Littler Mendelson Appoints Paul Bateman To Executive Committee To Meet Firm Growth

Largest Employment and Labor Law Firm Welcomes Distinguished Chicago-Based Attorney

San Francisco, CA/ January 8, 2007 -- Littler Mendelson, P.C., the nation's largest employment and labor law firm, today announced the addition of Paul Bateman to its Executive Committee. In response to Littler's unprecedented growth and resulting demand for firm leadership resources, Bateman will join the national management team. He was elected by the firm's Board of Directors in a unanimous decision.

"We are delighted to report Paul's appointment to the Executive Committee; he brings with him a wealth of knowledge in employment law issues as well as tremendous management success as the office managing shareholder in Chicago, the firm's third largest office," said Marko Mrkonich, president of Littler Mendelson. "During the selection process, we were impressed with Paul's strong commitment to and involvement with the firm's Diversity Council and in the growth and development of attorneys in his office and across the firm. In his new role, we are confident that Paul will continue to lead Littler to even greater success and growth on a national scale."

Bateman joined Littler Mendelson in March 2000, and has served as office managing shareholder in Chicago since June 2003. Under his leadership, the Chicago office has experienced solid growth and market recognition over the past three years.

As an active member of Littler's Diversity Council, Bateman hosted the firm's first Bollo, an affinity group meeting for African-American attorneys, and has been a prominent participant in the Council's recruiting, marketing and advertising efforts. Bateman has also been actively involved with United Way for many years and serves on the board of the Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS), a not for profit agency that provides those in need with legal advice in the areas of employment, housing, family and health. He is a 1976 graduate of Illinois State University and received his juris doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1980.

"Littler is a unique law firm comprised of highly talented individuals who value inclusion and teamwork," Bateman said. "I truly enjoy the opportunity to be a contributing member of such a wonderful firm."

Board Member and Chicago Shareholder at Littler Mendelson, John Ybarra, added, "The Chicago office is very proud of Paul's success here. We know that Paul's appointment will add to and further strengthen our already strong management team at the national level of the firm."

About Littler Mendelson

With more than 530 attorneys and 38 offices in major metropolitan areas nationwide, Littler Mendelson is the largest law firm in the United States devoted exclusively to representing management in employment, employee benefits and labor law matters. The firm's client base ranges from Fortune 500 companies to small-business owners. Established in 1942, the firm has litigated, mediated and negotiated some of the most influential cases and labor contracts in the nation's history. For more information, visit