David Baffa > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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CHICAGO, IL 60606 - 6448
United States
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Work Department

Hiring, Testing & Selection; Labor & Employment; Workplace Counseling & Solutions; Labor & Employee Relations; Employment Litigation; Complex Discrimination Litigation; OFCCP & Affirmative Action Compliance; Employment Law Training; Absence Management & Accommodations; Wage & Hour Compliance Reviews and Assessments; Workplace Policies and Handbooks; Social Media; Background Screening Compliance & Litigation; California Workplace Solutions; Organizational Strategy and Analytics; Government Relations and Policy; Arbitration Strategy & Litigation.


Mr. Baffa is Chair of the Workplace Compliance Solutions Group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which focuses on change management and the delivery of proactive solutions that help clients avoid mass litigation and develop internal compliance initiatives.  Each year since 2009, he has been listed by Legal 500 as one of six “Leading Lawyers” in the United States in the area of Workplace and Employment Law Counseling.  In 2017, he was inducted into the Legal 500 “Hall of Fame,” one of only 500 lawyers in all disciplines across the country, in recognition of his consistent praise received by clients.

Mr. Baffa also co-chairs the Employment Litigation Group, drawing upon his litigation experience to drive efficiency in the management of routine employment litigation, promote teamwork and the sharing of best practices, and stay abreast of employment law substantive and procedural developments.  He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and uses the SeyfarthLean approach to deliver increased value to clients.

Mr. Baffa has assisted numerous clients with business restructuring and workforce reductions, led the centralization and process-mapping of leave of absence and disability accommodation management, developed comprehensive arbitration and dispute resolution programs, conducted large pay equity, exempt-status and pay practice assessments, and developed tools and systems for assessing employee engagement, reviewing hiring processes, ensuring pay equity, and analyzing independent contractor and other alternative worker arrangements. Mr. Baffa has also conducted extensive employee and management training through Seyfarth Shaw At Work, including leave management training, anti-harassment training and positive employment relations training.  More recently, Mr. Baffa has assisted global organizations with regard to cultural assessments and the implementation of robust investigation and response protocols.

Mr. Baffa has broad-based employment litigation and traditional labor experience. He handles federal and state employment litigation, including cases involving allegations of sex, race, and national origin discrimination, age discrimination and Older Worker Benefit Protection Act violations, pay discrimination claims, sex harassment issues, failure to accommodate and disability discrimination claims,  breach-of-contract and employment-at-will lawsuits and wrongful discharge disputes. He also has experience managing administrative agency investigations, including systemic initiative, pattern-and-practice and disparate impact claims involving unequal pay, hiring and pre-employment testing, background checking, promotion, and reasonable accommodation processes.  Mr. Baffa also has experience litigating labor arbitration cases, conducting election campaigns, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and handling proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.


Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP.


American Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association; Princeton Club of Chicago.


J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (1995); A.B., Princeton University (1990).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling

(Hall of Fame)

David BaffaSeyfarth Shaw LLP

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.