Overview

Introduction

 

Known best for its deep experience in Labor & Employment, Seyfarth Shaw is a big firm that offers its lawyers tremendous opportunity to take the reins. Those seeking a firm that offers a unique combination of autonomy and collaboration will fit well here. Seyfarth Shaw is home to more than 900 lawyers across 17 offices in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and China. While it is highly regarded for its labor and employment practice, the full-service firm advises on a broad range of legal areas, including l...

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

750 - 1K

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No. of Partners Named (2021)

21

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of Summer Associates (2021)

25 total (21 2Ls; 1 1Ls)


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Base Salary

Boston; Century City; Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Seattle;...


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No. of U.S. Offices

12

Vault Verdict

Associates at Seyfarth Shaw are trusted with sophisticated work early in their careers, so it is no surprise that the firm is seeking candidates with drive and relevant experience. Candidates should be ready to explain why they are interested in Seyfarth’s specific practices and to discuss their prior work experiences. Seyfarth Shaw is not a hierarchical place—doors are open (including virtual ones), and lawyers at the firm are a friendly group. Training is robust, with regular programming that includes long-term development, such as the Associate Business Development Program. Associates feel there could be more transparency into firm decision-making, especially as to bonuses. They also gripe that compensation is below market—though some feel the trade-off for better work-life bal...

About the Firm

 

Seyfarth Shaw is home to more than 900 lawyers across 17 offices in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and China. While it is highly regarded for its labor and employment practice, the full-service firm advises on a broad range of legal areas, including litigation, tax, immigration, corporate, real estate, and employee benefits. The firm operates through a distinctive client service model called SeyfarthLean, incorporating the Lean Six Sigma method into its practice. 

Chi-town Trio

Seyfarth Shaw’s labor and employment roots run deep. The firm was founded in Chicago in 1945 by Henry E. Seyfarth, Lee C. Shaw, and Owen Fairweather as a labor and employment firm. Its early days saw its attorneys helping draft the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 and building a strong practice...

Associate Reviews


  • Very collaborative, supportive. Open doors and no hierarchy between staff and attorneys—everyone works together as a team.”
  • Despite working from home during the past year, the partners have done a fantastic job at staying in touch and making things feel as ‘normal’ as possible.”
  • The people are what make Seyfarth great. Seyfarth is a collaborative environment where attorneys truly work together to achieve client satisfaction.”
  • Very friendly atmosphere. We have lots of happy hours and other kinds of social gatherings.”

Why Work Here


Diversity at Seyfarth

"At Seyfarth, "inclusion and diversity" are more than aspirational words. They are at the forefront of our firm's client- and talent-centered culture. We drive our efforts through tangible action, continuous improvement, and constant learning. We focus on creating a culture in which people can bring their authentic selves and unique experiences to the work we do every day. We do so for two simple yet powerful reasons: people matter, and we excel when we cultivate belonging, inclusion, and diversity. Seyfarth's I&D work is..."

Getting Hired Here


  • I think the firm is looking for well-rounded candidates. Law School attended and grades seem to be less of an emphasis lately. Prior work experience in L&E is a big plus.  Loyola is a big feeder school.”
  • The firm looks for (1) fit, (2) individual drive to make an impact, and (3) interest in the practice group (since summers and hires are hired by specific departments).”
  • Seyfarth doesn't have a very big summer program, so hiring is focused on laterals. Practice experience seems to trump academic credentials, although quite a few attorneys in my group clerked for federal district court judges.”

Perks & Benefits