2021 Vault Rankings
- Vault Law 100#100
At a Glance
“My work is interesting, and I work with people I really like.”
“Lack of transparency.”
About Littler Mendelson P.C.
For more than 75 years, Littler has been a leader in the area of labor and employment law on a national and—recently—international scale. With 58 offices nationwide and 36 abroad, the firm’s massive footprint is a recent development—the firm expanded modestly through the 20th century, and now boasts more than 1,500 attorneys.
Bay Area Beginnings
Littler was founded in 1942 in San Francisco by two lawyers with public service backgrounds. Robert Littler had been the Pacific Coast Director of the War Labor Board, and Thomas Coakley was a deputy attorney general for the State of California. During the 1940s, a substantial part of the firm’s practice involved war-related matters on behalf of employers before the War Labor Board and the Salary Stabilization Commission. Over the next two decades, with the growth of Northern California businesses, increasing unionization, and the passage of civil rights legislation, the firm developed a reputation for aggressive representation of management interests in a broad range of matters, from traditional labor work to the expanding field of employment law.
Littler truly shines with its labor and employment practice and is constantly recognized for it by many legal publications. It’s no surprise the firm is No. 1 in Vault’s Labor & Employment ranking.
Littler exclusively represents management, but its clients come in all sizes and industries, from Fortune 500 corporations to small, single-office businesses. Airlines, wineries, nonprofit organizations, newspapers, government agencies, health care entities, construction companies, and retail chains are just some of the industries that have called on the firm’s services. Some prominent clients include Volkswagen, Wells Fargo, Cesar Entertainment, In-N-Out Burger, and Uber. The firm also frequently conducts independent investigations into tough employment situations.
Lawyers On Demand
With an eye on emerging technology, Littler has also branched out from traditional legal counseling to develop various client-facing programs. These include Littler Learning Group (which provides compliance training materials), the Littler CaseSmart platform, Littler X-celerator ComplianceHR, LaborSmart, and PolicySmart. In May 2019, the firm released an app called Littler OnDemand. It combines attorney responses to specific, previously asked questions and live attorneys ready to address more sophisticated issues. The “on demand” position is meant to provide attorneys with an alternative career path to the traditional associate ladder, by working a set shift, rather than focusing on billable hours. In response to the pandemic this year, Littler created the COVID-19 Task Force, which utilizes the firm’s Littler OnDemand platform to help the firm field the high volume of inquiries from clients regarding the myriad of issues associated with the virus.
News & Awards
Over the past year, Littler has continued to grow its global presence with the addition of offices in Austria, Poland and Singapore. These additions are part of Littler’s global expansion strategy that includes combining with the top firms focused on labor and employment law in significant international markets.
Additionally, Littler has earned several notable awards for its advanced diversity initiatives and inclusive culture. In addition to those listed above, the firm was certified as a "Gold Standard Firm" by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum for the tenth consecutive year and was ranked as a top law firm by Working Mother magazine.
Littler elected Shareholder Erin Webber as the firm’s next managing director and president. Webber will serve an eight-year term effective January 2021, succeeding current co-presidents and co-managing directors Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth.
Littler recognized the winner of inaugural Wesley J. Fastiff Ingenuity Award—named after one of the firm’s pioneering founders and designed to inspire innovation and ingenuity throughout the firm. The winning team developed a concept for an internal technology application called Littler RISE, which will utilize a mobile phone app and dashboard to tackle issues related to the retention and advancement of diverse lawyers.
Littler was recognized in the Financial Times 2019 North America Innovative Lawyers Report. The firm earned recognition in multiple categories and received the top ranking for innovation in the “Technology and Data” category for its suite of service solutions that provide data-driven insights at each stage of the legal process.
- Ranked National Tier 1 (Labor and Employment Law – Management), 2020 – U.S. News and Best Lawyers®
- Named to Diversity Scorecard, 2020 – American Lawyer
- Mansfield Certification Plus Law Firm, 2020 – Diversity Lab
- Earned 100% Corporate Equality Index rating, 2020 – Human Rights Campaign’s Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality
- Top Firm for Flexible Work Options, 2020 – Yale Law Women
333 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 433-1940
Co-Presidents & Co-Managing Directors: Thomas J. Bender and Jeremy A. Roth
Senior Director, Attorney Recruiting & Development: Karen Herz
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
1.5K - 2K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Salary not disclosed.
Senior Manager, Attorney Recruiting and Development
No. of U.S. Offices: 58
No. of International Offices: 36
Global Services Center (Kansas City)
Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas, NV
Long Island, NY
Los Angeles, CA (Century City)
Los Angeles, CA (Downtown)
New Haven, CT
New York, NY
Overland Park, KS
Salt Lake City, UT
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Santa Maria, CA
St. Louis, MO
Tyson’s Corner, VA
Walnut Creek, CA
+ 36 International Offices
Labor & Employment