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April 23, 2013

Littler Attracts Nationally-Recognized Attorney Don Prophete in Kansas City and a Team of Lawyers Across the Firm's US Offices

Littler Continues to Bolster its National Platform with the Addition of Strategic Lateral Hires

KANSAS CITY, MO (April 23, 2013) – Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Littler), the world’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management, today announced the addition of seven attorneys across multiple offices throughout the U.S., led by renowned labor and employment practitioner Don Prophete, who will be a shareholder in the firm’s Kansas City office. The group joins Littler from Ogletree Deakins, where Prophete was formerly vice president of the firm and founding partner of its Kansas City office.

Prophete is joining with six other shareholders in Littler’s Boston, Denver, Kansas City, New York and St. Louis offices. The group includes the following:

  • Damon Hart – Boston
  • Irene Gallagher – Denver
  • Nikki Hininger Howell – Kansas City
  • Nicholas James Walker – Kansas City
  • Anjanette Cabrera – New York
  • Robert Ortbals, Jr. – St. Louis

Prophete and his team follow two high profile additions of Maurice Baskin in Littler’s Washington, D.C. office and Jeffrey Mintz in the firm’s Atlanta office, who both joined Littler in April.

 “Littler is in a unique position with its vast geographic reach and deep resources to attract high quality, sizeable lateral groups as part of its growth strategy,” said Thomas Bender, co-president and managing director of Littler. “This is a win-win move, with Don bringing an impressive team and client roster to Littler.” 

Prophete focuses his practice on employment litigation, having tried more than 20 cases over the course of his career. He also provides high-level employment counseling to C-suite executives at multinational companies spanning several industries, including retail, hospitality, investment banking, insurance and electric utilities, among others. 

 “These latest additions are yet another validation of the talented attorneys finding Littler to be an attractive destination for their practices, where they can leverage our vast internal resources and firm-wide subject matter experts to serve clients effectively and efficiently,” added Jeremy Roth, co-president and managing director.

While at Ogletree Deakins, Prophete served two, three-year board terms and was vice president during his second third-year term. He sat on the five-member board of directors that drove the firm’s business decisions and was the head of the firm’s diversity committee in 2006 and 2007. Prophete also played an integral role in recruiting many of the firm’s minority lawyers.

“There was no question in my mind that joining Littler was the right career move,” Prophete said. “With an excellent reputation as an innovative, knowledge and employment litigation powerhouse, we will be able to draw on the strength of Littler’s global expertise and impressive resources to provide high level counsel to our clients as they deal with emerging issues.”

“The labor and employment market for talent is extremely competitive and we are thrilled to have such an impressive group of attorneys join the firm led by one of the country’s top labor and employment lawyers, Don Prophete,” said Daniel Boatright, office managing shareholder of the firm’s Kansas City office. “The Kansas City market is growing along with Littler and adding an attorney of Don’s stellar reputation supported by a solid team adds bench strength to our already solid market position.”

About Littler Mendelson

Littler Mendelson is the world’s largest labor and employment law firm exclusively devoted to representing management.  With over 970 attorneys and 57 offices throughout the U.S. and globally, Littler has extensive resources to address the needs of U.S.-based and multi-national clients from navigating domestic and international employment laws and labor relations issues to applying corporate policies worldwide. Established in 1942, the firm has litigated, mediated and negotiated some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record.