Firm Profile > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > San Francisco, United States
Seyfarth Shaw LLP Offices
560 MISSION STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105-2930
Seyfarth Shaw LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Seyfarth Shaw LLP handles complex, multi-jurisdictional trade secrets matters, including some in growing sectors such as technology. A notable feature of the practice is that trade secrets matters are handling by a stand-alone trade secrets and non-competes team, jointly headed by Michael Wexler in Chicago, Robert Milligan in Los Angeles, and Katherine Perrelli in Boston. The trade secrets team has recently handled a number of matters for Stryker Corporation, which involved appeals to the US Supreme Court. Wexler, a former state prosecutor, has extensive experience in state and federal courts, and has acted for a number of household name clients over the past year.
The immigration group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP is highly rated by clients and peers, boasting a seven-decade reputation for corporate immigration planning and management. The practice group is jointly led by Boston based Russell Swapp and James King in Atlanta. Other contacts in Atlanta include counsel Sharon Cook, who handles the immigration portfolio of more than 5,000 foreign nationals, and Gabriel Mozes, who focuses on visa issues including temporary non-immigrant visa petitions, permanent employment, and family-based immigrant visa applications. In DC, senior counsel Dawn Lurie specializes in I-9 worksite enforcement and immigration compliance matters, and Leon Rodriguez is singled out for his multi-disciplinary advice and policy insight across the immigration landscape, having acted as the former director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Los Angeles-based Angelo Paparelli is experienced in defending employers against government investigations, as well as litigating in court. In one standout highlight, Paparelli is working to challenge the legal authority of a unit of USCIS to engage in worksite investigations.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Labor and Employment team at Seyfarth is exceptional, with decades of deep experience with labor and employment matters on a national level, and with a high level of complexity.’
‘The team is excellent at strategic partnering in all matters of labor and employee relations as well as well-versed in law and case-law.’
‘Arthur Telegen is among the absolute best. Over many years, he navigates clients strategically and tactically to success.’
‘Robert Fisher is a top-tier labor and employment attorney nationally, and one of the best in Boston. His strategic thinking is exceptional, and he brings invaluable insight to complex and wide-ranging labor and employment issues.’
‘Joseph Damato is an outstanding practitioner, who is smart and experienced.‘
‘Skelly Harper does an excellent job.’
Jack in the Box
Packaging Corp of America
San Francisco Opera
Service Corporation International
The Topps Company, Inc.
‘Highly responsive, knowledgeable, thorough and nimble’, Seyfarth Shaw LLP has recognized expertise in middle-market M&A. The firm has a strong nationwide footprint, but is also well placed to handle cross-border transactions working in conjunction with its global network spread throughout the UK, Europe and Asia. A full-service firm by nature, the corporate lawyers are routinely acting alongside their colleagues in the healthcare, fintech, labor and employment, antitrust, privacy and security, and litigation departments. Areas of focus include strategic investment, post-merger integration and regulatory matters. Multinational corporates and private investors, including venture capital firms, make up the bulk of the client base. Key figures in the team include Suzanne Saxman in Chicago, who has been leading corporate matters for clients in the chemicals, consumer products and healthcare sectors; and New York-based Andrew Lucano, an experienced partner in the team who has broad-base expertise in corporate and securities transactions. Also of note, the team welcomed a number of new arrivals over the past year, including that of Paul Kruger in New York, who joined from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Suzanne Saxman is great to have on your side. She will ferociously defend you when necessary but works to facilitate agreement without compromising the client’s position or goals’.
‘Companies would be hard-pressed to find a more technically sophisticated, business savvy and efficient corporate attorney than Andrew Lucano for middle market M&A across the US’
‘Suzanne Saxman is always calm, offers multiple perspectives and options and a suggested path forward’.
‘The team is wonderful. They are cohesive and completely complement one another in their unique specialties’.
‘Their subject matter expertise is excellent, but more importantly, their bedside manner when dealing with the other side in a difficult negotiation creates an environment to effectively close deals and not get bogged down in petty disagreements’.
‘Suzie Saxman is an exceptional partner. She possesses deep knowledge across a wide variety of topics related to complex acquisitions and she manages her team and other resources within the firm to maximize efficiency’.
‘Suzie Saxman coordinates and leads the team with intelligence, grace, and humor’.
‘The team is creative and resourceful, perhaps more willing to focus on a range of tickets than larger firms, which may only want large tickets’.
