David S.Baffa


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David focuses on change management and the delivery of proactive solutions that help clients avoid mass litigation and develop internal compliance initiatives.

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David has broad-based employment litigation and traditional labor experience. He handles federal and state employment litigation, including cases involving allegations of sex, race, and national origin discrimination, age discrimination and Older Worker Benefit Protection Act violations, pay discrimination claims, sex harassment issues, failure to accommodate and disability discrimination claims, breach-of-contract and employment-at-will lawsuits, and wrongful discharge disputes. He also has experience managing administrative agency investigations, including systemic initiative, pattern-and-practice and disparate impact claims involving unequal pay, hiring and pre-employment testing, background checking, promotion, and reasonable accommodation processes. David also has experience litigating labor arbitration cases, conducting election campaigns, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and handling proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

David draws upon his litigation experience to drive the management of routine employment litigation, promote teamwork and the sharing of best practices, and stay abreast of employment law substantive and procedural developments. He is an early adopter of Lean Six Sigma for legal service delivery and it continues to inform his approach to delivering increased value and excellence to clients.

David has assisted numerous clients with business restructuring and workforce reductions, led the centralization and process-mapping of leave of absence and disability accommodation management, conducted large pay equity, exempt-status and pay practice assessments, and developed tools and systems for assessing employee engagement, reviewing hiring processes, ensuring pay equity, and analyzing independent contractor and other alternative worker arrangements. David has also conducted extensive employee and management training through Seyfarth At Work, including leave management training, anti-harassment training, and positive employment relations training.

Each year since 2009, David has been listed by Legal 500 (Legalese Ltd.) as one of six "Leading Lawyers" in the United States in the area of Workplace and Employment Law Counseling. In 2017, he was one of only 500 lawyers in all disciplines across the country inducted into the Legal 500 “Hall of Fame” (Legalese Ltd.), in recognition of his consistent praise received by clients and his more than eight years listed as a Leading Lawyer.

  • JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • AB, Princeton University
  • Illinois
  • US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court, Western District of Wisconsin