Mr Richard Lapp > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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CHICAGO, IL 60606 - 6448
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Labor & Employment Department; Chicago & Los Angeles offices


Mr. Lapp is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice centers on high-consequence litigation. Fortune 500 companies have sought Mr. Lapp’s unique combination of legal expertise, business acumen, and strategic focus in contexts ranging from litigation to high-sensitivity boardroom investigations. He has successfully defended his clients against allegations of worker misclassification, discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, whistleblower retaliation, and wage and hour class actions before regulatory agencies and state and federal courts. Mr. Lapp has also represented Fortune 500 companies in affirmative commercial litigation, non-compete and trade secrets litigation. His diverse, cross-sector corporate clientele spans logistics, retail, consumer products manufacturing, financial services, technology services and products, and healthcare.


Mr. Lapp has been a partner at Seyfarth Shaw since 1994 and is a contributing member of several Seyfarth Specialty Groups, including its Appellate Practice Team, Whistleblower Team, Employment Whistleblower Team, Fraud & Abuse, False Claims and Internal Investigations Team, and Corporate Internal Investigations Team. He previously clerked for the Hon. Daniel A. Manion on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and is the author of “A Call for a Simpler Approach: Examining the NLRA’s 10(j) Standard,” (University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law 251, Winter 2001 and “Remedial Gap at the NLRB; the Demise of the Nonmajority Bargaining Order” (1985 University of Wisconsin Law Review 1193).




American Bar Association (Labor and Employment, Dispute Resolution, Litigation (including the Committee on Class and Derivative Actions and Business Law Sections), International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (Employment Disputes Committee), Chicago Bar Association, Seventh Circuit Bar Association, American Employment Law Council.


J.D., University of Wisconsin School of Law, cum laude (1985); Order of the Coif; Deans Academic Achievement Award; Law Review Member; Am. Jur. Book Award; B.A., Michigan State University (1981).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields a team of ‘good experts, comprising seasoned lawyers supervising stellar long-term associates‘. Noted for its expertise in wage-and-hour class actions and workplace litigation alleging discrimination, the nationwide group is praised for being ‘hands on, extremely thorough, and extraordinarily knowledgeable‘. Work highlights included Noah Finkel and Andrew Scroggins acting for Epic Systems as co-counsel (alongside Hogan Lovells US LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP) in a landmark case decided by the Supreme Court in May 2018, relating to the enforceability of the agreement into which the plaintiff entered requiring the parties to resolve wage-hour disputes through individual arbitration and waive class and collective proceedings. The ‘one-of-a-kind‘ Gerald Maatman continues to lead a team acting for Sterling Jewelers (together with co-counsel Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP) in an employment discrimination class action. Brian Ashe successfully acted for Digital Realty Trust before the Supreme Court in a case relating to the definition and statutory application of the term ‘whistleblower’. Camille Olson is a ‘world class lawyer‘ and Washington DC-based Raymond Baldwin is a ‘ zealous advocate for his clients with a practical approach‘. In Los Angeles, Andrew Paley is an ‘extremely well-versed adviser‘, and Jon Meer is praised for his ‘immense knowledge and trial practice‘. Atlanta’s Robert Stevens is described as an ‘expert in restrictive covenant work‘; clients also appreciate Kerry Friedrichs in San Francisco and Pamela Devata for ‘being leaders in their field and being able to answer questions on the spot‘. Further recommended individuals are practice head Laura Maechtlen and Christian Rowley in San Francisco, Boston’s Richard Alfred and the ‘greatly experienced and knowledgeableLisa DamonLorie Almon and Gina Merrill in New York, as well as Richard Lapp. In Houston, the team was strengthen by the arrival of Scott Nelson from Baker McKenzie LLP in May 2018, while John Yslas joined the Los Angeles office from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in July 2018. Named attorneys are based in Chicago except where indicated otherwise.