Littler Mendelson

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Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Headquarters San Francisco
No. of offices 60
No. of attorneys Approximately 900 [1]
Major practice areas Labor and employment[2]
Revenue Increase US$ 427 million (2011)[3]
Date founded 1942
Company type Professional Corporation

Littler Mendelson P.C. is the largest U.S.-based law firm exclusively devoted to representing management in employment, employee benefits and labor law matters. Established in 1942, the law firm is known as one of the most specialized and powerful law firms in the world in labor & employment, and has the largest practice in this area in the United States, Mexico, and Venezuela.[4] As of 2012, Littler has more than 900 lawyers on staff in 55 offices in major metropolitan areas nationwide and globally.

History and practice[edit]

The firm was founded in 1942 by a deputy California Attorney General and a director of the War Labor Board, initially to represent businesses before the War Labor Board and Salary Stabilization Commission that were threatened with government takeover. The firm grew steadily but remained local to the Bay Area until the 1990s, when it began expanding aggressively throughout the U.S. via mergers and acquisitions of other firms.[5]

In 2010, the firm announced the opening of the its first international labor and employment law office in Caracas, Venezuela (this office subsequently joined Ius Laboris in 2012).[6] In 2011, Littler formed a strategic alliance with TransAsia Lawyers, one of the leading employment law firms in the People’s Republic of China. Littler is affiliated with Littler Mendelson Bacon & Dear (also known as Littler Mendelson Global), an international law firm that also handles immigration matters.


The firm is consistently rated as one of the best labor and employment law firms. The firm is ranked 66th in the 2011 AmLaw 100 survey, and 33rd on the 2012 National Law Journal's top 350 law firms list. It achieved high marks on Chambers USA as one of the Top Labor & Employment Law Firms. The National Law Journal named the firm as #1 in Labor and Employment through a 2009 of survey of Fortune 100 companies. In Who's Who Legal, Littler was named "Leading Law Firm in the World for Management-Side Labor and Employment Work" in 2012. The U.S. News & World Report named Littler as "Law Firm of the Year" in Labor Law - Management for 2011-2012. Employment Law360, the newswire for labor and employment law professionals, named Littler #1 in Employment Litigation, as well as #1 in Wage and Hour Litigation for 2007, and in describing Littler, claimed "the largest law firm in the United States to focus exclusively on labor and employment law has been retained more than any other firm in employment lawsuits in the past year," according to its survey of the 250+ largest U.S. law firms. In 2008, Littler was ranked #1 in labor and employment in a survey of Fortune 100 companies by Corporate Counsel, as well as being ranked #1 as the Top ALM Go-To Law Firm for labor and employment, chosen by Fortune 500 companies. In a survey of Top 100 Most Prestigious Law Firms by Vault, Littler also ranked #1 Best in Labor and Employment and #1 Best in Partner Labor and Employment for 2009.

Littler also received a #1 ranking among the nation's 100 largest Firms in the percentage of women equity partners by American Lawyer, and was named to Working Mother Magazine's 50 Best Law Firms for Women in 2008. Additionally, the firm earned the top rating of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation 2009 Corporate Equality Index and Best Places to Work Survey.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ People
  2. ^ About Littler
  3. ^ "The Am Law 100: Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue". Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  4. ^ JD Journal. August 23, 2012  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Eric Young (June 23, 2006). "Littler Mendelson gets bigger, plans 500 lawyers by Labor Day". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
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  7. ^ "Executive Q&A from Littler Mendelson P.C.". Vault Career Intelligence. 

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