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Laura Maechtlen

Laura_MaechtlenLaura J. Maechtlen is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and serves as a Co-Chair of the Firm's Diversity Action Team Executive Committee.


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Laura J. Maechtlen is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and serves as a Co-Chair of the Firm's Diversity Action Team Executive Committee. In addition to serving on the BALIF Board of Directors, she is a Past President of the National LGBT Bar Association, and a current Director of the National LGBT Bar Foundation.

Laura's practice is focused on employment litigation and includes the defense of class, collective and multi-plaintiff actions arising out of alleged violations of federal and state employment laws. Laura also has experience litigating against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), both at the early charge stage and in large-scale EEOC pattern-and-practice litigation. Laura has California state court trial experience. She has been a member of multiple trial teams that have secured defense verdicts in the California Superior Courts in the counties of San Francisco, Alameda and Santa Clara. Laura speaks and publishes regularly on a variety of employment law and litigation topics, and issues regarding diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and has been quoted on those topics by the San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, CIO.com, Recorder, Daily Journal and the Insurance Journal. She has also served as a contributing editor to multiple editions of The Fair Labor Standards Act (ABA) and The Developing Labor Law (BNA). Laura also has an extensive pro bono practice and in 2010 was named Seyfarth Shaw's Pro Bono Partner of the Year. She was honored in 2011 and 2012 as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine in Employment Litigation, and as one of the country's "Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40" by the National LGBT Bar Association.



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