Bradford L. Livingston

Partner at
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Brad Livingston has served as the chair or co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s national Labor Relations Practice Group since the group was formally established over a decade ago. He is a partner in the Chicago office, where he represents employers throughout the United States in all aspects of labor and employment law counseling and litigation. While his practice includes a strong emphasis on partnering with clients to develop and implement strategic advice and business solutions, he also regularly represents employers in responding to both traditional union organizing and union anti-corporate campaigns, unfair labor practice matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), labor injunction proceedings and grievance arbitrations.


Mr. Livingston is frequently sought out by employers to handle complex and transformative collective bargaining negotiations where economic or business conditions either necessitate change or present significant risks to management, including concessionary bargaining, coordinated bargaining for multiple facilities or with different labor unions, and during transfers of ownership. He has significant negotiations experience with virtually every major labor union. In addition to serving as chief spokesperson and legal advisor to management in successfully reaching hundreds of collective bargaining agreements, he has extensive experience in representing management during strikes, lockouts and other labor disputes. He has served as chief outside counsel in corporate campaigns brought by multiple international unions. 


Mr. Livingston has testified before Congress on the National Labor Relations Act, its purposes and application. In addition to his practice, he teaches as an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School. He is also a trainer for Seyfarth Shaw at Work, a regular contributor on labor and employment issues to both the World Bank’s Doing Business series and PLC’s International Transactions Guide, an editor and contributor to Seyfarth Shaw’s Employer Labor Relations Blog, and regularly writes and lectures on a number of national and international labor and employment law topics. He is a member of the International and National Labor Relations Act Subcommittees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee.  


Mr. Livingston has been honored by being elected a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, is noted in “The Legal 500” for his work representing management in labor relations, is one of only several hundred lawyers from around the world selected for inclusion in the most recent “International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers,” and frequently cited in other national and state lists of preeminent labor and employment lawyers. 



  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School (1979) 

cum laude

  • B.S., University of Michigan (1976) 

with High Distinction



  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin



  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Seventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern District (Trial Bar) and Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

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