‘Highly responsive, knowledgeable, thorough and nimble’.
‘Suzie Saxman is a superb M&A lawyer who really knows what works and what doesn’t in M&A’.
Auxo Management L.P.
Franco Signor, LLC
Memorial Clinical Associates, P.A.
Xpressdocs Holdings, Inc.
University of Redlands
At Seyfarth Shaw LLP, the construction practice is 'very knowledgeable and efficient with their inputs', being 'a pleasure to work with and learn from' at every turn. San Francisco-based Michael McKeeman and New York-based Alison Ashford co-chair the national practice group, which represents clients on developments for entertainment venues, industrial facilities and social or economic infrastructure. The team has particular strength drafting multi-billion-dollar contracts; Washington DC-based David Blake is negotiating PGP Development LLC’s design and service agreements for its £1.5bn Capitol Crossing Project, an unprecedented engineering feat which includes decking over a portion of Interstate 395. Also in Washington DC, Charles Wall acts as special counsel to the Hampton Roads Transport Accountability Commission and was heavily involved in the agreements over a $3.86bn expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Bennett Greenberg works on some of the largest P3 and most complex US projects currently under construction and he is handling all matters related to the development of a new $4.5bn San Francisco transit terminal alongside McKeeman.
‘The DC office is very knowledgeable and efficient with their inputs and use of time. A pleasure to work with and learn from.‘
‘Again, it is about knowledge and efficiency. They look for new ways when it will be a new best practice and beneficial/tailored for the specific project.‘
PGP Development LLC
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission
Municipality of Anchorage
Ryan & Associates
International Monetary Fund
The Shooshan Company
Panther Residential Management, LLC
Far Niente Winery
Paradigm Hotels Group LLC
Transbay Joint Powers Authority
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
RMC Constructors, Inc.
Environmental Chemical Corporation
Suffolk Construction Company
Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 2Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s benefits practice has a sizeable portfolio of healthcare clients – including non-profit entities – for which New York-based defined contribution expert Richard Schwartz advises on 403(b) retirement plan integrations and restructurings, plan governance, fiduciary rule guidance, and IRS or DOL audits. Private and publicly-listed companies across the breadth of sectors approach practice head Diane Dygert, New York-based Howard Pianko, senior counsel Joy Sellstrom, and associates Chelsea McCue and Benjamin Conley for health and welfare plan design, Affordable Care Act or HIPAA compliance, 401(k) plan administration, fiduciary risk training and plan terminations. Jon Karelitz brings experience on large-scale pension de-risking projects, while Jake Downing leads on executive compensation issues, non-qualified retirement plans and ESOP negotiations. Unless otherwise stated, the team is based in Chicago.
Other key lawyers:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
David Yurman Enterprise LLC
Mitsui & Co.
Montefiore Medical Center
Open Society Institute
Quest Diagnostics Incorporated
University Hospitals Health Systems, Inc.
‘Kathleen Cahill Slaught is an excellent advisor- she is smart, knowledgeable, and is able to distill very complex issues into understandable, simple terms for our in-house team.‘
The L&E disputes team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields an impressive number of experienced practitioners. It is regularly engaged by nation-wide companies from a variety of industries to represent them in class and collective actions and the group is noted for its involvement in pay equity and BIPA litigation proceedings. Chicago's Camille Olson is a well-tried litigator with particular experience in discrimination and harassment matters. Practice head Laura Maechtlen, based in San Francisco, has a similar focus. Gerald Maatman, also in Chicago, has long-standing experience in various class actions. Nancy Rafuse, who joined alongside Stan Hill from Polsinelli PC in August 2018, is a key contact in Atlanta for race and gender discrimination claims. New York's Gina Merrill is noted for her expertise in wage-and-hour matters, among others. Other highlighted practitioners are Lisa Damon in Boston, Lorie Almon in New York, and the recently promoted Coby Turner in Sacramento as well as Brian Stolzenbach and Ellen McLaughlin in Chicago.
Other key lawyers:
‘The depth and breadth of knowledge on the Seyfarth bench is unparalleled – the partners at Seyfarth can complete the task or reach resolution of a matter in an effective and efficient manner because of the significant knowledge level and experience baked in to each attorney.’
