J. Stephen Poor
Chairman, Seyfarth Shaw LLPSeyfarth Shaw
Mr. Poor is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw, where he represents management in the area of labor and employment law. Mr. Poor is Chairman 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. 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 started his career with Seyfarth as an employment lawyer with particular focuses on trial work and ERISA litigation. He regularly speaks on topics relating to law firm management, including partner compensation systems, change management in the law firm environment and the application of process improvement techniques to the practice of law.