Labor & Employment Counsel (Sms) - West Coast

Seyfarth Shaw LLP Los Angeles , CA 90009

Posted 3 days ago

Labor & Employment Counsel (SMS) - West Coast

At Seyfarth, we understand that great people are the key to our success, and we provide the opportunities to match. If you join us, you'll work with state-of-the-art technology in a friendly and professional environment, and we will continue to invest in your professional development. If you want the freedom to grow at a firm that is invested in your future, keep reading.


Seyfarth Shaw is seeking a Labor and Employment Counsel to join our Seyfarth Managed Services group. This Counsel role is a reduced schedule, salaried position designed to be flexible on location, and is a "remote" (working from home, even post-pandemic lockdown) position with access to any of our local offices as needed. This is an exceptional and rare opportunity for experienced lawyers who do not seek to be in a partner-track position, but who want to continue to do sophisticated legal work with direct client involvement.

As Counsel, candidates must be very comfortable handling a single-plaintiff employment lawsuit from start to finish with minimal oversight. In this role, Counsel will routinely interface directly with clients and Firm partners, as well as provide litigation recommendations and develop defense strategy.

A Counsel will be dedicated to a somewhat limited number of client portfolios of employment work, such that the lawyer will become immersed in the business needs of a particular industry or industries and will be able to develop a deep knowledge of a client's preferences, as well as grow the client relationship. The Counsel will be responsible for handling and litigating such clients' portfolios within a particular geographic region, in addition to working directly with the relevant relationship partners to foster a stronger client relationship.


A Seyfarth Managed Services Counsel is responsible for leading, managing, and/or supporting legal matters relating to Single-Plaintiff Litigation and Administrative Charges. Lawyers in this role will handle matters in federal and state courts, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and perhaps the Department of Labor, as well as other federal, state, and local administrative agencies, with minimal oversight.

They will have the ability to handle a practice that includes both overseeing EEOC Charges, including defending investigations, preparing position statements, defending clients in fact-finding conferences and on-site visits, representing clients in mediations and conciliations, and negotiating settlements, as well as directly managing single-plaintiff litigation, including drafting responsive pleadings, handling all aspects of the discovery process (including taking and defending depositions), drafting motions and briefs, including motions for summary judgment, and occasionally attending and handling arbitrations. Occasional travel, both in-state and out-of-state, maybe required.


  • 8+ years of increasingly responsible employment law experience, preferably on the defense side.

  • Experience handling a single-plaintiff employment lawsuit from start to finish with minimal oversight.

  • Top law firm experience.

  • Excellent academic credentials.

  • Stellar analytical skills; and strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Admission to the state in which you are applying


We provide competitive salary and benefits at all levels. We provide comprehensive training, CLE initiatives, Seyfarth University, industry credentialing, and hands-on learning by working side-by-side with our partners. We invest in our attorneys to advance in their careers by providing opportunities for substantive client contact as well as significant involvement in case strategy and management.

We are also proud to be an influential leader in inclusion and diversity. The firm has been recognized for our efforts by the Human Rights Campaign, Working Mother magazine, and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. We are Mansfield 4.0+ certified, a reflection of our ongoing commitment to advancing candidates from underrepresented groups.

Our Labor & Employment Department is consistently ranked at or near the top in labor and employment law rankings regionally, nationally and internationally by Chambers, The Legal 500, Law360, U.S. News & World Report:

Best Lawyers, The National Law Journal, and BTI Consulting Group across multiple practice areas. Chambers USA ranks Seyfarth among the top L&E firms nationally, and we are one of only three firms that have been ranked by The Legal 500 in all six national Labor & Employment categories. We are routinely recognized byLaw360 as an "Employment Practice Group of the Year," and our employment litigation capabilities have earned us recognition in the annual BTI Litigation Outlook as a "Standout" Employment Litigation Practice.

Our drive for excellence leads us to seek out better ways to work with our clients and each other. We have been first-to-market on many legal service delivery innovations and we continue to break new ground with our clients every day. This long history of excellence and innovation has created a culture with a sense of purpose and belonging for all. In turn, our culture drives our commitment tothe growth of our clients, the diversity of our people, and the resilience of our workforce.


With more than 900 lawyers across 17 Offices, Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides advisory, litigation, and transactional legal services to clients worldwide. Learn more about The Seyfarth Experience at

Seyfarth Shaw is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, change of sex or transgender status, genetic information or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.

To achieve our goal of equal opportunity, Seyfarth Shaw maintains an affirmative action plan through which it makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire and advance in employment qualified minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. If you would like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please click EEO is the LAW and the Supplement poster through the following link:

Seyfarth is an EO Employer - M/F/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

San Francisco office: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Los Angeles office: Seyfarth Shaw LLP will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

It is an essential job requirement to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for this role. If you need an accommodation of any kind for religious or disability reasons, including related to this job requirement, please contact Human Resources.

The salary range for this role is $160,000 - $180,000. This is the lowest to highest salary we in good faith believe we would pay for this role at the time of this posting.

An employee's pay within the salary range will be based on numerous factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, experience, skills, geographical location and business or organizational needs. This job is also eligible for bonus pay.

We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, and 401(k).

Note To Agencies and Applicants: At this time, Seyfarth Shaw LLP will not be accepting applications submitted through search firms for this position. All qualified candidates must submit their own applications to be considered for this position.

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Labor & Employment Counsel (Sms) - West Coast

Seyfarth Shaw LLP