‘This team is fantastic. It is extremely knowledgeable and takes the time to understand the business which allows it to understand the goals and provide various options and various levels of risk, instead of just a yes or no answer.‘
‘Jerry Maatman is super responsive, thoughtful, and strategic, while practical.’
‘Lisa Damon and Laura Maechtlen are superb. They work well with in-house counsel, assume direct responsibility for the work, and are always accessible and responsive. Their advice was practical and suited to the environment.’
Allstate Insurance Company
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Prudential Insurance Company of America
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated
US Foods, Inc.
The Walgreen Company
Wells Fargo Bank
Areas of expertise for the group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP span all aspects of information governance, including e-discovery, data management, privacy and information security. All attorneys on the team are litigators, with substantial experience in court. The department is chaired from Chicago by Scott Carlson, who has a degree in computer science and mathematics and experience as a software engineer. Also in Chicago, Jay Carle is a seasoned e-discovery litigator. In San Francisco, Richard Lutkus handles civil and criminal litigation, as well as advising clients on cybersecurity, privacy and digital forensics matters; while Kathleen McConnell, promoted to partner in January 2019, chairs the e-discovery analytics strategy group.
‘Very strong technical knowledge is critical in this area, and Seyfarth balances that expertise with a deep knowledge of the complex and constantly changing field of e-discovery law. We have great confidence in them.’
‘Jay Carle is excellent, and was a great counselor when we first started working with him on a large litigation matter, which led to the engagement to help us.’
Seyfarth Shaw LLP's litigation-heavy government contracts team has a long-standing reputation in the defense and construction industries, where it handles a full range of bid protests, FCA work and qui tam litigation. The team is led by Joseph Dyer in the Washington DC office, but also has a strong presence on the West Coast with Donald Featherstun in the San Francisco office, providing coast-to-coast service on a full range of government contracting matters. On the junior end, associates Anthony LaPlaca and Edward Arnold are ones to watch in the areas of procurement law and complex construction-related litigation.
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.
Real estate > Real estate Tier 3
Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s ‘thoughtful and experienced’ team is rated for its expertise in a range of areas, including construction and development projects, leasing deals, acquisitions and dispositions, and land use and zoning. Atlanta-based Paul Mattingly heads the department which is complemented by a dedicated data center services group that handles relevant development, leasing, finance and transaction matters. The team enjoys a strong reputation in public-private partnership projects and counts commercial and investment banks, public and private pension funds, owners and developers and institutional landlords among its client list. Another name to note is Cynthia Mitchell in New York, a ‘top-notch’ real estate advisor for clients involved in the healthcare industry.
Other key lawyers:
‘Seyfarth’s real estate team does an excellent job.’
‘Cynthia Mitchell and Elizabeth Dahill are top-notch.’
‘Ability to respond at a prompt pace and thoroughness to details.’
‘Jay A. Gitles has a very detailed, thorough and ethical approach to problem solving and coordinating a large group of entities thru complex transactions.’ Neal Robin has a tremendous work ethic always maintains schedule with constant coordination of many different challenges.’
‘We use Jay Gitles and Neal Robin on all our property matters in Chicago. Jay is the senior partner. We like his considered and practical approach to property matters. Neal is also an excellent lawyer who also provides us with valuable practical and legal advice on various issues from purchase, leasing and sale aspects of our property investments.’
‘I have found Seyfarth Shaw to be a strong business partner which operates diligently within the volatile commercial real estate field.’
‘Melissa Nelson in the Washington DC office has been a stellar example of a business partner who maintains her role as legal counsel with aplomb and a high level of diligence.’
‘Bob Bodansky is smart, creative, experienced and very efficient. He also is possessed of a very even keeled personality and advises clients in an extremely reasonable manner. He is very efficient as well.’
‘Gregg Bernhard specifically stands out for various reasons not limited to his exceptional industry knowledge and his desire to deliver service that goes beyond what is expected and often goes beyond the matter at hand. I’ve worked with him for many years and can rely on him in as aspects of a transaction.’
John Hancock Life Insurance Company
Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association
Mack-Cali Realty Corp.
New York Life Insurance Company
At Seyfarth Shaw LLP, the focus is firmly on high-stakes securities, derivative, fiduciary duty and M&A litigation, as well as regulatory investigations. The firm's partners have many years of experience in successfully defending corporations and their officers and directors in shareholder class actions and other complex claims. As well as large and mid-sized corporates in sectors such as technology, biotech, hospitality and financial services, the firm also acts for investment banks. The 14-partner securities and fiduciary duty litigation group is nationwide and is led by William Prickett in Boston, Gregory Markel in New York and Kevin Lesinski in San Francisco. The firm recently hired the vastly experienced Vincent Sama in New York from Arnold & Porter. Also in New York, Steven Paradise is recommended.
