J. Stephen Poor

Chair at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

J. Stephen Poor

J. Stephen Poor

Chair at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Biography

Mr. Poor is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw, where he represents management in the area of labor and employment law. Mr. Poor is Chairman of the Firm with overall responsibility for the leadership, direction, growth, profitability and culture of the organization. He has held that position since mid-2001. He has served on the Firm’s Executive Committee since 1998. Prior to joining the Executive Committee, he was Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Group from 1994 through 1998.

As Chair of the Firm, Mr. Poor has helped lead the Seyfarth team in its effort to continue to provide the highest quality legal services while driving value and efficiency through proprietary process improvement techniques, known as SeyfarthLean. Derived from Six Sigma and Lean methodologies, SeyfarthLean is a disciplined way of thinking about the delivery of high-quality legal services in a way that delivers value to the Firm’s clients. Seyfarth was recently recognized by BTI Consulting Group as “best of the best” among law firms for our ‘market leading’ innovative approach to the practice of law. Mr. Poor was named the 2011 Legal Innovator of the Year by the Financial Times in recognition of this work.

Mr. Poor started his career with Seyfarth as an employment lawyer with particular focuses on trial work and ERISA litigation. He regularly speaks on topics relating to law firm management, including partner compensation systems, change management in the law firm environment and the application of process improvement techniques to the practice of law.

Mr. Poor is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw, where he represents management in the area of labor and employment law. Mr. Poor is Chairman of the Firm with overall responsibility for the leadership, direction, growth, profitability and culture of the organization. He has held that position since mid-2001. He has served on the Firm’s Executive Committee since 1998. Prior to joining the Executive Committee, he was Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Group from 1994 through 1998.

As Chair of the Firm, Mr. Poor has helped lead the Seyfarth team in its effort to continue to provide the highest quality legal services while driving value and efficiency through proprietary process improvement techniques, known as SeyfarthLean. Derived from Six Sigma and Lean methodologies, SeyfarthLean is a disciplined way of thinking about the delivery of high-quality legal services in a way that delivers value to the Firm’s clients. Seyfarth was recently recognized by BTI Consulting Group as “best of the best” among law firms for our ‘market leading’ innovative approach to the practice of law. Mr. Poor was named the 2011 Legal Innovator of the Year by the Financial Times in recognition of this work.

Mr. Poor started his career with Seyfarth as an employment lawyer with particular focuses on trial work and ERISA litigation. He regularly speaks on topics relating to law firm management, including partner compensation systems, change management in the law firm environment and the application of process improvement techniques to the practice of law.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Number of Awards

6

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National Chair, Real Estate Department at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Associate Managing Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Co-Chair, Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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National Chairperson, Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Chair, California Hospitality Practice at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Co-Chair, Employment Litigation & Counseling Practice Group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Education
J.D., with Honors, Order of the Coif
Class of 1980

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service. Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here. With more than 20,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked first or second among the nation's public universities since 1984. The University's diverse intellectual life is open to law students: Up to 12 credits from other departments may be counted toward the J.D. degree.

Graduate Degree
Class of 1980

The University of Virginia (often abbreviated as UVA, UVa, or Virginia) is a public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. It was conceived and designed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and established in 1819. UVA's initial Board of Visitors included former Presidents of the United States Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Monroe owned the initial site of the University, which was mostly farmland. His law office and farmhouse are now the site of Brown College at Monroe Hill, a residential college at UVA. UVA is one of the eight original Public Ivy universities, and it is the only university campus in the United States that is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the 2013 edition of U.S. News and World Report's National University Rankings, the school was listed as America's 2nd best public university; tied with UCLA and surpassed only by UC Berkeley.

B.S., Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1977

Indiana University is a major multi-campus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. Indiana University’s mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for students throughout Indiana, the United States, and the world, as well as outstanding academic and cultural programs and student services. Indiana University seeks to create dynamic partnerships with the state and local communities in economic, social, and cultural development and to offer leadership in creative solutions for 21st century problems. Indiana University strives to achieve full diversity, and to maintain friendly, collegial, and humane environments, with a strong commitment to academic freedom.

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Member
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Career History
Chair
Current

Seyfarth Shaw has grown from three Chicago attorneys in 1945 to a full-service law firm. The firm's offerings, capabilities and geographic locations allow them to respond to the critical legal and business issues of their clients.

Boards & Committees
Member, Executive Committee
Current

Seyfarth Shaw has grown from three Chicago attorneys in 1945 to a full-service law firm. The firm's offerings, capabilities and geographic locations allow them to respond to the critical legal and business issues of their clients.

Awards & Honors
Court Admission: US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Admitted to the Illinois Bar
Court Admission: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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