People: David S. Baffa, Partner

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David S. Baffa

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5928
Fax: (312) 460-7928
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Mr. Baffa is Chair of the Workplace Compliance Solutions Group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which focuses on change management and the delivery of proactive solutions that help clients avoid mass litigation and develop internal compliance initiatives.  Each year since 2009, he has been listed by Legal 500 as one of six "Leading Lawyers" in the United States in the area of Workplace and Employment Law Counseling.  In 2017, he was one of only 500 lawyers in all disciplines across the country inducted into the Legal 500 “Hall of Fame,” in recognition of his consistent praise received by clients and his more than eight years listed as a Leading Lawyer.

Mr. Baffa also co-chairs the Employment Litigation Group, drawing upon his litigation experience to drive efficiency in the management of routine employment litigation, promote teamwork and the sharing of best practices, and stay abreast of employment law substantive and procedural developments.  He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and uses the SeyfarthLean approach to deliver increased value to clients.

Mr. Baffa has assisted numerous clients with business restructuring and workforce reductions, led the centralization and process-mapping of leave of absence and disability accommodation management, conducted large pay equity, exempt-status and pay practice assessments, and developed tools and systems for assessing employee engagement, reviewing hiring processes, ensuring pay equity, and analyzing independent contractor and other alternative worker arrangements. Mr. Baffa has also conducted extensive employee and management training through Seyfarth Shaw At Work, including leave management training, anti-harassment training and positive employment relations training.

Mr. Baffa has broad-based employment litigation and traditional labor experience. He handles federal and state employment litigation, including cases involving allegations of sex, race, and national origin discrimination, age discrimination and Older Worker Benefit Protection Act violations, pay discrimination claims, sex harassment issues, failure to accommodate and disability discrimination claims,  breach-of-contract and employment-at-will lawsuits and wrongful discharge disputes. He also has experience managing administrative agency investigations, including systemic initiative, pattern-and-practice and disparate impact claims involving unequal pay, hiring and pre-employment testing, background checking, promotion, and reasonable accommodation processes.  Mr. Baffa also has experience litigating labor arbitration cases, conducting election campaigns, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and handling proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

Mr. Baffa is Chair of the Workplace Compliance Solutions Group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which focuses on change management and the delivery of proactive solutions that help clients avoid mass litigation and develop internal compliance initiatives.  Each year since 2009, he has been listed by Legal 500 as one of six "Leading Lawyers" in the United States in the area of Workplace and Employment Law Counseling.  In 2017, he was one of only 500 lawyers in all disciplines across the country inducted into the Legal 500 “Hall of Fame,” in recognition of his consistent praise received by clients and his more than eight years listed as a Leading Lawyer.

Mr. Baffa also co-chairs the Employment Litigation Group, drawing upon his litigation experience to drive efficiency in the management of routine employment litigation, promote teamwork and the sharing of best practices, and stay abreast of employment law substantive and procedural developments.  He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and uses the SeyfarthLean approach to deliver increased value to clients.

Mr. Baffa has assisted numerous clients with business restructuring and workforce reductions, led the centralization and process-mapping of leave of absence and disability accommodation management, conducted large pay equity, exempt-status and pay practice assessments, and developed tools and systems for assessing employee engagement, reviewing hiring processes, ensuring pay equity, and analyzing independent contractor and other alternative worker arrangements. Mr. Baffa has also conducted extensive employee and management training through Seyfarth Shaw At Work, including leave management training, anti-harassment training and positive employment relations training.

Mr. Baffa has broad-based employment litigation and traditional labor experience. He handles federal and state employment litigation, including cases involving allegations of sex, race, and national origin discrimination, age discrimination and Older Worker Benefit Protection Act violations, pay discrimination claims, sex harassment issues, failure to accommodate and disability discrimination claims,  breach-of-contract and employment-at-will lawsuits and wrongful discharge disputes. He also has experience managing administrative agency investigations, including systemic initiative, pattern-and-practice and disparate impact claims involving unequal pay, hiring and pre-employment testing, background checking, promotion, and reasonable accommodation processes.  Mr. Baffa also has experience litigating labor arbitration cases, conducting election campaigns, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and handling proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (1995)
  • A.B., Princeton University (1990)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin