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Three Partners Join Seyfarth’s Growing Platform on the East Coast

Seyfarth announced today the arrival of three partners to its East Coast presence. In New York, Immigration partner Jacob Cherry joins the firm’s premier Labor & Employment department and Seth Liebenstein joins Seyfarth’s world-class Real Estate team. Christy Kiely joins Seyfarth’s Labor & Employment department and People Analytics practice group in Washington, DC.

“Jacob and Seth are tremendous lawyers who bring excellent client service to their respective practices. We continue to grow our New York office with talent who meet our clients’ needs, be they related to human capital or complex financial transactions,” the co-managing partners of Seyfarth’s New York office, Lorie Almon and John Napoli, said in a joint statement.

Cherry and Liebenstein are the latest additions to Seyfarth’s growing New York office which added 39 attorneys in 2021, including five new partners.

“As demand grows nationwide for people analytics, Christy’s addition makes an immediate impact here in DC and across the country. She is a trusted advisor and leading thought leader in this growing area of labor and employment law,” said Christa Dommers, managing partner of the firm’s Washington, DC office.

Cherry, Liebenstein, and Kiely are the latest partners to join Seyfarth’s global platform. Earlier this year, the firm added Kamran Mirrafati (Labor & Employment – Los Angeles), Paul Haswell (International – Hong Kong), Meghan Douris (Litigation – Seattle), Ashley Sherwood (Litigation – Seattle), and Jamie Rich (Labor & Employment – San Francisco).

About the New Partners:

Jacob Cherry joins Seyfarth from Ogletree Deakins where he was a member of its Immigration practice group in New York. Joining Cherry in his move to the firm is senior counsel Andrea Davis in Charlotte.

Cherry provides comprehensive business immigration and worksite compliance representation to global companies, with a focus on supporting the cross-border movement of employees working in the technology, life sciences, and financial services sectors. He serves as an advisor to clients on the development and execution of strategic and compliant immigration program management.

Cherry earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and his B.A. in International Studies from Emory University.

Davis provides a full menu of sophisticated employment-based immigration services. She regularly counsels employers on immigration compliance, regulation, and leads large client portfolio work. Davis earned a J.D. from the University of North Carolina, a M.A. from San Jose State University, and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Seth Liebenstein joins Seyfarth from Blank Rome where he was a member of its Real Estate team in New York. Liebenstein guides property owners and developers nationwide on financing, acquisitions, and restructuring, among many other complex areas of transactional real estate law. His clients comprise nearly every sector of the commercial real estate industry, including single-family, retail, and condominiums/cooperatives.

Liebenstein earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. from Binghamton University.

Christy Kiely joins Seyfarth from Hunton Andrews Kurth where she was a member of its Labor and Employment team in Richmond, VA. Kiely’s practice focuses on data analytics, including OFCCP audit defense, pay equity analysis, adverse impact analysis, affirmative action compliance, DE&I analysis, and reeducation in force (RIF) analysis. She also defends businesses in employment litigation matters in front of the EEOC and at state and federal courts.

Kiely earned her J.D., with honors, from Duke University School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from The College of William & Mary.

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