Overview

William J. Emanuel has extensive experience representing employers in traditional labor matters, including:

  • Collective bargaining negotiations
  • Administration of collective bargaining agreements
  • Labor arbitration
  • Union election campaigns
  • Strikes, picket lines and boycotts
  • Corporate campaigns by labor unions
  • Labor injunctions
  • Persuader reporting requirements
  • Public sector labor law
  • Section 301 litigation

He has particular expertise with laws concerning union access to the private property of employers under:

  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • Federal and state constitutional laws
  • State trespass laws and anti-injunction statutes
  • The federal Norris-LaGuardia Act

He also is well-versed in:

  • Laws regulating employment releases
  • Employment arbitration statutes
  • Laws relating to trade secrets and unfair competition
  • Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification statutes

In his counseling practice, Bill emphasizes:

  • Wage and hour advice
  • California Labor Code compliance
  • Executive terminations
  • Non-compete and confidentiality agreements
  • Employment arbitration agreements
  • Alternative workweek agreements
  • Trade secret and unfair competition advice

He also advises employers with regard to business restructuring decisions, including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Workforce reductions
  • Plant closings
  • WARN notices
  • Separation agreements
  • Employment releases
  • Retention agreements
  • The sale of facilities

Bill works with a broad range of clients, including trade associations, hospitals and other health care institutions, school districts, transportation and logistics companies and manufacturing companies.

Bill is a member of Littler Mendelson's Traditional Labor Practice Group and editor of the firm's traditional labor blog, Labor Relations Counsel. He also authored several amicus curiae briefs on behalf of trade associations in cases challenging state laws that allow labor unions to trespass on the private property of employers.

Professional and Community Affiliations

Member

Legal Committee

Employers Group

Former Chair

Legal Committee

Employers Group

Member

Labor Relations Advisory Committee

Former Chairman

Labor Relations Advisory Committee

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Former Chairman

Labor and Employment Law Section

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

State Bar of California

Former Member

Advisory Committee on Agency Procedures

National Labor Relations Board

Former Member

Advisory Committee for the Health Care Industry

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2008-2015

Named, Super Lawyer

Southern California

Super Lawyers

2013

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2012

Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

Publications & Press

Chambers USA Honors Littler And Its Attorneys

Press Release

June 27, 2011

Littler Attorneys Honored by Chambers USA

Press Release

June 21, 2010

Union Wars: SEIU vs. UHW and NUHW

Insights

March 3, 2009

Union Wars: SEIU vs. UHW and NUHW

Insights

March 3, 2009

Union Trespassers Roam California Hospitals: Is a Return to the Rule of Law Possible

Whittier Law Review, Volume 30, No. 4

2009

California Employment Law, a Treatise on Private Sector Employment Law in California

The Developing Labor Law, a Treatise on the National Labor Relations Act

American Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

A Conversation with NLRB Member Brian Hayes

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

Decisions of the National Labor Relations Board

Labor Relations Advisory Committee

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University, 1963
  • A.B., Marquette University, 1960

Bar Admission

California