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November 8, 2012

Littler Named "Law Firm of the Year" in Labor Law - Management by U.S. News and Best Lawyers for Second Consecutive Year

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 8, 2012) - Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Littler), the world’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management, has been named the “Law Firm of the Year” in Labor Law – Management from U.S. News and Best Lawyers for the second consecutive year. Only one law firm in each of 80 national practice areas received the prestigious distinction. Additionally, the firm received Tier 1 national and metropolitan area rankings in the Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management and Litigation - Labor & Employment categories.

“We are honored to once again be recognized as the Labor Law – Management Law Firm of the Year,” said Marko Mrkonich, president and managing director of Littler. “We are dedicated to providing the best in labor and employment representation and incomparable client service, and the fact that this accolade was bestowed on the firm by our clients and industry peers makes this recognition especially meaningful.”

Law firms receiving the Law Firm of the Year designation displayed an impressive overall performance in Best Lawyers’ research of a given practice area. The rankings, presented in tiers, are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers as part of the annual peer review assessment.

“The ‘Best Law Firms’ rankings are now in their third year, and the reaction to the rankings from the legal profession and from legal clients continues to be very gratifying,” says Steven Naifeh, president of Best Lawyers. “Because we combine hard data with peer reviews and client assessments, more and more clients inform us that ours are the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed.”

The rankings showcase more than 10,000 law firms ranked nationally or by metropolitan region. Firms were ranked nationally in one or more of the 80 legal practice areas and by metro or state in 118 practice areas.

The national first-tier rankings will be featured in U.S. News & World Report’s Money issue, on newsstands November 20, 2012. The national and metropolitan first-tier rankings are featured in the Best Law Firms standalone publication, which is being distributed to more than 30,000 general counsel and in digital format to more than 60,000 private practice lawyers worldwide. The rankings may be viewed in entirety at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

The mission of Best Law Firms is to help guide referring lawyers and clients—from the country’s largest companies requiring corporate legal advice to individuals seeking counsel regarding personal legal issues.

About the U.S. News Media Group

The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the monthly U.S. News & World Report magazine, the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Money & Business, Education, and Public Service/Opinion, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group’s signature franchises include its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans and more.

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For over thirty years, the company has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. The 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America includes 41,284 lawyers covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is based on more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Best Lawyers also publishes peer-reviewed listings of lawyers in nearly 70 other countries, covering many of the world’s major legal markets. Best Lawyers lists are excerpted in a wide range of general interest, business and legal publications worldwide, reaching an audience of more than 17 million readers.

About Littler Mendelson

Littler Mendelson is the world’s largest labor and employment firm exclusively devoted to representing management.  With over 950 attorneys and 56 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.