‘I worked with Seyfarth Shaw several times and I think very highly of the firm and Greg Markel, in particular.‘
Former Controller of a Fortune 100 Company
Special Committee of Board of Large U.S. Bank
Simon Ogus, a co-founder of the start-up media company SportTechie
Wanu Water, Inc
Seyfarth Shaw LLP handles matters such as contract negotiation and disputes, Medicaid bid protests, medical staff credentialing and peer review, HIPAA and antitrust compliance, and privacy and security, and often acts as outside general counsel. Clients have included non-profit and for-profit hospitals and health systems, academic medical and research institutions, behavioral health and home health providers, and independent practice associations. Houston-based Jesse Coleman has extensive experience in civil litigation, and co-chairs the practice with employment-focused Kristin McGurn in Boston and with Cynthia Mitchell in New York, who specializes in real estate transactions on behalf of healthcare clients.
Investor-side mandates are the core strength of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s funds team, which acts for an established client base of state retirement schemes. Robert Bodansky in Washington DC and Atlanta-based tax expert Steven Richman are key contacts. In October 2019 Jennifer Neilsson joined the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP acts for public charities, universities, private foundations and banks. Of particular note, clients note that the team's practitioners are 'well versed in the intricacies of partnership tax law and the intersection of fund formation and real estate ownership'. The practice is jointly chaired by Steven Meier in the Chicago office, and John Napoli, who is based in New York. Meier is 'very easy to work with' and advises on the tax treatment REITs, investment funds and M&A transactions. Napoli is active on federal, state and local tax law, with a particular expertise in the tax aspects of real estate transactions.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has strong depth in the areas critical to the needs of a real estate fund. Each partner is well versed in the intricacies of partnership tax law and the intersection of fund formation and real estate ownership.’
‘John Napoli is intellectually gifted and possesses vast experience in the areas of partnership tax, REITs, and fund structuring. He is responsive and available whenever client needs arise.’
‘Steve Meier is easy to work with.’
Cantor Fitzgerald Securities
Mack-Cali Realty Corp.
Nagase & Company
The Uhlmann Offices
Workspace Property Trust
Black Creek Group
Inland Private Capital Corporation
Sound West Realty Capital
Seyfarth Shaw LLP > Firm Profile
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 & Public Access; Corporate Counseling & Governance; Employee Benefits; Employment; Executive & Equity Compensation; Government Contracts; Government Relations & Policy; Immigration; Intellectual Property Counseling & Prosecution; International Employment Law; Labor Management Relations; Privacy & Security; Trade Secrets & Non-Competes; Trusts & Estates; Workplace Safety & Environmental; Antitrust & Competition; Appellate; Bankruptcy & Restructuring; Class & Collective Actions; Commercial Litigation; Construction Claims & Disputes; eDiscovery & Information Governance; Employment Litigation; Government Contracts Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation; Product Liability & Complex Tort; Real Estate Litigation; Securities & Fiduciary Duty Litigation; Tax Controversies & Litigation; Trials; Trusts & Estates Litigation; White Collar Defense & Investigations; Workplace Arbitration & ADR; Capital Markets; Commercial Contracts; Commercial Finance; Construction & Development Projects; Financial Products & Technology; Infrastructure & Project Finance; Institutional Investors; Mergers & Acquisitions; Real Estate; Real Estate Finance; REITs & 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|
|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|
|Labor and Employment||Laura J Maechtlen|
|Mergers and Acquisitions||Suzanne L Saxman|
|Mergers and Acquisitions||Andrew Lucano|
|Real Estate||Paul P Mattingly|
|Tax||Steven R Meier|
|Tax||John P Napoli|
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Staff FiguresNumber of Partners : 436 Number of Other Fee-Earners : 478 Total Staff : 1,928
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
- Labor-management relations
- Workplace and employment counseling
- M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
- Construction (including construction litigation)
- Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
- ERISA litigation
- Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
- Government contracts
- Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
- Real estate
- Securities litigation: defense
- Healthcare: advice to service providers
- Private equity funds (including venture capital)
- US taxes: non-contentious