People: Scott A. Schaefers, Partner

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Scott A. Schaefers

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5647
Fax: (312) 460-7647
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Mr. Schaefers is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office, where he specializes in commercial litigation, antitrust and trade regulation, and trade secrets and restrictive covenants.  He has significant experience in representing commercial and not-for-profit clients in a wide range of litigation matters, from start to finish, including:

  • Antitrust price-fixing, wage-fixing, price-discrimination, monopolization, attempted monopolization, Clayton Act, and unlawful conspiracy claims; as well as representing Hart-Scott-Rodino applicants;
  • Trade secret misappropriation; breaches of non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements; breaches of employee legal duties; and unfair competition; and
  • Real estate ownership and leasing disputes; hospital and physician defense in defamation, emotional distress, and malpractice cases; ADA Title III public-accommodation defense; commercial vendor-client disputes; and commercial collection disputes.

Mr. Schaefers is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office, where he specializes in commercial litigation, antitrust and trade regulation, and trade secrets and restrictive covenants.  He has significant experience in representing commercial and not-for-profit clients in a wide range of litigation matters, from start to finish, including:

  • Antitrust price-fixing, wage-fixing, price-discrimination, monopolization, attempted monopolization, Clayton Act, and unlawful conspiracy claims; as well as representing Hart-Scott-Rodino applicants;
  • Trade secret misappropriation; breaches of non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements; breaches of employee legal duties; and unfair competition; and
  • Real estate ownership and leasing disputes; hospital and physician defense in defamation, emotional distress, and malpractice cases; ADA Title III public-accommodation defense; commercial vendor-client disputes; and commercial collection disputes.

Education

  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law (2002)
  • B.S., University of Notre Dame (1999)
    cum laude

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • Trial Bar, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Representative Engagements

  • Reed v. Advocate Healthcare et al., Case No. 06 C 3337 (N.D. Ill. 2006) (defendants successfully opposed class certification in antitrust wage-fixing case);
  • Advanced Physicians v. Provena Glenwood Medical Imaging et al., Nos. 09 CH 5679, 10 CH 2054 (Ill. Cir. Ct. 12th Cir. 2009) (physician defendants dismissed from antitrust / consumer fraud anti-kickback case on statute of limitations grounds);
  • Spanlink Communications v. eLoyalty Corp., No. 27-CR-10-23591 (Minn. Dist. Ct. 4th Dist. 2010) (successfully opposed plaintiff’s motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction);
  • Ruffin v. Exel Direct, Inc., No. 09 C 1735 (N.D. Ill. 2009) (obtained summary judgment on plaintiffs’ class action breach of contract claims);
  • PacificDental Benefits, Inc. et al. v. Liberty Dental Plan Corp. et al, No. 08-110678 (Cal. Sup. Ct. Orange Co. 2008 (represent plaintiffs in case involving trade secret misappropriation, misuse of confidential and proprietary information, and breaches of duties of loyalty and confidence); and
  • HP Parkway v. HSBC Finance Corp., Nos. 10 L 5349, 11 L 7885 (Ill. Cir. Ct. Cook Co. 2010) (represent real estate developer in alleged multi-million dollar breach of build-to-suit lease case).

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Supreme Court Comcast Antitrust Opinion Will Have Major Impact on Class Actions,” One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 3, 2013)
  • Commentator, “Last Year’s Appellate CFAA Rulings Bode Well for Civil Lawsuits Arising from NDA Breaches,” BNA Electronic & Commerce Law Report (January 19, 2011)
  • Co-panelist, “Protecting Your Trade Secrets in Financial Services Industry,” Seyfarth Trade Secrets Group MCLE webinar (April 6, 2011)
  • Co-author, “Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is Back in Play for Employer Suits Against Dishonest Employees in the Ninth Circuit,” Seyfarth Shaw Trade Secrets Blog (May 2, 2011)
  • Co-editor, “Trade Secrets and Employee Patent Act,” Illinois Corporate Practice and Forms Manual, Chapter 47(2011 edition);
  • Co-author, “Combating Employee Data Theft with CFAA,” Law360.com (June 13, 2011)
  • “California Federal Court Recently Invokes ‘Trade Secret’ Exception to California’s Anti-Noncompete Statute to Effectively Blue Pencil Noncompete Agreement,” Seyfarth Shaw Trade Secrets Blog (July 14, 2011)
  • “California Appellate Court Rules that Five-Year Noncompete Agreement of Unlimited Geographic Reach is Enforceable as a Sanction Against Reticent Defendant,” Seyfarth Shaw Trade Secrets Blog (July 20, 2011)
  • Regular contributor, “Employee Mobility, Restrictive Covenants, and Trade Secrets;” ABA Annual Review, Chapter 14
  • “Employers May Have Sweat Equity In Their Executives LinkedIn Accounts, But Employees Score Win In War Over The Applicability Of The Federal Computer Fraud And Abuse Act In The Workplace,” Seyfarth Shaw Trade Secrets Blog (January 5, 2012)
  • Co-panelist, “Latest Developments in the CFAA/Social Media and Privacy,” Seyfarth Trade Secrets Group MCLE webinar (January 26, 2011)