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Gerald Maatman, Jr.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Labor & Employment; Hiring, Testing & Selection; Complex Discrimination Litigation; Workplace Counseling & Solutions; Employment Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Insurance; Commercial; Class Action Defense; Securities & Financial Litigation; Background Screening Compliance & Litigation; Wage & Hour Litigation; Wage & Hour Class and Collective Actions; Arbitration Strategy & Litigation.


Gerald (Jerry) L. Maatman, Jr. – is a partner with the firm’s Chicago and New York City offices, and the co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s class action practice group. He has represented small and large employers across the country in putative class actions, ranging in size from hundreds to thousands of employees. He was named Employment MVP by Law360 in 2013, 2014, and again in 2018, which is indicative of being considered one of the best six employment lawyers in the United States. Given the selective nature of this award, it is exceedingly rare for one lawyer to be selected multiple times within a six-year span. In addition, he was recognized by Who’s Who Legal as the best employment class action defense lawyer in the U.S. this past year.

Mr. Maatman represents several leading employment practices liability insurance (“EPLI”) carriers and defends their employer insureds in class actions throughout the United States. He has also developed EPLI risk management programs for these carriers to assist their employer insureds in reducing and minimizing class actions. Mr. Maatman created an interactive web-enabled tutorial for the largest EPLI carrier in the U.S., which provides Internet training for management personnel on compliance with employment laws. Business Insurance Magazine selected the training tutorial for its “Best of the Web” Award for risk management in both 2001 and 2002.

Among his various cases, Mr. Maatman successfully defended one of the largest age discrimination collective actions ever brought in Illinois, as well as the first sexual harassment class action brought by a State Attorney General in the United States. Further, he served as lead defense counsel in one of the largest EEOC pattern or practice actions ever prosecuted by the U.S. Government. Mr. Maatman has also defended the governments of France, India, and Spain in lawsuits brought in U.S. courts over their employment of American workers.

Finally, he is the editor of Seyfarth Shaw’s Annual Workplace Class Action Report, a compendium of Rule 23 decisions he analyzed and authored each year. The Report provides a ranking of the top ten settlements each year and the findings have been recently referenced in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Bloomberg BNA, and POLITICO.


Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP


J.D., Northwestern University School of Law (1981); B.A., Washington and Lee University, magna cum laude (1978).

United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

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Gerald Maatman - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Within: 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 knowledgeable' Lisa Damon, Lorie 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.

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