650 California Street, 20th Floor | San Francisco | CA | 94108
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Founded in 1942, Littler Mendelson PC over its 70 years of existence has grown to be ranked the largest US firm, devoted solely to representing management in employment, employee benefits and labor law matters. It has earned for itself a special niche in labor & employment and is amongst the world’s most specialized and authoritative law firms.
The firm has more than 750 lawyers spread across 56 offices within the country and overseas. Littler is the only U.S. law firm admitted in Ius Laboris, an international consortium of leading employment and human resources practitioners, which has member law firms in 45 countries serving the employment needs of businesses in more than 100 nations.
Littler Mendelson has always had, and continues to have, the necessary legal resources, wherever they are needed, to provide world class employment and labor law representation for its clients.
The firm was founded in 1942 by Robert Littler and Thomas Coakley, the former then the Pacific Coast Director of the War Labor Board and the latter then California Deputy Attorney General. Two years later Arthur Mendelson joined the firm.
The firm was commenced with the intent to represent businesses which the government was threatening to takeover. The firm represented them before the War Labor Board and Salary Stabilization Commission.
In its first fifty years of existence the firm grew steadily, after which it began to expand aggressively throughout the US through mergers and acquisitions of other firms. Littler represented companies in a wide variety of industries, including, notably, numerous trucking companies nationwide, spawning many landmark cases.
With the passage of civil rights and other employment legislation, many of the firm’s attorneys successfully represented and defended employers in civil rights, wrongful termination, workplace safety and employee benefits disputes all that in addition to its continued representation of clients in traditional labor law matters.
Globalization of the world’s economy and the growth of multi-national labor and employment law needs resulted in the firm’s expansion overseas. In 2010, the firm opened its first international labor and employment law office in Caracas, Venezuela. The firms Caracas office serves the firm’s clients in areas of cross-border employment issues, labor matters, dispute resolution and litigation throughout Central and South America.
Through their alliance with Employment Law Learning Technologies (ELT) the firm provides employers with effective training on how to manage their most important workplace compliance challenges, including training in sexual harassment, union awareness, ethics, code of conduct, EEOC and wage and hour.
Today, with over 55 offices in major metropolitan areas nationwide and globally, more than 900 Littler attorneys provide the firm’s clients with representation and daily advice concerning dozens of different areas of labor.
Areas of practice
Affirmative Action/OFCCP Compliance
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Competition and Trade Secret Law
Complex Litigation and Jury Trials
Corporate Compliance and Ethics
Corporate Diversity and Inclusion
Discrimination and Harassment
Employment Practices Audits
ERISA and Benefit Plan Litigation
Global Mobility and Immigration
Performance Management and Termination
International Employment Law
Labor Management Relations
Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation
Legislative and Regulatory Practice
Procedures and Handbooks
Staffing and Contingent Workers
Training - Compliance
Wage and Hour
Whistleblowing and Retaliation
Workplace Privacy and Data Security
Workplace Safety and Health (OSHA & MSHA)
Throughout its history, the firm has handled many significant, high-profile matters for its clients. Some of the more recent significant cases include:
Littler Mendelson's James T. Winkler served as lead counsel in a construction industry labor case before the United States Supreme Court. He also litigated a landmark "salting" case before the National Labor Relations Board and also got the National Labor Relations Board to strengthen its remedies against union picket line misconduct.
Littler's Kimberly R. Miers successfully defeated a plaintiff's motion for conditional class certification in a nationwide wage and hour class action lawsuit; defended a wage and hour class action lawsuit brought by truck drivers in which she also defeated class certification, obtained summary judgment based on the Federal Motor Carrier Act exemption and prevailed on appeal.
Littler's Laura Lindner has served as lead counsel in class and collective actions and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pattern and practice suits. Some of her notable litigation successes have included the defense of FMLA interference and retaliation cases, age and gender discrimination claims, including class action claims, and sexual harassment and battery claims.
Littler attorneys successfully convinced the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm decertification of an FLSA collective action against Baptist Memorial Hospital, a large Tennessee hospital system. Frye v. Baptist Memorial Hospital, the plaintiff brought a collective action, claiming that the hospitals' policy of automatically deducting pay for employee lunch breaks violated the FLSA's requirement to pay employees for all the time worked.
Awards and recognitions
Littler Mendelson is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide. Some of its recent accolades are as under:
The US News and Best Lawyers named Littler as "Law Firm of The Year" in Labor Law-Management for the year 2011-12
Fortune 500 companies chose the firm as the TOP ALM Go-To Law Firm for Labor and Employment for the year 2012.
Who's Who Legal named "Leading Law Firm in the World for Management-Side Labor and Employment Work", 2012. It also recognized 26 attorneys recognized in the International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers list for superb client service and employment expertise.
59 attorneys listed in the Chambers USA 2012 directory and guide and ranked nationally as one of the Top Labor & Employment Law Firms.
Littler ranked no 2 in 2013 Vault guide to the top 100 law firms for Labor and Employment.
