ATLANTA, GA (August 20, 2015) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, continues the expansion of its Atlanta office with the arrival of Leslie A. Dent, who was chair of Paul Hastings’ Atlanta employment law practice for the past decade. She joins as a shareholder and is the latest addition to the office since a team of four lateral attorneys joined in January. With Dent’s arrival, the Atlanta office now boasts a total of 40 attorneys.
“Lateral recruiting is a key element of our growth strategy here in Atlanta,” said Office Managing Shareholder L. Traywick Duffie. “Leslie is a top talent in the industry, with great experience in employment discrimination and wage and hour litigation and superior trial and class action defense skills. Her presence, combined with the addition of our recent lateral hires, shows that we are continuing to enhance our team of world-class attorneys while furthering our position as the leading labor and employment law firm in the region, nationally and globally.”
Dent is an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully tried 25 cases. She has substantial experience litigating class and collective actions as well as individual discrimination cases. She has represented employers in a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, health care technology, retail, airline, restaurant, banking and manufacturing. Most recently, she was co-counsel in defending and winning a rare three-week wage and hour class action jury trial in federal court for a Fortune 50 company.
“I’m thrilled to join Littler and its growing Atlanta team,” Dent said. “I have long admired Littler’s strong client service orientation and its cost-effective approach to delivering legal services. Littler’s global platform and deep bench of legal talent, locally and firmwide, will allow me to provide exceptional service to my clients.”
Dent is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and she has been recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers in Georgia for her employment litigation skills. Since 1996, she has been recognized repeatedly as one of the top fifty women lawyers in Georgia. Dent received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and her B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
Littler’s Atlanta office is home to a talented and diverse group of attorneys with wide-ranging experience in labor and employment law issues. Named 2014 Litigation Department of the Year for Labor & Employment by the Fulton County Daily Report, the Atlanta office provides innovative and proactive counsel to clients on all types of employment-related litigation. The firm’s strong and significant presence in the Atlanta market has attracted a number of high-profile attorneys and is bolstered by several with national leadership positions, including Lisa "Lee" Schreter, chair of Littler's Board of Directors and co-chair of the Wage and Hour practice, who was also named to The National Law Journal’s “Most Influential Women” list, and Dionysia Johnson-Massie, co-chair of Littler’s Diversity & Inclusion Council and a former member of the Board of Directors.
Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,000 attorneys in over 60 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for over 70 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms.