For over 70 years, Littler has been a leader in the area of
labor and employment law on a national, and recently, international
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
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
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, four offices in
Germany, and an office in Managua, Nicaragua, thus rounding out its
Central American regionalization process with a presence now in
virtually every Central American country.
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.
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
Littler truly shines with its labor and employment practice, and
is constantly recognized for it. In 2016, U.S.
News-BestLawyers ranked Littler's employment, labor, and
litigation practices as tier 1, named Littler "Law Firm of the
Year" in litigation, following a year of winning the same title for
its labor law practice. Chambers Global recognized Littler
as a Leading Firm in 2016, a new title that followed eleven
consecutive years of rankings by Chambers USA as
"America's Leading Lawyers for Business."
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, Littler
X-celerator 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. Last year Littler launched its Big Data Initiative, hired the
firm's first National Director of Data Analytics and garnered a
number of accolades by Financial Times "North America Innovative
Lawyers" report, winning the overall compliance and technology
category for its joint venture ComplianceHR. The firm also earned a
"Client Service Innovator of the Year" in 2016 from LegalTech
News and The Recorder.
IN THE NEWS
Just Keeps on Winning
Littler lands on the American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecared and
received the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) "Gold Standard
Certification" for its sixth consecutive year for the firm's
commitment to inclusion and diversity. The firm also earned a
perfect score of 100 percent in the Human Rights Campaign
Foundation's Corporate Equality Index, having earned top marks in
the annual study for the eighth consecutive year.
Freeing the Fee
Littler received back-to-back recognition by prominent industry
publications for its commitment to innovative approaches that solve
client problems, enhance quality and reduce costs. The firm earned
a "Client Service Innovator of the Year" accolade in Legaltech
News and The Recorder's joint Innovation Awards, and
was also deemed one of the 22 law firms best at alternative fee
arrangements (AFAs) by BTI Consulting Group. Legaltech
News and The Recorder recognized Littler based on
three new initiatives the firm added to its suite of service
solutions in 2015: the Littler Big Data Initiative, ComplianceHR
and Littler X-celerator. The firm was also recognized by BTI
Consulting Group for its aptitude in developing and implementing
alternative fee arrangements.
Following the Rules
Approaching the highly anticipated exemption overtime
regulations, Littler launched a compliance solution for employers
to ensure they adhere to the new rules. The Littler Xmpt Toolkit
provides free online access to information that help employers
understand these changes by comparing the old and new regulations
side by side, and offers a web-based cost estimator to assess the
potential costs of reclassification.
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In October Littler Global entered Europe with expansion into
Germany, adding leading labor and employment law boutique vangard
to its global platform. The combination closely followed the
opening of Littler's first Canadian office in Toronto in August.
Global expansion has rapidly progressed in recent years through a
strategy that includes combining with leading firms in important
Doubling the Data Analysis
Littler hired its first National Director of Data Analytics, Dr.
Zev Eigen, who is based in the Los Angeles office. His arrival
coincided with the launch of Littler's Big Data Initiative, which
provides clients with Big Data strategies and analytics resources
designed to benchmark and analyze HR and litigation strategies.
Eigen's enhances and expands the firm's Big Data capabilities by
assisting clients in developing and implementing legally-compliant
data analytic approaches and in analyzing case-filings, staffing,
duration, costs and identifying successful and unsuccessful
litigation strategies; providing substantive analysis of Littler
data and statistical issues that arise in Littler's representation
of clients; and working with companies and providers developing
data analytic strategies and services focused on the HR and
employment law fields.
Expanding Along the Equator
Littler Global and Member BDS Asesores established a new office
in Managua, Nicaragua. The new office officially concluded Littler
Global's Central American regionalization process, which began in
El Salvador in 2012. Littler Global is also represented in
Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Repbulic, Guatemala, Honduras,
Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.