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Bradford L. Livingston

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5880
Fax: (312) 460-7880
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Brad Livingston has served as the chair or co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s national Labor Relations Practice Group since the group was formally established over a decade ago. He is a partner in the Chicago office, where he represents employers throughout the United States in all aspects of labor and employment law counseling and litigation.  While his practice includes a strong emphasis on partnering with clients to develop and implement strategic advice and business solutions, he also regularly provides legal representation to management in both traditional union organizing and union anti-corporate campaigns, unfair labor practice matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), labor injunction proceedings and grievance arbitrations.

Mr. Livingston is frequently sought out by employers to handle complex and transformative collective bargaining negotiations where economic or business conditions either necessitate change or present significant risks to management, including concessionary bargaining, coordinated bargaining for multiple facilities or with different labor unions, and during transfers of ownership.  He has significant negotiations experience with virtually every major labor union. In addition to serving as chief spokesperson and legal advisor to management in successfully reaching hundreds of collective bargaining agreements, he has extensive experience in representing management during strikes, lockouts and other labor disputes.  He has served as chief outside counsel in corporate campaigns brought by multiple international unions. 

Mr. Livingston has testified before Congress on the National Labor Relations Act, its purposes and application.  In addition to his practice, he teaches labor law as an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School.  He is also a trainer for Seyfarth Shaw at Work, a contributing editor to BNA and the ABA’s The Developing Labor Law, a regular contributor on labor and employment issues to both the World Bank’s Doing Business series and PLC’s International Transactions Guide, an editor and contributor to Seyfarth Shaw’s Employer Labor Relations Blog, and regularly writes and lectures on a number of national and international labor and employment law topics.  He is a member of the International and National Labor Relations Act Subcommittees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee.   

Mr. Livingston has been honored by being elected a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, is noted in “The Legal 500” for his work representing management in labor relations, is one of only several hundred lawyers from around the world selected for inclusion in the most recent “International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers,” and frequently cited in other national and state lists of preeminent labor and employment lawyers. 

Brad Livingston has served as the chair or co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s national Labor Relations Practice Group since the group was formally established over a decade ago. He is a partner in the Chicago office, where he represents employers throughout the United States in all aspects of labor and employment law counseling and litigation.  While his practice includes a strong emphasis on partnering with clients to develop and implement strategic advice and business solutions, he also regularly provides legal representation to management in both traditional union organizing and union anti-corporate campaigns, unfair labor practice matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), labor injunction proceedings and grievance arbitrations.

Mr. Livingston is frequently sought out by employers to handle complex and transformative collective bargaining negotiations where economic or business conditions either necessitate change or present significant risks to management, including concessionary bargaining, coordinated bargaining for multiple facilities or with different labor unions, and during transfers of ownership.  He has significant negotiations experience with virtually every major labor union. In addition to serving as chief spokesperson and legal advisor to management in successfully reaching hundreds of collective bargaining agreements, he has extensive experience in representing management during strikes, lockouts and other labor disputes.  He has served as chief outside counsel in corporate campaigns brought by multiple international unions. 

Mr. Livingston has testified before Congress on the National Labor Relations Act, its purposes and application.  In addition to his practice, he teaches labor law as an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School.  He is also a trainer for Seyfarth Shaw at Work, a contributing editor to BNA and the ABA’s The Developing Labor Law, a regular contributor on labor and employment issues to both the World Bank’s Doing Business series and PLC’s International Transactions Guide, an editor and contributor to Seyfarth Shaw’s Employer Labor Relations Blog, and regularly writes and lectures on a number of national and international labor and employment law topics.  He is a member of the International and National Labor Relations Act Subcommittees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee.   

Mr. Livingston has been honored by being elected a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, is noted in “The Legal 500” for his work representing management in labor relations, is one of only several hundred lawyers from around the world selected for inclusion in the most recent “International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers,” and frequently cited in other national and state lists of preeminent labor and employment lawyers. 

