Littler Mendelson is the largest U.S.-based law firm exclusively devoted to representing management in every aspect of labor and employment law. Since the firm’s inception in 1942, Littler has adhered to and expanded its continuous representation of corporate America, and the global reach those companies have realized, in all areas of employment and labor law. In addition to its strength in the U.S., Littler has increased its presence globally with international locations in Venezuela and Mexico, as well as strong alliances with TransAsia Lawyers and the Ius Laboris network.
Employers are facing a workplace that poses many new risks and challenges due to a surge of regulations and aggressive litigation. As the nation’s largest labor and employment law firm, Littler assists employers with every aspect of workplace litigation—from discrimination and wage and hour disputes to class actions and administrative proceedings—both domestically and globally.
The firm’s lawyers garner significant results on behalf of clients that impact labor and employment law. In fact, in 2010, Littler had the distinction of securing wins in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. The opinions addressed key issues concerning arbitration and the enforceability of labor contracts.
With more than 850 attorneys and 56 locations, the firm helps clients avoid needless legal action, minimizing risk and successfully resolving issues in arbitration and in court. The firm is aware of its clients’ business needs and works diligently to create innovative solutions that accommodate their overall operations.
Because of its exclusive focus on workplace issues, Littler thought leaders have anticipated trends over the years that have helped clients navigate the fluid changes in employment law. The firm continues to issue forecasts on labor and employment trends that will likely impact ensuing decades, and the ability to be in front of these issues contributes to its successful litigation track record.
Since 2004, Littler has defended clients in more than 800 class action-related matters. The firm’s lawyers have represented employers in more than 100 ERISA, discrimination and wage and hour class actions, obtaining favorable rulings in the vast majority. With almost 200 lawyers in this practice group, Littler has a number of nationally-known leaders in statistics, demography and economics—key areas of class actions. The firm has won significant federal cases affecting employers, including a 2009 Ninth Circuit ruling on class certification.
Littler has one of the largest and most experienced group of lawyers in wage and hour disputes, one of the most common claims facing employers today. With the increased number of complaints, the firm’s wage and hour lawyers help employers recognize violations and limit liability in the face of millions of dollars in settlements and penalties. Littler lawyers have also represented numerous clients facing investigations by various government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor and state labor departments. Over the years, the firm has successfully negotiated resolutions that have saved its clients millions of dollars.