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Gerald Pauling

Seyfarth Shaw

Gerald Pauling Elected to Seyfarth Shaw Executive Committee
Gerald L. Pauling, II, a partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Labor & Employment department in Chicago, has been elected to the firm’s Executive Committee, the firm announced. Pauling becomes the first African-American partner to serve on the Executive Committee in Seyfarth history.

In his practice, Pauling has represented employers in a wide variety of state and federal employment matters, including complex discrimination litigation and class actions, employment contracts, harassment claims, and claims brought under Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, and various other state and federal statutes. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and regularly provides advice, training, and counseling to clients regarding employment policies and practices, and diversity issues.

Pauling has spent his entire legal career at Seyfarth, and has served in various firm leadership roles. Most recently, as co-chair of the firm’s national Diversity and Inclusion Action Team, Pauling was instrumental in the launch of Seyfarth’s The Belonging Project, a first-of-its-kind nationwide collaborative initiative to proactively combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on inclusion and diversity in the legal profession. Pauling is a National Employment Law Council (NELC) Advisory Council member and a member of the National Bar Association (NBA) Corporate Counsel Leadership Forum.

Pauling has been recognized by several national leadership organizations. Chicago United, one of Chicago’s preeminent organizations devoted to business, leadership, and diversity, selected Pauling as a “Business Leader of Color.” Diversity MBA Magazine recognized him as one of the “Top 100 Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders Under 50.” And Savoy Magazine recently recognized him as one of the Country’s “Most Influential Black Lawyers” in the Country.

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