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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Richard Alfred

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Work Department

Labor and Employment Department; Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group; Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group.


National Chair, Seyfarth Shaw LLP Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group; Executive Committee Member, Boston Office Chair, Labor and Employment Department (2002-2014); defense of complex wage/hour lawsuits.


Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (2000-present); Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers (2000-present); Past Chair, First Circuit Credentials Committee; American Bar Association, Employee Rights & Responsibilities Committee, Management Co-Chair Complex Litigation Subcommittee; Testified, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and Workforce, Subcommittee Workforce Protections, “The Fair Labor Standards Act: Is It Meeting the Needs of the Twenty-First Century Workplace” (July 2011); Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, Senior Editor, Law Journal Press (2012).


French (moderate proficiency).


Member of the following Bars: States: Massachusetts, New York, Illinois; Federal: D. Mass; D. Conn; S.D.N.Y.; E.D.N.Y.; W.D.N.Y.; N.D. Ill.; First, Second, Third and Eighth Circuits; Supreme Court of the United States.


JD, Harvard Law School (1978); BA, Harvard College (1974).

United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

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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