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Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Chicago, Illinois
Gerald Maatman Jr. is a partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, the leading national employment and labor law firm. He is a resident in the firm’s Chicago and New York offices and has a primary emphasis in his practice on defending employers sued in employment discrimination class actions, wage & hour collective actions, EEOC pattern or practice lawsuits, and civil rights/denial of access class actions 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 class action 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.

About Me

What professional recognitions do you have?
Named to BTI Consulting Group’s “Super All-Star” list (2014)
Named to Law 360 as one of five MVP’s (2013)
Corporate Counsel Magazine selected him as one of the leading employment lawyers in the United States in the Who’s Who International Guide To Business Lawyers in 2004 to 2013.
Chambers selected him as one of the leading class action defense lawyers in its 2006 to 2013 rankings of U.S. lawyers
What notable cases have you worked on?
Among his various cases, Mr. Maatman successfully defended one of the largest age discrimination collective actions ever brought in Illinois, as well as the first sexual harassment class action brought by a State Attorney General in the United States. Further, he served as lead defense counsel in one of the largest EEOC pattern or practice actions ever prosecuted by the U.S. Government. Mr. Maatman has also defended the governments of France, India, and Spain in lawsuits brought in U.S. courts over their employment of American workers.


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School Degree Graduation Year
Northwestern University School of Law J.D. Degree 1981
Washington and Lee University B.A. Degree, magna cum laude 1978

Contact Information

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

131 S Dearborn St Ste 2400
Chicago, IL 60603