Seyfarth Shaw Named One of Law360’s Employment Defense Firms of the Year


Seyfarth Shaw was honored as one of six law firms nationally to be named a management-side employment law firm of the year for 2009.

According to Law360’s January 1, 2010 article, “Employment Defense Firms of the Year,” “2009 was a big year” for labor & employment attorneys.  The article noted that “Seyfarth Shaw… earns a spot on Law360's list of standout management-side employment firms for several big wins in 2009,” and pointed to a few of the firm’s substantial victories on behalf of its clients, including:

  • Steven Lerman et al. v. City of Fort Lauderdale in which the article states that “…the Eleventh Circuit rejected the plaintiffs' appeal that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act allowed for claims under the ADEA to survive a voluntarily release form shielding the city from liability under employment discrimination laws…”;
  • Hernandez et al. v. Hillsides Inc., in which the California Supreme Court ruled that the firm’s client’s employees at a home for abused children “had not suffered an invasion of privacy when their boss secretly monitored them to catch an employee suspected of looking at pornography on workplace computers…”;
  • Vinole et al. v. Countrywide, where “the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said a lower court had not abused its discretion by granting Countrywide's preemptive motion to deny class certification before the plaintiffs ever moved to certify…”; and
  • United Air Lines Inc. v. Air Line Pilots Association International in which the firm helped to convince the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to uphold a ruling “that a pilots union had violated a collective bargaining agreement by initiating a work slowdown when the airline refused to renegotiate terms.”