Thelma Akpan represents employers in both state and federal court in various aspects of employment law, including pay equity, internal investigations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract and defamation claims, including counseling and alternative dispute resolution. Thelma has successfully litigated cases from inception through summary judgment, as well as through arbitration.

Thelma is a member of Littler’s Pay Equity Core and Assessment Groups, where she advises employers on federal, state and city issues related to pay equity, as well as conducting privileged Pay Equity Assessment for domestic and multinational companies, using Littler’s Pay Equity Assessment™ for employers. Thelma also provides training sessions to employers and trade groups regarding pay equity wage and hour considerations.

Before joining Littler, Thelma was a litigation associate at a national law firm with an emphasis on labor and employment, products liability, premises liability and complex commercial litigation. During law school, she was the notes and executive editor of the Connecticut Journal of International Law, and an extern at the National Labor Relations Board, Region 34.

*Not licensed to practice law in Singapore or appear in local courts. Littler partners with local firms to service clients on matters related to Singapore law.

News, Analysis & Press

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Human Resources Director Asia

October 5, 2023

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SHRM Online

July 20, 2023

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April 29, 2022

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August 17, 2021

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Hotel Management

June 28, 2020

Speaking Engagements

Deal or No Deal: The Top Legal Issues Game Show

California Minority Counsel Program’s 2022 Women of Color Conference

May 26, 2022

Pay Transparency: New Laws and What Comes Next

LinkedIn LEAD Virtual Session

May 12, 2022

Driving Toward Pay Equity in the Workplace: What Will It Finally Take?

Women Leaders in GRC Conference

March 30, 2022

It’s Not Just About COVID! Major New Changes in NY State and City Employment Law

February 16, 2022


  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 2013
  • B.A., Villanova University, 2009

Foro di appartenenza

New York
New Jersey


  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey