Littler Mendelson, PC.

Main office 650 California Street, 20th Floor | San Francisco | CA | 94108
Phone 415-433-1940 
Fax 415-399-8490 
Year of establishment 1942
Number of offices 56
Largest office San Francisco
Number of attorneys 746
Number of associates 303
Number of partners 428
Partner: associate ratio 1.40
Percent women attorneys 35.50
Percent minority attorneys 16.50
Percent gay attorneys 3.10


Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice with more than 1,000 attorneys in over 60 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for over 70 years. Littler is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms. Littler lawyers practice and have experience in more than 36 areas of employment and labor law. When a company faces a workplace issue, Littler Mendelson is in a position to respond. Littler attorneys are dedicated to incomparable client service. Littler has a Knowledge Management group whose attorneys harness the collective knowledge of the firm and provide that knowledge to clients through tools, products and services that are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week. This allows Littler to provide up-to-the-minute information on changes in the employment law arena and give clients the information and tools they need to respond to those changes. In addition, Littler is consistently recognized in the industry as a leader and innovator in the future of employment law products and services.

Areas of practice

  • Affirmative Action/OFCCP Compliance
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Background Checks
  • Business Restructuring
  • Class Actions
  • Competition and Trade Secret Law
  • Complex Litigation and Jury Trials
  • Corporate Compliance and Ethics
  • Corporate Diversity and Inclusion
  • Digital Workplace
  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • eDiscovery
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment Practices Audits
  • Employment Taxes
  • ERISA and Benefit Plan Litigation
  • Executive Compensation
  • Global Mobility and Immigration
  • Healthcare
  • Higher Education

  • Hiring
  • Performance Management and Termination
  • Hospitality
  • International Employment Law
  • Labor Management Relations
  • Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation
  • Legislative and Regulatory Practice
  • Policies
  • Procedures and Handbooks
  • Retail
  • Staffing and Contingent Workers
  • Training - Compliance
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Transportation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Whistleblowing and Retaliation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Workplace Privacy and Data Security
  • Workplace Safety and Health (OSHA & MSHA)

Notable cases

  • 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

Hiring criteria

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.

  • Y1 $0-$140,000.00


  • 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
  • Wellness program

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.

Pro bono

    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

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