People: Bradford L. Livingston, Partner

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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 as an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School.  He is also a trainer for Seyfarth Shaw at Work, 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 as an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School.  He is also a trainer for Seyfarth Shaw at Work, 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 (1979)
    cum laude
  • B.S., University of Michigan (1976)
    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

  • Tate & Lyle: Negotiated multiple favorable labor agreements 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 with both Seafarers and Longshoremen unions without a strike.
  • Central Grocers, Inc.:  Negotiated successful collective bargaining agreement 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 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 with Service Employees International Union without a strike.
  • Domino Sugar: Successfully negotiated concessionary labor agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers without a strike.
  • OSI Industries: Negotiated multiple favorable labor agreements with Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers without a strike.
  • Chicago Blower Corporation: Successfully negotiated multiple favorable labor agreements with Sheet Metal Workers Union.
  • The Electric Materials Company: Negotiated extremely favorable initial collective bargaining agreement with United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers 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 a five-week strike with the United Food and Commercial Workers.
  • Strack & VanTil: Negotiated multiple collective bargaining agreements with Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers without a strike.
  • United Industries, Inc.: Represented Company in obtaining multiple favorable labor agreements with the International Association of Machinists and United Steelworkers unions without a strike.
  • Scottsboro Aluminum: Represented Company in obtaining favorable labor agreement and resolving six-month strike/lockout 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 by International Longshoremen’s Association and successful defense of unfair labor practice charges.
  • A.E. Staley Mfg. Co.: Negotiated concessionary labor package resulting in impasse, implementation of the company’s final offer, 31-month lockout and response to the United Paper Workers International Union’s corporate campaign and in-plant strategies; successfully defended over 80 unfair labor practice charges.
  • Fair Oaks Farms: Negotiated multiple favorable labor agreements with United Food and Commercial Workers without a strike.
  • Northern Engraving Corp.: Negotiated multiple successful collective bargaining agreements 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. 

Presentations

  • "The Obama NLRB’s Legacy of Administrative Hubris: How Much Will Survive?," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 8, 2016)
  • “Labor Relations: What Retailers Need to Know about Labor Law and Unions,” Lawline CLE Course Presentation and Webinar (May 14, 2015)

Publications

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