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Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. is a partner of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP. Mr. Maatman is resident in the firm's Chicago and New York offices.  He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington & Lee University (B.A. magna cum laude, 1978), and Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1981), where he served as executive editor of one of the school's law reviews.  Mr. Maatman is also an adjunct professor of law in trial advocacy at Northwestern University School of Law, and has served as a guest lecturer in federal civil procedure at the University of Michigan School of Law.

Mr. Maatman has a primary emphasis in his practice on defending corporations and business executives sued in employment-related complex and class action lawsuits brought in federal and state courts throughout the United States.  Mr. Maatman also pioneered the process of conducting employment practices audits to assist employers in structuring effective and practical personnel policies and protocols.  These audits are designed to minimize the incidence of employment-related litigation and to maximize management discretion and workplace productivity.  Mr. Maatman's work in this area has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine.

Mr. Maatman represents several leading employment practices liability insurance ("EPLI") carriers and defends their employer insureds throughout the United States.  He has also developed EPLI risk management programs for these carriers to assist their employer insureds in reducing and minimizing workplace exposures.  Mr. Maatman created an interactive web-enabled tutorial for one of the largest EPLI insurance carriers in the U.S., which provides Internet compliance training for management personnel on compliance with employment laws. Business Insurance Magazine selected the training tutorial for its "Best Of The Web" Award in both 2001 and again in 2002.

Mr. Maatman specializes in the defense of corporations sued in EEOC pattern or practice lawsuits and class actions relative to employment discrimination, wage & hour, civil rights, and denial of access/services.  Among his various cases, Mr. Maatman successfully defended one of the largest age discrimination class actions ever brought in Illinois, as well as the first sexual harassment class action brought by a State Attorney General in the United States. He has also defended the governments of France, India, and Spain in lawsuits brought in U.S. courts over their employment of American workers.

Mr. Maatman is often consulted by major news organizations for his views on significant court rulings in employment cases.  He has served as a legal commentator on the Public Broadcasting System and USA Talk Radio, and his comments have appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Business Insurance, USA Today, Fortune, HR Magazine, National Underwriter, and Forbes. Mr. Maatman also writes and lectures extensively on employment discrimination and labor law topics.  He has authored six books on employment law topics, and has spoken to employer groups throughout the United States, as well as in Asia, Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Based on international surveys of business executives and corporate counsel, Euromoney selected Mr. Maatman as one of the leading employment lawyers in the world in 1999 to 2009.  In addition, Corporate Counsel Magazine selected him as one of the leading employment lawyers in the United States in the Who's Who Guide To Business Lawyers in 2004 to 2009. Chambers selected him as one of the leading class action defense lawyers in its 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 rankings of U.S. lawyers. Mr. Maatman is also a fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.
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