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Seyfarth Shaw Named to Top Five in BTI Client Service A-Team Annual Report


Brian Kiefer
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Ivette Delgado, Senior Public Relations Associate
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Firm’s SeyfarthLean® Approach Gains Momentum with New and Legacy Clients

CHICAGO (December 3, 2012) — For the second consecutive year, Seyfarth Shaw is pleased to announce it has been named to the BTI Client Service A-Team, rising to No. 5 out of 650 law firms in 2012, up 13 spots from last year. Praised by corporate counsel for its “quality” and “excellent track record,” Seyfarth attorneys “get results” while offering a “billing model that’s innovative” and “demonstrating the firm’s strong commitment to value.”

These honors fall on the heels of last week's Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report 2012, which for the second consecutive year named Seyfarth among the top 10 most innovative law firms, based on its innovative approach to the business of law and the efforts of several of its practice groups.

“We are honored that our clients regularly highlight our efforts as innovative and value-focused,” said J. Stephen Poor, Seyfarth’s chairman and managing partner. “We’re excited to see where our client collaborations and results-oriented approach takes us as we continue on this path.”

“Corporate counsel recognize Seyfarth as one of the most innovative law firms,” explained Michael Rynowecer, BTI President. “Corporate counsel are impressed by its use of technology and online tools to drive client focus and its ability to understand their business. Powerful differentiators in today’s market.”

BTI’s methodology is based exclusively on objective, unbiased client feedback from more than 300 in-depth interviews with corporate counsel. The BTI Client Service A-Team only includes law firms which clients describe as best across 17 activities proven to drive superior client service. Every firm scored is identified by clients using BTI’s distinct ranking method of key client attributes. The rankings reflect not only how frequently firms are mentioned, but also the nature of the attributes for which they are cited and how valuable these attributes are to clients. For a complete list of the Client Service A-Team, click here.

Based in part on the firm’s use of technology, including webinars and a “top-notch” online research library, Seyfarth garnered the highest scores, “Best of the Best,” in the BTI Innovation category. The firm was one of only four law firms to earn Innovation Idol honors from BTI. Seyfarth also rose to the “Leaders of the Best” distinction in the Anticipates Client’s Needs, Meets Core Scope and Understands the Client’s Interests categories, demonstrating the firm’s focus on providing exemplary client service.

New to Seyfarth’s BTI rankings this year included two new Honor Roll distinctions, Breadth of Services and Quality Products. Earlier this year, BTI also recognized Seyfarth among its “Best Brand Builders,” a list of the 22 law firms enjoying “the greatest upward trajectory” in client perception.

Seyfarth was ranked in the following activities:

Best of the Best                                                       

  • Innovative Approach

Leaders of the Best

  • Anticipates the Client’s Needs
  • Client Focus
  • Handles Problems
  • Meets Core Scope
  • Understands the Client’s Business

Honor Roll of the Best

  • Breadth of Services
  • Brings Together National Resources
  • Commitment to Help
  • Deals with Unexpected Changes
  • Helps Advise on Business Issues
  • Keeps Clients Informed
  • Legal Skills
  • Provides Value for the Dollar
  • Quality Products
  • Unprompted Communication

Led by its SeyfarthLean client-service model, Seyfarth is recognized as a leader in delivering value and innovation by a variety of well-respected third parties, including industry associations, consulting firms and media. Visit to learn more about the firm’s various honors and accolades.

Seyfarth Shaw has over 800 attorneys located in 10 offices throughout the United States, including: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., as well as internationally in London. Seyfarth Shaw provides a broad range of legal services in the areas of labor and employment, employee benefits, litigation, corporate and real estate. The firm’s clients include over 300 of the Fortune 500 companies, and our practice reflects virtually every industry and segment of the economy. For more information, please visit