Littler earned 100% Corporate Equality Index rating from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2012 Best Places to Work Survey
Certified as a "Gold Standard Firm" from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, 2012 and 2011
The firm looks for the best and the brightest to join their ever-expanding team. The firm says that it specifically looks for people who are desirous of making their mark in the practice of labor and employment law.
The firm is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant in any manner whatsoever.
Interested candidates should apply online with a completed application form, current resume, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and other graduate program transcript and a writing script.
The firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion percolates from the top and permeates every level of the firm. The firm follows diversity with intent and commitment, so much so that they live and breathe it. The firm says that it is committed to enhancing efforts both inside and outside the firm.
Established in 2003, the Diversity & Inclusion Council is responsible for creating, implementing and reviewing firmwide diversity and inclusion strategies. The firm's council is comprised of more than 20 lawyers and professional staff, who not only represent the diversity of employees at Littler, but who also ensure that everyone has a voice in the process.
The firm allows non-billable time for relevant events to its lawyers and staff and also provides them with financial support to enable them to take part in diversity initiatives. Through its Women's Leadership initiative the firm focuses on developing and retaining women leaders because it considers it an imperative to have women leaders at every level of the firm. The firm was named to Working Mother magazine's 50 Best Law Firms for Women in 2008, 2009 and 2011
Summer associate program
The firm attached a lot of importance to its Summer Program and sees in the summer associates prospective full-time workers for the firm. They foresee the summer program as a primary source of recruiting full-time entry-level associates.
Littler gives its Summer Associates a broad idea of what it would be like to work at the firm by giving them meaningful work assignments and plenty of opportunities to interact with its attorneys, with the goal of exposing the summer associates to as many as many areas of the firm's practice as possible, that include attending arbitrations, negotiations, mediations, depositions, hearings and client interviews.
Constructive and valuable feedback is provided to the summer associates on the work done and coordinators carefully monitor assignments to ensure that each participant receives sufficient training and development, as well as a broad range of work experience. Summer associates at Littler are evaluated on writing and research skills, analytic ability, efficiency, enthusiasm and more.
The program also includes a number of social activities to provide the associates with the opportunity to interact socially with one another and other members of the firm.
Salary & benefits
The firm offers a generous compensation and benefits packages. The firm's salaries and discretionary bonuses are highly competitive. The firm also has performance bonuses beginning in the second year. In addition, associates may also receive a bonus for clients they bring to the firm.
Back-Up Child and Elder Care (in-home and center-based care)
Comprehensive health, dental, and vision plan for you and your dependents
Domestic partner benefits
Employee referral bonus program
Flexible Spending Accounts
Life, disability and long-term disability insurance
Paid medical time off
Parental leave program
Personal leave of absence (non-medical)
Pre-tax commuter programs
Reduced hours schedule
Benefits Package: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plan for employee and his/her dependents (subject to modest co-payment); health advocate program; employee assistance program; long-term disability; life insurance; flexible spending accounts for health care expenses and/or dependent care; commuter benefits; retirement plan; long term care insurance; back-up daycare; pet insurance; private banking; auto and home insurance; estate planning for children with special needs; credit union; bar membership fees and dues; malpractice insurance coverage. *Paid disability/childbirth for up to 12 weeks; paid parental leave for up to 4 weeks.
Working for the Littler Mendelson, PC.
Candidates seeking to work at Littler can look forward to working in a world class firm that cultivates their professional and personal goals and provides them with a competitive benefits and compensation package, enabling them to work efficiently with the use of their sophisticated technological infrastructure and a firm that fosters a supportive, diverse, and inclusive working environment.
Moreover, Littler has been recognized in the marketplace as being a leading firm in labor and employment law. Its lawyers are consistently honored for their achievements regionally and nationally, and have received accolades for their impactful diversity and inclusion program.
Littler Mendelson says that it deeply values and respects the pro-bono efforts of its lawyers and staff and says that they are committed to provide legal assistance to those who need it but cannot afford it.
The firm encourages each of its attorneys to perform a minimum of 25 hours of pro bono work every year and even encourages them to go beyond the stipulated hours. The firm provides attorneys with fifty percent billable hour's credit for the first 100 pro bono hours worked. So, for example, an attorney who works 100 hours on pro bono matters would receive 50 hours of billable credit.
The firm provides pro bono work in a number of areas, especially providing legal services for employment issues for non-profit community organizations, such as organizations involved in providing services or assistance to the poor, minorities, youth or the elderly.
The many hours of service Littler attorneys have provided to various charitable and legal organizations have not gone unappreciated. They have received a number of awards, prime amongst them being, Pro Bono Service Attorney Award from the New York State Bar, New York Women's State Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award, Goldenberg Wall of Honor Award presented by the Life Skills Foundation and the Award of Merit from the Bar Association of San Francisco
Labor and Employment Associate
The candidate should have 3-6 years of labor and employment law experience. Must be licensed to practice law in the state of California. Should possess excellent academic credentials and experience should include significant litigation experience.
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