co-Founder and Former Chief Technology Officer of health start up, Nayya

The controller of large corporation

C.L. King & Associates, Inc

Work highlights

  • Representing AAC Holdings, Inc., a reputable Tennessee-based entity specializing in substance use treatment services. Representation encompasses a securities class action where allegations of materially false and misleading statements have been made regarding AAC’s financial reporting and disclosure controls.
  • In this prospective class action, which was initiated in December 2018 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by Maureen Dowe, a former employee of Prudential Securities, Inc. (“PSI”), the plaintiff sought to represent all PSI employees who unknowingly settled their race discrimination claims against PSI without knowledge of an alleged conspiracy between the Prudential Defendants and Leeds, Morelli and Brown (LMB). The alleged conspiracy involved an agreement in which PSI purportedly paid LMB’s attorneys’ fees to deter African-American employees from pursuing their claims against PSI.
  • Representing Assurance, Inc. (“Assurance”), a company acquired by Prudential, Inc. in 2019, in a substantial putative civil RICO class action situated in the Southern District of Florida. Plaintiffs allege that Assurance, in collaboration with three other entities, participated in a fraudulent scheme by marketing non-ACA compliant health products as comprehensive medical insurance, including short-term medical and fixed indemnity plans.

Industry focus > Cannabis Tier 4

The core strengths of Seyfarth Shaw LLP‘s practice lie in assisting clients with corporate transactions, equity and debt financings, and tax, real estate, and labor and employment mandates relating to the cannabis sector. Washington DC-based Stanley Jutkowitz leads the department and has focused his practice on tax counseling, corporate transactions, and cannabis risk assessments.

Practice head(s):

Stanley S. Jutkowitz

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 4

Seyfarth Shaw LLP‘s real estate finance practice spans the US, assisting lenders with the full gamut of transactions including construction financings, portfolio loans, capital market loans, and mezzanine loans. The team is also well-equipped to handle distressed real estate matters such as workouts, foreclosures, and bankruptcy. Recently the practice has expanded its reach and has started assisting with issues in California as well as focusing on infrastructure investment, construction, data centers, and healthcare. Daniel Evans and Jay Wardlaw jointly lead the team from New York and Atlanta. Evans centers his practice on structuring and closing mortgage and mezzanine loan transactions, while Wardlaw specializes in cross-country permanent mortgage, bridge, and construction loans. As a part of the health care real estate and finance team, San Francisco-based Robin Freeman is key to lending transactions in the healthcare space as well as concentrating on West Coast transactions. For distressed real estate issues Arren Goldman in Charlotte is the go-to. Also in Charlotte Katie Schwarting and Dallas-based Amy Simpson have expanded the team’s real estate finance expertise, both joining from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Evans; Jay Wardlaw

Other key lawyers:

Robin Freeman; Arren Goldman; Paul Mattingly; Katie Schwarting; Amy Simpson; Robert Edgerton; Tobi Pinsky; Terry Carroll; Elizabeth Dahill


‘The team is great at technology, large scale projects and collaboration.’

‘Seyfarth will work with the team to maximize efficiencies and streamline processes.’

‘Talented team of professionals. They understand the law as well as business implications on various matters. They understand what is important to us as a client. They are easy to work with. High degree of trust in their legal judgement. Good communication.’

Key clients

Slate Property Group

Workspace Property Trust

LBA Realty

BentallGreenOak (U.S.) Limited Partnership

Hammes Partners

New York Life Insurance Company

John Hancock Life Insurance Company

Invesco Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Represented LBA Realty in multiple transactions over the past year aggregating over $3.15 billion.
  • Represented client in a $100 million syndicated loan led by Hangang Asset Management Ltd. For Stadium Innovation Center (“SIC”).
  • Represented Workspace Property Trust in a Multistate Acquisition of 65 Office Properties Valued at $1.5B. View our publishable case study here.

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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP‘s strengths lie in institutional investor representation, where they serve as fund counsel to government plans, universities, ERISA plans and private pension funds. The team is jointly led by Robert Bodansky in Washington DC, who is an expert in investment transactions for public and private pension funds and Steven Richman in Atlanta, who advises pension funds, endowments and family offices on their pooled investments, including in private equity and real estate. Michael Jordan and Evan Sarosi are among the names to note in Chicago, who both cover a wide range of investment strategies for the firms client base. Trevor Tullius in Washington DC is well versed in comingled funds and has experience working on emerging markets.

