(January 19, 2022) -- Seyfarth announced today the arrival of four partners across its global platform. The new partners join three Seyfarth departments and three of the firm’s offices in the US and Asia.

“We’re excited to start the new year by welcoming this talented group of lawyers to many of the firm’s departments and offices,” Seyfarth chair and managing partner Pete Miller said. “As client demand grows across all our practice areas, we’ll continue to strategically add the very best to our worldwide team.”

About the New Partners:

  • Kamran Mirrafati rejoins Seyfarth’s Labor & Employment department and Labor Management Relations practice group in Los Angeles. Mirrafati returns to Seyfarth from Foley & Lardner where he served as a partner in its Labor & Employment department in Los Angeles.  Mirrafati defends employers in a wide range of employment litigation and arbitration matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, leaves of absence, breaches of contract, and wage and hour class actions. He also advises employers on labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and union election proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.  Mirrafati received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles where he served as editor of the UCLA Law Review. He also earned a B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Paul Haswell joins the firm’s International department and Corporate and Commercial practice group in Hong Kong. Haswell was most recently a partner at Pinsent Masons in Hong Kong.  Haswell is a leading technology, media, and telecommunications lawyer with 20 years' experience advising on all aspects of technology contracts and disputes. He is known internationally for his expertise in large-scale telecoms projects and commercial contracts relating to technology, data, outsourcing, supply chain, cryptocurrency, blockchain, and licensing.  Haswell studied Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford and is qualified to practice in the following jurisdictions: Hong Kong, England, and Wales.

  • Meghan Douris and Ashley Sherwood have joined Seyfarth’s Litigation department andConstruction practice group in Seattle. They arrive from the Seattle office of Oles Morrison where they served as Construction partners. Joining Douris and Sherwood in their move to Seyfarth is associate Ryan Gilchrist. Seyfarth announced the formal launch of its Seattle office in 2020, the firm’s first in the Pacific Northwest and fifth on the West Coast. Seyfarth’s Seattle office is currently comprised of 30 lawyers, including 17 partners, from a cross-section of the firm’s nationally ranked departments.  Douris provides legal counsel to general contractors and subcontractors on a range of issues affecting their construction projects. She assists clients through the unique legal complexities in the construction industry, particularly the challenges associated with constructing heavy civil infrastructure and high-rise buildings. Douris also helps organizations understand and secure government contracts in the construction and service industries, including a focus on AbilityOne providers. Notably, she founded Women Leaders in Construction and is a current member. Douris received a J.D. from the Brooklyn Law School where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and earned her B.A. from the College of William and Mary.  Sherwood represents general contractors, subcontractors, and developers of all sizes on complex private and public construction projects at the state, federal, and international level. She advises clients in complex multiparty actions, as well as bringing and defending against impact and inefficiency, delay, indemnity, differing site condition, and other contract-based claims. Sherwood received her J.D. and B.A. from the University of Washington where she served as managing editor of the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board. A past president of CREW Seattle, Sherwood currently serves on its board of directors and has held leadership positions since 2017.  Gilchrist’s practice spans construction, commercial litigation, real estate, and government contracts. He earned both his J.D. and B.A. from the University of Washington.

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