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Littler Mendelson

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Littler Mendelson, P.C.
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California
No. of offices75
No. of attorneysOver 1500 [1]
Major practice areasLabor and employment[2]
RevenueIncrease US$ 427 million (2011)[3]
Date founded1942
Company typeProfessional Corporation
Websitewww.littler.com Edit this at Wikidata

Littler Mendelson P.C. is a U.S.-based law firm that specializes in labor and employment law.[4] They have been widely described as a "union busting" firm.[5][6][7][8][9] The firm has offices in 28 countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Denmark, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Venezuela. [10]

History and practice[edit]

The firm remained local to the Bay Area until the 1990s, when it expanded throughout the U.S. via mergers and acquisitions.[11]

In 2010, the firm announced an international labor and employment law office in Caracas, Venezuela (this office subsequently joined Ius Laboris in 2012).[12] The firm opened two offices in Mexico under the name Littler, De la Vega y Conde, S.C.[13] In October 2013, Littler combined with two Latin American law firms, adding a presence in four additional countries in the Latin American region — Colombia, Costa Rica,[14] El Salvador, and Panama,[15] and creating a new entity named Littler Global.[16] The firm continued expanding through Littler Global, opening offices in Puerto Rico,[17] the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Peru,[18] and Guatemala.

The firm is the largest labor and employment law firm in the US,[19][20][21] and received high rankings[22][23] including diversity,[24] working conditions for women,[25] and innovation.[26]

Littler, described by critics as a union-busting firm, is also the largest union avoidance firm in the US. It has counseled and defended companies including Starbucks, Amazon, Nissan, and Delta Airlines against employees trying to unionize.[27][28][29][30]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ People Archived 2011-11-02 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ About Littler
  3. ^ "The Am Law 100: Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue". Retrieved 2012-08-15.
  4. ^ "About Littler". Littler Mendelson P.C. 2015-03-10. Retrieved 2024-04-03.
  5. ^ Schiffer, Zoë (2022-04-25). "Apple hires anti-union lawyers in escalating union fight". The Verge. Retrieved 2024-05-23.
  6. ^ Wille, Matt (2022-04-27). "Apple enlists union-busting lawyers as more retail locations organize". Input. Retrieved 2024-05-23.
  7. ^ "E&E News: Green groups hired Starbucks' and Amazon's anti-union firm". subscriber.politicopro.com. Retrieved 2024-05-23.
  8. ^ "Littler Mendelson Beefing Up Its Core Competencies". JD Journal. August 23, 2012.
  9. ^ Jordan Furlong (August 5, 2015). "Littler and the Globalization of Canada's Legal Market". Bloomberg BNA. Retrieved 2007-08-18.
  10. ^ "Global Locations". Littler Mendelson P.C. 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2024-04-03.
  11. ^ Eric Young (June 23, 2006). "Littler Mendelson gets bigger, plans 500 lawyers by Labor Day". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved 2007-08-18.
  12. ^ "Ius Laboris Welcomes New Venezuelan Member Firm - Ius Laboris". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  13. ^ "Littler Mendelson Opens in Mexico". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  14. ^ Tom Huddleston, Jr. (October 1, 2013). "Littler Adds Firms in Columbia, Costa Rica". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  15. ^ "Littler Global Gains Ground in Central America". 21 May 2014. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  16. ^ "Littler Mendelson Joins Two Latin American Firms to Become "Littler Global"". October 2013. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  17. ^ Rich Steeves (January 7, 2014). "Labor an Employment Firm Littler Continues Latin America Expansion". Inside Counsel. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  18. ^ Allissa Wickham (October 21, 2014). "Littler Bolsters Latin America Presence With Peru Office". Law 360. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  19. ^ "Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue". The American Lawyer. April 27, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  20. ^ "Law360 Reveals Top 10 Largest Employment Practice Groups". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  21. ^ "Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Law Firms". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  22. ^ "Who's Who Legal 100 Employment and Immigration". Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  23. ^ "Human Rights Campaign Best Places to Work". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  24. ^ "Best Law Firms for Diversity". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  25. ^ "The 2014 Working Mother & Flex-time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women". Working Mother. July 15, 2014. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  26. ^ "Littler Recognized as a Top Law Firm for Innovation by the Financial Times". 11 December 2015. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  27. ^ "Littler Labeled as a Union Busting Firm". Littler. April 27, 2007. Retrieved September 9, 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. ^ Marshall, Jonathan (June 5, 1996). "Law Firm Cashes In By Aiding Employers". SFGate. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
  29. ^ Gurley, Lauren (September 8, 2021). "'It's Almost Comical:' Starbucks Is Blatantly Trying to Crush Its Union". Vice. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
  30. ^ Young, Brian (2022-02-08). "Starbucks Fires Pro-Union Workers". UCCOM Media Group.
  31. ^ "Alan D. Cohn | Homeland Security". www.dhs.gov. Retrieved 2023-01-16.
  32. ^ "Lafsky's Last Laugh: Secret Legal Blogger Says 'I'm Opinionista!'". Observer. 2006-01-23. Retrieved 2023-01-16.
  33. ^ "Attorney Sonja Henning Gives Up Courtroom For Basketball Court". AP NEWS. Retrieved 2023-01-16.
  34. ^ "William J. Emanuel | National Labor Relations Board". www.nlrb.gov. Retrieved 2023-01-16.

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