Karla Grossenbacher > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
United States

Work Department

Labor & Employment; Global Privacy & Security (GPS) Team.


Chair of Seyfarth’s Washington D.C. Labor and Employment Practice


Karla Grossenbacher is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington D.C. office. Clients turn to Karla for labor and employment advice or assistance in defending against an agency claim, lawsuit, or demand letter alleging employment claims. Clients also come to Karla for her vast knowledge in workplace privacy matters, like data breaches involving employee information, use of biometric technology, GPS tracking of employees, and monitoring employee emails, texts, and social media. Clients also seek Karla’s assistance when they need help with high-stakes workplace investigations.

Karla is the chair of the Washington, DC, office’s Labor and Employment practice, the head of the firm’s Workplace Privacy team, and co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Biometric Privacy Compliance and Litigation group. From these positions, she has a deep, unique understanding of privacy matters at the intersection of technology and the workplace. She frequently presents and blogs on these topics, as well as monitoring developments in this area to stay ahead of the newest, cutting-edge workplace privacy matters.

Over her 25-year career, Karla has a strong track record of obtaining summary judgment for her clients in employment litigation. She also advises a wide variety of clients—nonprofits, emerging companies, and Fortune 500 companies—on labor and employment matters, as well as compliance matters related to workplace privacy, such as rolling out biometric technology in the workplace, responding to security incidents involving employee data, and the ability to monitor electronic employee communications in connection with an investigation, lawsuit, or other workplace action. Karla has also handled workplace investigations involving government officials accused of harassment, C-suite officers accused of sexual assault, harassment, and other inappropriate conduct in the workplace.

Karla’s practice is tailored to her clients’ needs. On advice matters, Karla can give clients specific direction to those unfamiliar with the law, or work collaboratively to brainstorm solutions. On litigation matters, Karla focuses on clients’ goals for the litigation, whether it be to leverage a settlement without spending too much, or to win a trial at all costs. The clients’ goals shape Karla’s litigation strategy, staffing, and approach to the case from the get-go.

Karla enjoys working with her Seyfarth colleagues, as well as helping her many different clients on a daily basis. She particularly loves the human aspect of labor and employment law. At the end of the day, every matter has its source in the actions taken and decisions made by real human beings. To Karla, probing those actions and decisions in the context of litigation or advice is endlessly fascinating.%


Women’s Affinity Group


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (1992); B.A., Marquette University (1989).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling

Seyfarth Shaw LLP‘s team has an impressive range of multinational companies from various industries on its client roster and regularly advises them on organizational change as well as on the design and implementation of compliance systems and processes by developing technology tools in order to avoid litigation. Particular areas of expertise include pay equity matters, in which practice head David BaffaAnnette Tyman and Christine Hendrickson in Chicago are noted, and workplace discrimination and harassment matters, for which New York’s William Perkins is a key contact. In the Boston office, Lisa Damon‘s assistance with policy implementations is instrumental to clients to avoid lawsuits. In Chicago, Ellen McLaughlin has extensive experience in conducting sensitive internal investigations, while Tracy Billows is well versed in leave and accommodations related rights. Counsel Lawrence Lorber, based in Washington DC, is experienced in corporate reorganizations. In the same office, Karla Grossenbacher is also noted. Associate Joshua Seidman in New York is a specialist in paid sick leave laws.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

The privacy and security practice at Seyfarth Shaw LLP acts for clients in a range of issues from compliance matters to incident response. Information governance expert Scott Carlson and John Tomaszewski, who focuses on the emerging technology sector, jointly head the team from the Houston and Chicago offices, respectively. Also recommended are Chicago-based Bart Lazar, who handles regulatory compliance and security breach work; Richard Lutkus in San Francisco, who has particular experience in the technology sector; and Washington DC-based Karla Grossenbacher, who is a name to note for workplace privacy issues. New York-based commercial litigator Tracee Davis joined from Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP.