Rebecca Pratt DeGroff is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department in Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Chicago office. Ms. DeGroff chairs the firm's innovative Administrative Charge Team and is a leader within the firm's national Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group.
Ms. DeGroff directs Seyfarth Shaw's Administrative Charge Team, a national group of attorneys and non-attorney professionals who specialize in responding to administrative charges filed in forums across the country. This elite and first of its kind team partners with our clients to investigate a wide range of legal theories in a broad range of industries and jurisdictions, with exceptional results. Faced with an increasingly aggressive governmental agenda, Ms. DeGroff and her team have developed innovative strategies for addressing wide-ranging governmental requests for information and increasingly sophisticated agency tactics. Seyfarth has been praised by the Association of Corporate Counsel as being "five years ahead of every other AmLaw 200 firm” due in part to its commitment to delivering legal services in new ways, with an emphasis on value and continuous improvement.
Relatedly, Ms. DeGroff devotes a significant portion of her practice to litigating against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), both at the early charge stage and in large-scale EEOC pattern-and-practice litigation. Ms. DeGroff has handled complex regional and national EEOC investigations, which typically result in no action being taken against our clients. When the EEOC has resorted to litigation, Ms. DeGroff has been instrumental in defending our clients against these high-profile, systemic cases to achieve efficient and effective case resolution.
Ms. DeGroff also represents employers across the country in court litigation and administrative matters arising under federal and state wage and hour laws. She frequently conducts exempt status and pay practice audits and provides related counseling, training, and change management assistance to our clients.
Ms. DeGroff frequently speaks at seminars and conferences on all human resources issues. Ms. DeGroff authored the Illinois Employer's Guide to Wage and Hour Laws, published by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce (2011). Ms. DeGroff also contributes to publications such as the Fair Labor Standards Act: Cumulative Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (2006-2010) and is a member of the ABA Fair Labor Standards Legislative Committee. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. DeGroff served as a law clerk to the Honorable Garland E. Burrell in the United States District Court, Eastern District of California.
- J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law (2001)
- B.A., University of California, Berkeley (1994)
- California (inactive)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan