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Cindy Westervelt

Senior Counsel

Boston
Direct: (617) 946-4890
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Cindy Westervelt is senior counsel in the Labor and Employment Law Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she  handles a wide range of employment work, including litigation. Cindy has spent much of her career in the retail industry and she draws upon her dual background in law and human resources when serving clients in the retail, B2B and professional services industries, among others.  Cindy has extensive experience both in-house and in private practice in a wide range of single plaintiff and class action matters, including delivering several defense jury verdicts as well as trying a collective misclassification case in front of a federal jury.  
 
Prior to joining Seyfarth, Cindy was Vice President, Human Resources for Staples North America.  In her role, she led both the human resources and the employee relations teams that support Staples’ retail stores, sales force, supply chain, customer service and telesales teams as well as its global corporate functions throughout the U.S. and Canada.  She worked with business leaders to drive employee engagement and productivity while reducing legal risk and third-party intervention.
 
Prior to her HR role, she was the Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Staples, Inc.  where she led the commercial litigation team as well as the labor and employment, technology licensing and intellectual property practice groups.  In that role, she was responsible for the overall litigation management strategy and budget.  She developed a risk assessment protocol and led the strategy on all employment class action litigation.  She regularly advised executives on individual employment challenges and non-competition and trade secret enforcement issues as well as organizational changes and reductions in force as a result of acquisitions and mergers.
 
Cindy Westervelt is senior counsel in the Labor and Employment Law Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she  handles a wide range of employment work, including litigation. Cindy has spent much of her career in the retail industry and she draws upon her dual background in law and human resources when serving clients in the retail, B2B and professional services industries, among others.  Cindy has extensive experience both in-house and in private practice in a wide range of single plaintiff and class action matters, including delivering several defense jury verdicts as well as trying a collective misclassification case in front of a federal jury.  
 
Prior to joining Seyfarth, Cindy was Vice President, Human Resources for Staples North America.  In her role, she led both the human resources and the employee relations teams that support Staples’ retail stores, sales force, supply chain, customer service and telesales teams as well as its global corporate functions throughout the U.S. and Canada.  She worked with business leaders to drive employee engagement and productivity while reducing legal risk and third-party intervention.
 
Prior to her HR role, she was the Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Staples, Inc.  where she led the commercial litigation team as well as the labor and employment, technology licensing and intellectual property practice groups.  In that role, she was responsible for the overall litigation management strategy and budget.  She developed a risk assessment protocol and led the strategy on all employment class action litigation.  She regularly advised executives on individual employment challenges and non-competition and trade secret enforcement issues as well as organizational changes and reductions in force as a result of acquisitions and mergers.
 

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law (1994)

Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Millenials and the Workplace” Northeast Supply Chain Networking Group (November 2013)
  • Panelist, “Project Management for In-House Counsel” Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (October 2013) 
  • Panelist, “Alternative Fee Arrangements and Legal Budgets”  (November 2010)