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Bradford L. Livingston

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5880
Fax: (312) 460-7880
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Brad Livingston has served as the chair or co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s national Labor Relations Practice Group since the group was formally established over a decade ago. He is a partner in the Chicago office, where he represents employers throughout the United States in all aspects of labor and employment law counseling and litigation.  While his practice includes a strong emphasis on partnering with clients to develop and implement strategic advice and business solutions, he also regularly provides legal representation to management in both traditional union organizing and union anti-corporate campaigns, labor negotiations, unfair labor practice matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), labor injunction proceedings and grievance arbitrations.

Mr. Livingston is frequently sought out by employers to handle complex and transformative collective bargaining negotiations where economic or business conditions either necessitate change or present significant risks to management, including concessionary bargaining, coordinated bargaining for multiple facilities or with different labor unions, and during transfers of ownership.  He has significant negotiations experience with virtually every major labor union. In addition to serving as chief spokesperson and legal advisor to management in successfully reaching hundreds of collective bargaining agreements, he has extensive experience in representing management during strikes, lockouts and other labor disputes.  He has served as chief outside counsel in corporate campaigns brought by multiple international unions.

Mr. Livingston has testified before Congress on the National Labor Relations Act, its purposes and application.  In addition to his practice, he teaches labor law as an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School.  He is also a trainer for Seyfarth Shaw at Work, a contributing editor to BNA and the ABA’s The Developing Labor Law, a regular contributor on labor and employment issues to both the World Bank’s Doing Business series and PLC’s International Transactions Guide, an editor and contributor to Seyfarth Shaw’s Employer Labor Relations Blog, and regularly writes and lectures on a number of national and international labor and employment law topics.  He is a member of the International and National Labor Relations Act Subcommittees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee.

Mr. Livingston has been honored by being elected a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, is noted in “The Legal 500” for his work representing management in labor relations, is one of only several hundred lawyers from around the world selected for inclusion in the most recent “International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers,” and frequently cited in other national and state lists of preeminent labor and employment lawyers.

Brad Livingston has served as the chair or co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s national Labor Relations Practice Group since the group was formally established over a decade ago. He is a partner in the Chicago office, where he represents employers throughout the United States in all aspects of labor and employment law counseling and litigation.  While his practice includes a strong emphasis on partnering with clients to develop and implement strategic advice and business solutions, he also regularly provides legal representation to management in both traditional union organizing and union anti-corporate campaigns, labor negotiations, unfair labor practice matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), labor injunction proceedings and grievance arbitrations.

Mr. Livingston is frequently sought out by employers to handle complex and transformative collective bargaining negotiations where economic or business conditions either necessitate change or present significant risks to management, including concessionary bargaining, coordinated bargaining for multiple facilities or with different labor unions, and during transfers of ownership.  He has significant negotiations experience with virtually every major labor union. In addition to serving as chief spokesperson and legal advisor to management in successfully reaching hundreds of collective bargaining agreements, he has extensive experience in representing management during strikes, lockouts and other labor disputes.  He has served as chief outside counsel in corporate campaigns brought by multiple international unions.

Mr. Livingston has testified before Congress on the National Labor Relations Act, its purposes and application.  In addition to his practice, he teaches labor law as an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School.  He is also a trainer for Seyfarth Shaw at Work, a contributing editor to BNA and the ABA’s The Developing Labor Law, a regular contributor on labor and employment issues to both the World Bank’s Doing Business series and PLC’s International Transactions Guide, an editor and contributor to Seyfarth Shaw’s Employer Labor Relations Blog, and regularly writes and lectures on a number of national and international labor and employment law topics.  He is a member of the International and National Labor Relations Act Subcommittees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee.

Mr. Livingston has been honored by being elected a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, is noted in “The Legal 500” for his work representing management in labor relations, is one of only several hundred lawyers from around the world selected for inclusion in the most recent “International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers,” and frequently cited in other national and state lists of preeminent labor and employment lawyers.

