"No white shoes. No white flags. No sheep."
This is how Steve Poor describes Seyfarth Shaw.
"It's a place," he says, "where people roll up their sleeves and find a better way to get things done." Often, that quest for a better way veers off the beaten track. Steve is perfectly comfortable with that—and so is the organization he led for 15 years. Under Steve's leadership, the firm pioneered the application of of Lean Six Sigma in legal service delivery and the development of the Seyfarth’s award-winning client service model, SeyfarthLean.
As Chair Emeritus of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Steve serves as an advisor to the firm’s leadership and as an executive sponsor of strategic initiatives focused on innovation and growth. During his tenure as Chair, he led the transformation of Seyfarth into an international law firm at the forefront of innovation and oversaw the growth of the firm from nearly 500 lawyers to more than 850 lawyers around the globe.
Steve started his career with Seyfarth as an employment lawyer, with particular depth in trial work and in ERISA litigation. A member of the Firm's Executive Committee since 1998, Steve served as the Chair of the Labor & Employment Department from 1994 to 1998, as Managing Partner from 2001 to 2013, and as Chair from 2001 to 2016.
In recognition of his innovation work, Poor was named the 2011 Legal Innovator of the Year by the Financial Times, as well as one of Law360’s Most Innovative Managing Partners in 2012.
Steve is a frequent speaker on topics relating to the legal services industry, including law firm management, partner compensation systems, change management in the law firm environment, current and future trends in corporate legal buy, and the application of Lean principles to the practice of law. He also publishes regularly on Rethink the Practice.
Steve earned his law degree from the University of Virginia and his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Forensic Studies from Indiana University.
"Clients don't hire lawyers to solve legal problems. They hire us to solve business problems rooted in the law. The delivery of legal services can no longer be the exclusive domain of lawyers."