HOUSTON, TX (August 12, 2014) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has added A. John Harper III as a shareholder in the firm’s Houston, TX office. Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Harper brings significant labor management relations and employment law experience to the firm. Prior to joining Littler, he was a partner in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone.
“We are excited to welcome John to the firm,” said Houston Office Managing Shareholder G. Mark Jodon. “His strong background representing clients in the area of labor management relations combined with a robust employment law practice make John an excellent addition to Littler. We look forward to tapping into his experience to further expand our capabilities here in Houston and throughout the state of Texas.”
Harper represents employers in all aspects of labor relations, including organizing drives, collective bargaining, interpretation and application of labor agreements and grievance and arbitration proceedings. He also assists clients in transactions involving unionized facilities with respect to the labor aspects of bankruptcy proceedings. Additionally, Harper has litigated unfair labor practice charges on behalf of corporations before the National Labor Relations Board and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as numerous arbitration matters involving neutrality, contract interpretation and discipline and discharge issues.
“Littler is the dominant labor and employment practice and I am delighted to be joining the firm,” added Harper. “Littler’s expanding global reach, collective knowledge base and innovative solutions to the delivery of legal services will enable me to add further value to my client’s business and legal needs.”
Harper’s practice also focuses on defending employers against discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition, he has litigated Employee Retirement Income Security Act denial of benefit and retaliation claims in U. S. district courts and before the Fifth Circuit. He has represented clients on claims under state tort laws, whistleblower laws and in connection with unfair competition issues. Harper has spoken on and written about a wide range of labor and employment issues, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, independent contractors and social media.
Active in a number of other professional organizations, Harper is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation, the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association and the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the Houston Bar Association. He has been recognized as a “Texas Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyers from 2007-2014.
Harper received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, cum laude and his B.A. from Washington and Lee University, cum laude.
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.