Our History

“In our type of law service, we are closely integrated into the managements of the various companies and we render the best service when we are considered part of the company’s team. This concept of being a service institution was a belief that existed when we founded this law firm in 1945.”

—Lee Shaw, 1978

Seyfarth Shaw was launched by founders Henry E. Seyfarth, Lee C. Shaw, and Owen Fairweather on February 1, 1945, with offices on the 13th floor of the Continental Bank Building in Chicago. A labor and employment firm at launch, the founders always had a big vision for the firm. In the words of Lee Shaw: “From Day One, we had the goal and objective of a broader practice.” Since that time, Seyfarth has evolved into a full-service firm of more than 850 lawyers located across the globe. What hasn't changed is our commitment to delivering excellence to our clients.

Explore our history at history.seyfarth.com.