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Sean C. Herring


P 312-803-2531 F 312-787-4995


Sean C. Herring


Sean C. Herring is a principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling matters.

Sean defends employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country. He has extensive experience as a litigator representing a wide range of clients, from major corporations, higher education institutions, national hotel chains, banks, and franchise restaurants to small and local businesses, in employment litigation matters, including claims of race, age, religion, national origin, disability and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, and wage and hour violations. His class action, collective action, and multi-plaintiff experience includes suits by both private parties and by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in areas of alleged discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations and hostile work environment claims.

Sean also routinely advises clients on a variety of employment issues, including drafting employment contracts, employee handbooks and personnel policies, and providing counseling on employee leaves of absence. Additionally, he conducts employee training seminars and harassment investigations.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Sean was a litigation associate at a large, national law firm headquartered in Chicago and an extern to the honorable Sidney I. Schenkier, Presiding Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. During law school, he served as managing editor for the Loyola Consumer Law Review. He was also a member of the American Bar Association’s National Moot Court Team.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers Division, Emerging Lawyer (2016-2019)
  • Michigan Super Lawyers®, "Rising Stars" (2009, 2012-2019)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • National Employment Law Council

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, Advisory Committee
  • Former writing tutor for first year law students


  • “The Equal Pay Act of 1963, Where Are We Now?,” Society for Human Resources Management (Chicago, IL, April 2019)

  • “Social Issues Impacting Corporate America: The Role of Human Resources,” National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources (October 2018)

  • “Understanding the Chicago and Cook County Paid Sick Leave Ordinances,” Jackson Lewis Annual Employment Law Symposium (Oak Brook, IL, July 2017) (presenter)

  • “Tips and Best Practices for Complying with Transgender Laws,” National Employment Law Council Annual Conference (Denver, Co, April 2017) (presenter)

  • “The Difficult Employee: Strategies For Discipline And Discharge,” Paylocity Annual Conference (Chicago, IL, October 2016) (presenter)

  • “Employment Law Update – Trending Topics,” Chicago Chamber of Commerce (Chicago, IL, December 2015) (presenter)

  • "Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations," Jackson Lewis Annual Employment Symposium (Oakbrook, IL, June 2013) (presenter)