Lateral Look: Seyfarth Shaw

With a stellar national labor & employment practice and opportunities to get hands-on experience from the get-go, life for associates at this Chicago-born firm is Seyfarth, so good.

Seyfarth Shaw Lateral Profile 2023

When it comes to BigLaw, Chicago native Seyfarth offers one of the top labor & employment practices in the US. In fact, its labor & employment group earns elite status from Chambers USA in its hometown, with top rankings going to its practices in Boston and Atlanta, too. “There’s no better place to practice labor and employment law,” a source declared, describing their motivations for joining the firm. 

The other big area for Seyfarth is real estate, and the firm picks up many a Chambers USA accolade for this practice, as well as related areas such as construction and retail

View the firm’s Chambers USA rankings

Read the firm’s Inside View feature on junior associate life

Why did you join your firm? Associates say…

“Supportive team and great opportunities for professional advancement.”

“Strength of the labor & employment practice group.”

“Nationally recognized for employment / litigation.”


 Career Development & the Path to Partnership



0.6 : 1


partners made in 2022

associate : partner gearing

of associates intend to make partner




felt partnership was achievable for attorneys with children felt partnership was achievable at the firm agreed partners
are nurturing
future leaders


The view from the firm: Seyfarth has a Lawyer Development Committee that supports all of its associates. Every associate is assigned a partner mentor as well as an associate buddy when they start at the firm. Seyfarth also offers many mentoring opportunities including a Coaching program, TRIAD program, Associate retreats and Affinity Groups.


 Hours & Compensation





billable hours

average number of vacation days associates took in one year

average number of hours associates worked in one week




agreed they had a good work-life balance

said the benefits package makes the workload worthwhile

found the bonus allocation fair and transparent



1st year: $190,000

2nd year: $200,000

3rd year: $220,000

4th year: $255,000

5th year: $280,000

6th year: $290,000

7th year: $300,000

8th year: $310,000

Is Seyfarth the right firm for you?




were happy in their current role

     agreed the work is interesting

We asked survey respondents what stands out about the firm’s culture?

“There are no pretenses here. You have direct contact with partners and they treat you with respect.”

“Emphasis on the importance of bringing your whole self to the table, which means you have to have something outside the firm to contribute and a healthy support network (e.g., family, friends, community involvement).”

“Management communicated to me that the firm respected a healthy work/life balance and that partners were very supportive of associate's growth.”


 Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing





reported strong performance in inclusivity training

of partners are women

of associates identify as ethnically diverse



 Pro Bono




average pro bono
per US attorney    

    agreed the firm is committed to pro bono


Pro bono highlights: Immigration/asylum work for Afghan journalists; Transgender Name Change Clinic; Equal Justice Works fellowship; firearm safety work; racial justice work



Learn more about opportunities at the firm

Recruitment contact: Katie Beach, National Director of Legal Recruiting,