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Misty R. Martin

Counsel

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-6529
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Misty Martin is an attorney in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office. Ms. Martin advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters arising under state and federal laws. She has successfully defended national companies in employment discrimination, including FMLA, ADA, ADEA, Title VII, race, sex, religion, pregnancy and genetics claims, retaliation and wrongful discharge claims, before state and federal agencies and courts. She has also litigated wage and employment classification claims, including collective actions.

Ms. Martin has also served as outside general counsel for companies to proactively mitigate their risk through consultation and contractual agreements. She is experienced in negotiating and drafting business and employment contracts, corporate policies and employment handbooks. Ms. Martin combines extensive legal and corporate management experience to give her clients the advantage of an attorney capable of understanding more than just the legal implications of a transaction or matter in litigation.

Prior to joining Seyfarth, Ms. Martin was a partner in Chicago for a nationally recognized trial firm. For more than a decade, she represented corporations, insurance companies and individuals in general and complex litigation in state and federal courts including the areas of transportation, logistics, business disputes, products liability, advertising, healthcare, class action, and general corporate matters. Ms. Martin has handled cases involving death and catastrophic injuries.

As a result of her efforts in the legal profession, Ms. Martin was named among the Illinois “40 Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” by The Law Bulletin Publishing Company in 2015. Out of more than 65,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Illinois, just 640 lawyers have been named to the 40 Under 40 list.

Misty Martin is an attorney in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office. Ms. Martin advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters arising under state and federal laws. She has successfully defended national companies in employment discrimination, including FMLA, ADA, ADEA, Title VII, race, sex, religion, pregnancy and genetics claims, retaliation and wrongful discharge claims, before state and federal agencies and courts. She has also litigated wage and employment classification claims, including collective actions.

Ms. Martin has also served as outside general counsel for companies to proactively mitigate their risk through consultation and contractual agreements. She is experienced in negotiating and drafting business and employment contracts, corporate policies and employment handbooks. Ms. Martin combines extensive legal and corporate management experience to give her clients the advantage of an attorney capable of understanding more than just the legal implications of a transaction or matter in litigation.

Prior to joining Seyfarth, Ms. Martin was a partner in Chicago for a nationally recognized trial firm. For more than a decade, she represented corporations, insurance companies and individuals in general and complex litigation in state and federal courts including the areas of transportation, logistics, business disputes, products liability, advertising, healthcare, class action, and general corporate matters. Ms. Martin has handled cases involving death and catastrophic injuries.

As a result of her efforts in the legal profession, Ms. Martin was named among the Illinois “40 Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” by The Law Bulletin Publishing Company in 2015. Out of more than 65,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Illinois, just 640 lawyers have been named to the 40 Under 40 list.

Education

  • J.D., New England School of Law, cum laude (2003)
    Editor, New England School of Law Law Review (2002-2003)
  • B.S., University of Rhode Island, cum laude (1998)

Admissions

  • Illinois (2006)
  • Massachusetts (2003)
  • New Hampshire (Voluntary Inactive)

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Affiliations

  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Publications

  • “Cargo Claims: When are Food Goods Considered Damaged,” The Logistics Journal, published by the Transportation Intermediaries Association (December 2014)
  • Co-Author, “Compelling a Corporate Witness to Trial: A Tale of Two ‘Plain Meanings’,” The Transportation Lawyer (September 8, 2013)

Accolades

  • Recognized in the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Received the Settlement Assistance Program Service Award from the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (March 2015)