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, cum laude

  • B.A., University of Michigan, with high distinction

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin

Courts

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Seventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern District (Trial Bar) and Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
     

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections)
  • International Bar Association (Section on Business Law, Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Chicago Bar Association 

Representative Engagements

Representative Involvement in Collective Bargaining and Labor Disputes

  • Stepan Inc.: Negotiated successful concessionary collective bargaining agreement for chemical processing facility with United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers resulting in significant staff reductions and job consolidations.
  • Tate & Lyle: Negotiated multiple favorable labor agreements for food ingredient and industrial products refineries and production facilities with the Teamsters, United Steelworkers, International Association of Machinists, and Bakery, Tobacco, Confectionery and Grain Millers unions without a strike.
  • C&H Sugar: Negotiated favorable labor agreements for refineries and distribution operations with both Seafarers and Longshoremen unions without a strike.
  • Central Grocers, Inc.:  Negotiated multiple successful collective bargaining agreements with Teamsters for large food distribution warehouse without a strike.
  • United Airlines: Extensive negotiations experience for management with International Association of Machinists concerning over 35,000 reservations and airport agents, baggage handlers and storekeepers. 
  • Illinois Food Retailers Association: Negotiated multiple favorable labor agreements for consortium of grocery stores with United Food and Commercial Workers without a strike.
  • American Sugar: Represented Company in lengthy labor negotiations and six-month strike/lockout with International Longshoremen’s Association to obtain significant concessionary labor agreement.
  • American Sugar: Successfully negotiated initial collective bargaining agreement for refinery with Service Employees International Union without a strike.
  • Domino Sugar: Successfully negotiated significant concessionary labor agreement for refinery with United Food and Commercial Workers without a strike.
  • OSI Industries: Negotiated multiple favorable labor agreements for various food processing facilities with Teamsters, United Food and Commercial Workers, and an independent union without a strike.
  • Chicago Blower Corporation: Successfully negotiated multiple favorable labor agreements for production facility with Sheet Metal Workers Union without a strike.
  • The Electric Materials Company: Negotiated extremely favorable initial collective bargaining agreement with United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers for foundry, casting and production operations without a strike after three years of highly contentious negotiations. Negotiated favorable successor labor contracts containing job consolidations and restructuring of job bidding and advancement processes.
  • American Sugar: Negotiated significant concessionary labor agreement, resolving five-week strike at a refinery with the United Food and Commercial Workers.
  • Strack & VanTil: Negotiated multiple favorable collective bargaining agreements for distribution warehouse and both individual and groups of retail grocery stores with Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers without a strike.
  • United Industries, Inc.: Negotiated multiple favorable labor agreements for different industrial manufacturing facilities with the International Association of Machinists and United Steelworkers unions without a strike.
  • Scottsboro Aluminum: Negotiated favorable labor agreement and successfully resolved six-month strike/lockout at aluminum refinery with the United Steelworkers of America.
  • Domino Sugar: Negotiated significant concessionary labor agreement resulting in impasse, implementation of Company’s final offers, resolution of 16-month strike at refinery by International Longshoremen’s Association and successful defense of multiple unfair labor practice charges.
  • A.E. Staley Mfg. Co.: Negotiated transformative concessionary labor package for food ingredient and industrial chemical processing plant resulting in impasse, implementation of the company’s final offer, responses to the United Paper Workers International Union’s corporate campaign and in-plant strategies, and 31-month lockout of roughly 800 employees, while successfully defending against over 80 separate unfair labor practice charges.
  • Fair Oaks Farms: Negotiated multiple favorable labor agreements at food processing plant with United Food and Commercial Workers without a strike.
  • Northern Engraving Corp.: Negotiated multiple successful collective bargaining agreements at different production facilities with International Association of Machinists and other unions without a strike.
  • Accuride Corp.: Negotiated successful collective bargaining agreement with United Auto Workers that transformed production operations. 

Publications

  • Contributing Editor: The Developing Labor Law, 2016-2018 Cumulative Supplements (BNA / American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Associate Editor: Fairweather’s Practice and Procedure in Labor Arbitration (BNA, 3d Edition)
  • Chapter Co-Author: Labour and Employee Benefits (PLC)
  • Chapter Co-Author: International Acquisitions Practice Manual (PLC)
  • Chapter Co-Author: Employment and Labour Law (The European Lawyer Ltd.)
  • Contributor: Doing Business (The World Bank) 

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