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Littler Mendelson P.C

About Littler Mendelson P.C

We realize that in-house counsel, HR professionals and corporate executives do not just manage legal work; they are expected to be business partners and contribute to the organization’s overall success. This means you need us to do more than just great legal work. You need us to be your strategic partners, as well as legal counselors who understand your industry and your business. Our lawyers need to help your organization make money, save money and present you with ideas to help you reduce cost, manage risk and succeed in your professional role.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1942 Number of Partners 428
Number of offices 56 Partner:associate ratio 1.40
Biggest office San Francisco Percentage of women attorneys 35.50
Number of attorneys 746 Percentage of minority attorneys 16.50
Number of associates 303 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 3.10
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.
Area of practice

Littler Mendelson P.C practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Affirmative Action/OFCCP Compliance
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Background Checks
  • Business Restructuring
  • Class Actions
  • Construction
  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Diversity and Inclusion Client Services
  • eDiscovery
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment Practices Audits
  • Employment Taxes
  • ERISA and Benefit Plan Litigation
  • Ethics Compliance and Investigations
  • Executive Compensation
  • Food and Beverage
  • Global Mobility and Immigration
  • Government Contractors
  • Healthcare
  • Higher Education
  • Hiring Performance Management and Termination
  • International Employment Law
  • Labor Management Relations
  • Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation
  • Legislative and Regulatory Practice
  • Litigation and Trials
  • Policies Procedures and Handbooks
  • Retail
  • Robotics Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation
  • Staffing and Contingent Workers
  • Training - Compliance Ethics Leadership
  • Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
  • Wage and Hour
  • Whistleblowing and Retaliation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Workplace Privacy and Data Security
  • Workplace Safety and Health (OSHA & MSHA).
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'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.

Working for the Littler Mendelson P.C

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.

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Littler Mendelson P.C LOCATIONS


Littler Mendelson P.C Headquarters

650 California Street ,
20th Floor
San Francisco, CA


Littler Mendelson P.C Office

1100 Superior Avenue ,
20th Floor
Cleveland, OH

216-696-7600 phone
216-696-2038 fax


Littler Mendelson P.C Office

625 Liberty Avenue ,
26th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA

412-201-7600 phone
412-456-2377 fax


Littler Mendelson P.C Office

1255 Treat Boulevard ,
Suite 600
Walnut Creek, CA

925-932-2468 phone
925-946-9809 fax


Littler Mendelson P.C Office

321 North Clark Street ,
Suite 1000
Chicago, IL

312-372-5520 phone
312-372-7880 fax

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