Practice head(s):

Robert Bodansky; Steven Richman


‘The work product across the team is of uniformly high-quality while at other firms, the quality can be somewhat partner or team member dependent. The team is very attuned to our timelines and specific parameters. They are accessible, knowledgeable and responsive as well as proactive across all aspects of the work.’

‘I have the ultimate confidence that each of the partners is there to represent our interests. Each interaction reflects the acute care they have for our interests comes through.’

‘We use Steven Richman for a variety of complex investment management transactions, not just typical comingled funds but anything that requires a more astute attention to detail and a steady common sense commercial approach we send to Steven, including GP M&A, tailored umbrella/relationship agreements for co-investments, JVs, novel assets (digital assets, SPACs).’

‘I use this firm BECAUSE of Steven Richman. Steven has a tax background, so he is a bit of a unicorn but in addition to his knowledge about the fund terms market, he is absolutely fantastic at thinking on a commercial level about whether a term is important to us or a fair split between the parties. Even if we aren’t on a deal and I just need to talk through either a theoretical concept, a corporate structure or the market on an obscure term, he always makes time and is a great thought leader.’

‘The Seyfarth and Shaw team is extremely responsive and reachable, always willing to help and provide advisement when necessary. The team goes out of their way to provide the information in a timely manner. In my opinion, the people – Trevor Tullius and Robert Bodansky, are the strengths of the Seyfarth Shaw team.’

‘As I mentioned above, the high touch service we receive from Seyfarth Shaw is what sets them apart. Their willingness to assist and quality of their work is what sets this firm apart.’

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s transactional tax practice specializes in real estate sector matters, including real estate capital markets transactions. The team assists clients with a wide variety of real estate-related assets and interests, including shopping centers, REITs, REMICs, and partnerships/LLCs. Steven Meier in Chicago has considerable experience handling real estate and alternative investments such as Qualified Opportunity Funds and REITs. He leads the team alongside New York’s John Napoli, who advises financial institutions, investors, limited liability companies, and subchapter S-corporations, among others. Rotem Bar-Kokhva in New York has experience handling like-kind exchanges, recapitalizations, and workouts in the real estate space. Ofer Lion in Los Angeles represents nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.

Practice head(s):

Steve Meier; John Napoli

Other key lawyers:

Rotem Bar-Kokhva; Douglas Mancino; Ofer Lion; Michael Lobie; Michelle Barnett


‘Steven Meier has guided us into a nuanced space where few tax firms specialize. He has been a fantastic resource. He always makes himself available, is a creative thinker and helps simply often difficult and complicated concepts.’

‘Seyfarth’s DST tax practice is unparalleled in the industry. The team is extremely thoughtful, creative and practical. They are true partners when it comes to working through complicated tax issues.’

‘Steve Meier and Mike Lobie are outstanding. These two are at the forefront of anything DST related and are thought leaders in the space. Michelle Barnett who is one of the real estate lawyers who helps us with our DST program is also wonderful. She is extremely detail oriented, responsive and thorough.’

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 and public access
  • Antitrust and competition
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy and restructuring
  • Capital markets
  • Class and collective actions
  • Commercial contracts and outsourcing transactions
  • Commercial finance
  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction
  • Construction and development projects
  • Construction claims and disputes
  • Consumer financial services litigation
  • Corporate counseling and governance
  • eDiscovery and information governance
  • Employee benefits
  •  Employment
  • Employment litigation
  • ESG, corporate citizenship and human rights
  • Executive and equity compensation
  • Financial products and technology
  • Financial services
  • Franchise and distribution
  • Government contracts
  • Government contracts litigation
  • Government relations and policy
  • Health care, life sciences and pharmaceuticals
  • Hospitality and leisure
  • Immigration
  • Infrastructure and project finance
  • International dispute resolution
  • Institutional investors
  • Intellectual property counseling and prosecution
  •  Intellectual property litigation
  • International employment law
  • Labor management relations
  • Manufacturing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Post-pandemic recovery and renewal
  • Privacy and cybersecurity
  • Product liability and complex tort
  • Real estate
  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate litigation
  • REITs and real estate capital markets
  • Remote workforce
  • Retail, wholesale and distribution
  • Securities and fiduciary duty litigation
  • Tax
  • Tax controversies and litigation
  • Technology, mobility and connectivity
  • Trade secrets and non-competes
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Trials
  • Trusts and estates
  • Trusts and estates litigation
  • White-collar defense and investigations
  • Workplace arbitration and ADR
  • Workplace safety and 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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David Blake photo David Blake David Blake is a partner in Seyfarth’s Construction practice in the Washington,…
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