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Seyfarth Hires Labor and Employment Litigator Richard Chen in Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES -- (February 6, 2019) -- Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced today the arrival of partner Richard Y. Chen to the Labor & Employment department in Los Angeles - Century City. Chen joins from Ogletree Deakins, where he was a shareholder in its Employment Law practice group in Orange County.

Chen’s practice focuses on a broad range of labor and employment matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge disputes arising under Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. He is an experienced litigator, handling jury trials, administrative hearings and mediations. Chen represents Fortune 1000 companies in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, aerospace, transportation, hospital/healthcare, and corrections.

“Richard is a tremendous employment lawyer and tenacious litigator. He is extremely skilled in all facets of employment law and is known widely for his winning track record in employment litigation,” said Laura Maechtlen, chair of Seyfarth’s Labor & Employment department. “We are thrilled to welcome Richard to our premier labor and employment team during an exciting time of national growth for the firm.”

In addition to representing employers in high stakes litigation, Chen also counsels businesses on many daily employment issues, including investigations, employee discipline and terminations, and wage and hour compliance.

“As we enter a new era of challenging times for California employers, Richard is a fantastic addition to our West Coast labor and employment group,” said Laura Shelby, co-managing partner of Seyfarth’s Los Angeles - Century City office.

“Richard is regarded as a true professional in the local community and brings a dynamic work ethic to our Los Angeles office,” said Nicholas Waddles, co-managing partner of Seyfarth’s Los Angeles - Century City office.

Chen earned his J.D. from the Rutgers University School of Law, where he served as editor of the Rutgers Law Review. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Earlier this year, Seyfarth announced the arrival of labor economist Christopher Haan to the Labor & Employment department and the firm’s Organizational Strategy & Analytics (OSA) team.

About Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw has more than 850 attorneys in 15 offices providing a broad range of legal services in the areas of labor and employment, employee benefits, litigation, corporate and real estate. Seyfarth’s clients include over 300 of the Fortune 500 companies and reflect virtually every industry and segment of the economy. A recognized leader in delivering value and innovation for legal services, Seyfarth has earned numerous accolades from a variety of highly respected industry associations, consulting firms and media.


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