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, cum laude

  • B.A., University of Michigan, with high distinction

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin

Courts

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Seventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern District (Trial Bar) and Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
     

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections)
  • International Bar Association (Section on Business Law, Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Chicago Bar Association 

Representative Engagements

Representative Involvement in Collective Bargaining and Labor Disputes

  • Negotiated a successful concessionary collective bargaining agreement for a New Jersey chemical processing facility with the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers resulting in significant staff reductions and job consolidations.
  • Bargained multiple favorable labor agreements for a multinational company’s chemical refineries and industrial production facilities across the U.S. with the Teamsters, United Steelworkers, International Association of Machinists, Operating Engineers, and Bakery, Tobacco, Confectionery and Grain Millers unions without a strike.
  • Negotiated favorable labor agreements for a California food ingredient manufacturer’s refineries and distribution operations with both the Seafarers and Longshoremen unions without a strike.
  • Negotiated multiple successful collective bargaining agreements for a 1,500 employee food distribution warehouse with the Teamsters without a strike.
  • Bargained a new labor agreement for an airline with the International Association of Machinists concerning over 35,000 employees.
  • Reached multiple favorable labor agreements for a multi-employer consortium of Midwest grocery stores with the United Food and Commercial Workers without a strike.
  • Represented an East Coast employer in lengthy labor negotiations and a six-month strike/lockout with the International Longshoremen’s Association to obtain a significant concessionary labor agreement.
  • Successfully negotiated an initial collective bargaining agreement for a New York employer with the Service Employees International Union without a strike.
  • Successfully negotiated a significant concessionary labor agreement for a Louisiana employer with the United Food and Commercial Workers without a strike.
  • Negotiated multiple favorable labor agreements for a global manufacturer’s various food processing facilities with the Teamsters, United Food and Commercial Workers, and an independent union without a strike.
  • Successfully negotiated multiple favorable labor agreements for an Illinois industrial manufacturer with the Sheet Metal Workers Union without a strike.
  • Bargained an extremely favorable initial collective bargaining agreement with the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers for a Pennsylvania foundry without a strike after three years of highly contentious negotiations.
  • Negotiated favorable successor labor contracts containing job consolidations and the restructuring of job bidding and advancement processes.
  • Negotiated a significant concessionary labor agreement, resolving five-week strike for a Maryland manufacturing facility with the United Food and Commercial Workers.
  • Bargained multiple favorable collective bargaining agreements for a Midwest chain of retail grocery stores and its food distribution warehouse with the Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers without a strike.
  • Successfully assisted a major Midwest public utility company in reaching collective bargaining agreements with multiple labor unions.
  • Reached multiple favorable labor agreements for a U.S. employer’s diverse industrial manufacturing facilities with the International Association of Machinists and United Steelworkers unions without a strike.
  • Negotiated a favorable labor agreement and successfully resolved a six-month strike/lockout at an aluminum refinery with the United Steelworkers of America.
  • Successfully negotiated a labor contract for an 1,100 employee appliance manufacturer that, over the agreement’s three year term, would result in the plant’s gradual shutdown and relocation of operations. By developing unique seniority and layoff provisions, the company was able to retain needed skills and have an orderly transition to its new production facility.
  • Negotiated a significant concessionary labor agreement for an East Coast employer resulting in impasse, implementation of the company’s final offers, resolution of a 16-month strike by the International Longshoremen’s Association, and the successful defense of multiple unfair labor practice charges.
  • Negotiated a transformative concessionary labor agreement for an industrial chemical processing plant resulting in impasse, implementation of the company’s final offer, responses to a corporate campaign and in-plant strategies, and 31-month lockout of roughly 800 employees, while successfully defending against over 80 separate unfair labor practice charges.
  • Successfully reached multiple favorable labor agreements for a Wisconsin food processing plant with the United Food and Commercial Workers without a strike.
  • Negotiated multiple successful collective bargaining agreements for an employer’s production facilities throughout the Midwest with the International Association of Machinists and other unions without a strike.
  • Negotiated a successful collective bargaining agreement with the United Auto Workers for a large Kentucky manufacturer that transformed production operations.

Publications

  • Contributing Editor: The Developing Labor Law, 2016-2018 Cumulative Supplements (BNA / American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Associate Editor: Fairweather’s Practice and Procedure in Labor Arbitration (BNA, 3d Edition)
  • Chapter Co-Author: Labour and Employee Benefits (PLC)
  • Chapter Co-Author: International Acquisitions Practice Manual (PLC)
  • Chapter Co-Author: Employment and Labour Law (The European Lawyer Ltd.)
  • Contributor: Doing Business (The World Bank) 

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