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About Littler Mendelson P.C.

For over 70 years, San Francisco-based Littler has been a leader in the area of labor and employment law.

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.

With a client base extending across the state of California, the firm added outposts throughout the Golden State-including Fresno, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento. In the 1980s, the firm began its move east, with the opening of an office in Baltimore. The firm now has an astounding 57 offices nationwide, with a presence in all but a handful of states. Littler also has expanded abroad. The firm opened its first international office in Caracas, Venezuela in 2010 and opened two Mexico offices in 2012. In October 2013, Littler combined with Colombian law firm Godoy Córdoba Abogados and Costa Rican law firm BDS Asesores under the name "Littler Global." In December 2013, Littler joined with the leading Puerto Rican law firm Schuster Aguiló. In March 2014, BDS Asesores opened a new office in the Dominican Republic, and in May 2014, expanded into Honduras by combining with ISO-certified Ulloa & Associates. In 2015 Littler continued its global expansion with the addition of an office in Toronto, Canada and four offices in Germany.

The firm's ranks have likewise grown significantly. For its first 30 years, Littler had fewer than 10 attorneys. The firm experienced moderate growth in the 1970s, totaling 50 lawyers by the end of that decade. Since that time, the firm has taken growth to another level: it now boasts more than 1,000 attorneys.

Management Only

Littler exclusively represents management, but its clients come in all sizes and industries, from Fortune 500 corporations to mid-sized companies to small, single-office businesses. Airlines, wineries, nonprofit organizations, newspapers, government agencies, healthcare entities, construction companies, and retail chains are just some of the industries that have called on the firm's services.

With an eye on emerging technology, Littler has also branched out from traditional legal counseling and created the Littler Learning Group to provide compliance training materials. The firm offers numerous manuals, videos and workbooks covering a range of employment law issues, such as whistleblowers, arbitration, litigation landmines, diversity and harassment, workplace violence, and general management issues. Additionally, the firm has developed technology driven platforms to change the delivery of legal services, including the Littler CaseSmart platform, ComplianceHR, LaborSmart, and PolicySmart.  Littler CaseSmart won the College of Law Practice Management's 2012 InnovAction Award and the International Legal Technology Association's Distinguished Peer Award as the 2011 Project of the Year. In 2015 Littler also launched its Big Data Initiative and hired the firm's first National Director of Data Analytics.

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Littler Mendelson P.C.

650 California Street
20th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 433-1940


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Co-Presidents & Co-Managing Directors: Thomas J. Bender and Jeremy A. Roth
  • Senior Director, Attorney Recruiting & Development: Karen Herz
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 1,054

  • Employment Contact
    Margann Bennett Manager, Attorney Recruiting and Development (816) 772-0605

  • Base Salary
    Firm did not disclose salary information

  • Summer Associate Offers
    12 out of 15 (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Employment & Labor Law

Major Office Locations

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Boston, MA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbia, SC
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • Fresno, CA
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Irvine, CA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Lexington, KY
  • Long Island, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA (Century City)
  • Los Angeles, CA (Downtown)
  • Memphis, TN
  • Miami, FL
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Morgantown, WV
  • Nashville, TN
  • New Haven, CT
  • New York, NY
  • Newark, NJ
  • Orlando, FL
  • Overland Park, KS
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Portland, ME
  • Portland, OR
  • Providence, RI
  • Reno, NV
  • Rochester, NY
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Santa Maria, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Tyson’s Corner, VA
  • Walnut Creek, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Bogotá, Colombia
  • Caracas, Venezuela
  • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Lima, Peru
  • Managua, Nicaragua
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Monterrey, Mexico
  • Munich, Germany
  • Panama City, Panama
  • San José, Costa Rica
  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Valencia, Venezuela
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