A ‘quiet pioneer’ in Chicago law dies – Law News


Barbara Lundergan, the first female partner at Seyfarth Shaw and one of the first women to climb to the highest ranks at Chicago’s elite law firms, died earlier this month. She was 78.

Lundergan joined the labor and employment powerhouse in 1964 when it was still known as Seyfarth Shaw Fairweather & Geraldson. A native of Chicago’s North Side, she had graduated first in her class at Loyola University Chicago School of Law but had difficulty finding work. One attorney told her his firm had invited her to interview because the lawyers had been intrigued by her academic achievement, but they weren’t prepared to hire a woman, said her daughter Mary Hahn, a lawyer in Northfield, Minn.

Seyfarth co-founder Ray Geraldson offered a job to the trust and estates attorney, making Lundergan the second female lawyer at the firm. She studied for the bar while in the hospital…



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