Littler Mendelson P.C. at a Glance


  • “Prestigious employment cases”
  • “Easy access to shareholders and significant responsibility early on”
  • “Hires smart, innovative, and dedicated people”


  • “Hours-to-compensation ratio”
  • “Cheap with perks”
  • “Elevation to partner is not a transparent process”

The Buzz

  • “Major employment law specialists”
  • “Great for FLSA defense”
  • “Large footprint”

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 53 offices nationwide, with a presence in all but a handful of states. Littler also has begun looking abroad. The firm opened its first international office in Caracas, Venezuela in 2010, and in 2011, it entered into a strategic alliance with TransAsia Lawyers to begin providing employment law services within China. In 2012, Littler continued its international expansion with the opening of two Mexico offices located in Mexico City and Monterrey. 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. 

The firm's ranks have likewise grown significantly. For some 30 years, Littler numbered fewer than 10 lawyers. The firm experienced moderate growth by the end of the 1970s, with a total of 50 attorneys. Since that time, the firm has taken growth to another level: it now boasts nearly 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.

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Littler Mendelson P.C.

650 California Street
20th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108-2693
Phone: (415) 433-1940
Fax: (415) 399-8490


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Co-Managing Directors: Thomas J. Bender and Jeremy A. Roth
  • Senior Director, Attorney Recruiting & Development: Karen Herz
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 966

  • Employment Contact
    Michele LeSieur
    Manager, Attorney Recruiting and Development
    Phone: (415) 433-1940

  • Base Salary
    Firm did not disclose salary information

  • Summer Associate Offers
    10 out of 14 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Employment & Labor Law

Major Office Locations

  • Birmingham, AL
  • Mobile, AL
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Santa Maria, CA
  • Fresno, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Walnut Creek, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Orange County, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • New Haven, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Orlando, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Overland Park, KS
  • Lexington, KY
  • Boston, MA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Saint Louis, MO
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Reno, NV
  • Newark, NJ
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • New York, NY
  • Melville, NY
  • Rochester, NY
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Columbus, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Portland, OR
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Providence, RI
  • Columbia, SC
  • Nashville, TN
  • Memphis, TN
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Mclean, VA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Morgantown, WV
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • China
  • Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • San Salvador, El Salvador
  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Monterrey, Mexico
  • Panama City, Panama
  • Caracas, Venezuela
  • Valencia, Venezuela
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