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David Baffa

David Baffa

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Chicago, IL, USA

David S. Baffa

Areas of Practice

Labor & Employment
- Workplace Counseling & Compliance Solutions; Labor & Employee Relations;
- Single-Plaintiff Litigation; Complex Discrimination Litigation; Affirmative Action/Diversity; Employment Law Training


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. In 2009, 2010, 2011 and again in 2012, he was listed by Legal 500 as one of six "Leading Lawyers" in the United States in the area of Workplace and Employment Law Counseling.

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, 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 prior experience litigating labor arbitration cases, conducting election campaigns, and handling proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.


J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law (1995)

A.B., Princeton University (1990)




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


American Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Princeton Club of Chicago


Co-Author, "Fifth Circuit Sets Aside NLRB Rule Prohibiting Class Action Waivers," Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 3, 2013)

"Guidance For Employers Considering Mandatory Arbitration Agreements With Class And Collective Action Waivers," Strategies and Insights Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (July 3, 2013)

“NLRB Rules That Asking Employee Investigation Witnesses To Keep Quiet Violates Section 7 Of The Act,” Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (August 6, 2012)


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