Richard Alfred is the Chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s National Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group and the former Chair of the firm’s Boston office Labor & Employment Group (2002-2013). He also serves on the firm’s Labor and Employment Department Leadership Team and is a member of Seyfarth Shaw’s Executive Committee.
Mr. Alfred’s practice is focused on employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on the defense of wage and hour collective and class actions, complex litigation, high-stakes discrimination and wrongful termination cases and non-competition/non-solicitation matters.
He has defended many collective and class actions on behalf of large Fortune 500 companies brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws in jurisdictions throughout the United States. These cases often pose enormous risk to clients, and Mr. Alfred has been successful through various litigation strategies in defusing and reducing that risk and the potential exposure that such cases may present.
Mr. Alfred also has extensive experience defending employment discrimination single, multi-plaintiff, and class actions brought under federal and state statutory laws; pattern or practice claims brought by the EEOC; and employment-related breach of contract and tort claims. He regularly represents parties in non-competition, non-solicitation, and other restrictive covenant claims and defends corporations against allegations of competitor-related employee raiding claims.
Mr. Alfred counsels businesses on a wide-spectrum of workplace issues, including reductions in force, internal complaints and investigations, executive employment agreements and traditional labor matters. Mr. Alfred began his career and spent many years representing employers in labor relations matters such as union campaigns, unfair labor practice changes, and collective bargaining.
Mr. Alfred represents clients in many different industries, including retail, financial and professional services, specialized and temporary staffing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, airline, manufacturing, trucking, home building, and technology companies in complex, multi-district, and class/collective actions in district and appellate courts throughout the country.
Mr. Alfred has been top ranked in Chambers USA since 2003. The 2015 Chambers Guide notes, “Richard Alfred has an exceptional reputation in the Massachusetts market. His expertise covers the full spectrum of issues employers might face.”
- J.D., Harvard Law School (1978)
- B.A., Harvard College, magna cum laude (1975)
- L’Université de Strasbourg, Faculté des Lettres (1972-73)
- Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
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