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Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Seyfarth Shaw
Headquarters Citadel Center
Flag of the United States.svg Chicago
No. of offices 14
No. of attorneys 750+ [1]
Major practice areas General practice
Revenue Increase $520 million USD[1]
Date founded 1945 (Chicago)
Founder Henry Seyfarth, Lee Shaw and Owen Fairweather
Company type Limited liability partnership
Website
www.seyfarth.com

Seyfarth Shaw LLP (pronounced "Sigh-farth" Shaw[2]) is an international AmLaw 100 law firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in Chicago in 1945 by Henry Seyfarth, Lee Shaw, and Owen Fairweather, Seyfarth Shaw originally achieved national prominence for its work in the area of labor and employment law.[3] Today, the firm’s clients include over 300 of the Fortune 500 companies, and its practice reflects virtually every industry and segment of the economy.

Seyfarth Shaw has been recognized as one of the most innovative law firms in the nation for its implementation of "Seyfarth Lean," a unique client service model that combines the principles of Lean Six Sigma with robust technology, knowledge management, process management techniques, alternative fee structures and practical tools.[2] Seyfarth was also named among the top five law firms in BTI Consulting Group's 2013 "Client Service A-Team" ranking, which identifies the top law firms for client service through a national survey of corporate counsel.[4]

Offices[edit]

One of Seyfarth's two Southern California offices is located in the Century Plaza Towers.

Seyfarth currently has ten US offices and four international locations.

Seyfarth's New York office is located in the New York Times Building.

Rankings[edit]

Vault.com ranks Seyfarth 82nd in its annual ranking of the most prestigious law firms in the United States.[5] The American Lawyer ranks Seyfarth 60th in its annual AmLaw 100 ranking of the largest U.S. law firms by revenue.[1] The National Law Journal's NLJ 250 list ranks Seyfarth 50th among the largest law firms in the United States. Finally, Top Legal 500,[6] U.S. News and World Report,[7] and Chambers [8] rank Seyfarth as one of the best law firms in the United States in numerous practice areas.

Practice Areas[edit]

Seyfarth Shaw is a full service law firm providing services in numerous practice areas including business law, public finance, environmental law, intellectual property, safety and health, real estate, tax, and labor and employment law.[9] Seyfarth Shaw also provides legal counseling and litigation support on business restructuring, employee benefits, personnel and labor relations, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, banking, securities regulation, venture capital financings, bankruptcy and creditors rights, and legislative regulation issues.[9] Among other things, the firm focuses on pension, profit sharing, deferred compensation plans, leasing transactions, software acquisition and licensing, real estate development, taxation, trusts, and estates.[9] The firm’s clients comprise over 300 of the Fortune 500 companies[10] and include industrial and manufacturing companies, financial institutions, insurance firms, media and telecommunication companies, hotels, health care organizations, airlines, government bodies, municipalities, and educational institutions.[9]

History[edit]

Seyfarth Shaw was founded in Chicago in 1945 by attorneys Henry Edward Seyfarth, Lee Charles Shaw, and Owen Fairweather. Seyfarth graduated from the University of Illinois in 1928 and two years later received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Lee Shaw enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he played football as an offensive and defensive lineman alongside future President Gerald Ford. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago in 1936 and two years later earned his law degree at the university's law school. The third founding partner, Owen Fairweather, earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and then graduated cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School in 1938.[11]

After World War II ended in August 1945, Shaw and Fairweather returned to Chicago from their stint with the National War Labor Board and together with their senior colleague, Seyfarth, set up a boutique law firm specializing in labor law. In 1947, Lee Shaw helped draft the Taft-Hartley Act.[12] Also in July 1947 the firm filed the first strike damage suit in U.S. District Court in Chicago against the United Steelworkers of America. In the 1960s Seyfarth represented the Las Vegas casinos during their labor negotiations. The firm would plant the firm's flag further westward in the early 1970s, taking on Cesar Chavez and his United Farm Workers on behalf of growers. In the late 1970s, Seyfarth became very successful in its work to break the walkout of United Steelworkers at Newport News Shipbuilding and the pressmen's strike at the Washington Post. As a result, the firm garnered the antipathy of organized labor. Seyfarth also maintained something of a notorious image in the 1980s, fanned by its work in 1984 with Yale University and the attempt to break a new clerical union.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Firm Profiles: Seyfarth Shaw". Americanlawyer.com. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.seyfarth.com/Careers
  3. ^ "Seyfarth Shaw LLP Profile Overview". Vault.com. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ "The 2013 BTI Client Service 30". BTI Consulting Group. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Seyfarth Shaw LLP Rankings". Vault.com. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Legal500". Legal500. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ "U.S. News - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms". Bestlawfirms.usnews.com. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Chambers USA Awards for Excellence". Chambers USA. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Company Overview of Seyfarth Shaw LLP". Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Market Watch". Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.answers.com/topic/seyfarth-shaw-llp-1
  12. ^ Martin, Douglas (November 25, 1999). "Lee Shaw, Lawyer Dies; Helped Develop Labor Law". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  13. ^ http://www.answers.com/topic/seyfarth-shaw-llp-1#ixzz1tvg6oOdD