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J. Stephen  Poor

J. Stephen Poor

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Areas of Practice
Labor and Employment

Mr. Poor is a partner based in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw.  Mr. Poor is Chair and Managing Partner of the Firm with overall responsibility for the leadership, direction, growth, profitability and culture of the organization.  He has held that position since mid-2001.  In that capacity, he serves as Chair of the Firm’s Executive, Compensation and Administrative Committees. He has served on the Firm’s Executive Committee since 1998.  Prior to joining the Executive Committee,  he was Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Group from 1994 through 1998. 

As Chair of the Firm, Mr. Poor has helped lead the Seyfarth team in its effort to continue to provide the highest quality legal services while driving value and efficiency through proprietary process improvement techniques, known as SeyfarthLean. Derived from Six Sigma and Lean methodologies, SeyfarthLean is a disciplined way of thinking about the delivery of high-quality legal services in a way that delivers value to the Firm’s clients. Seyfarth was recently recognized by BTI Consulting Group as “best of the best” among law firms for our ‘market leading’ innovative approach to the practice of law. Mr. Poor was named the 2011 Legal Innovator of the Year by the Financial Times in recognition of this work.

Mr. Poor regularly speaks and presents on a number of topics, most typically around transformation in the legal industry.  He publishes periodic essays on that topic at Rethink the Practice on medium.com (medium.com/rethink-the-practice).  He and the Firm have been featured in a variety of publications such as The American Lawyer, the ABA Journal, The New York Times and the Chicago Lawyer.  You can follow him on Twitter (@stephen_poor) and connect with him on LinkedIn.


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