Barry Hartstein Honored with Cornell University's 'Groat Award'

CHICAGO, IL (November 22, 2010) – Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Littler), the nation's largest employment and labor law firm representing management, announced today that Barry Hartstein, a shareholder in the firm's Chicago office, has received Cornell University's prestigious "Judge William B. Groat Alumni Award" for his work in labor and employment law. The award was established in 1971 by Cornell's Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) School in tribute to the distinguished justice, who served on the New York State Supreme Court, Eleventh Judicial District.

"I'm very pleased to announce that Barry Hartstein is the 2011 Groat prize winner," said Harry Katz, dean of the ILR School, in a video statement. "We all look forward to celebrating an appropriate award for a wonderful alumnus of the ILR School and a great contributor to our field."

The Groat award recognizes those who have made significant achievements in the field of industrial relations, including all aspects of labor relations and human resources management in the sectors of labor unions, management, neutrals, government service, and academe. Also considered are those who have provided service to the ILR School and participated in alumni activities.

Hartstein has earned respect not only for his work as a labor and employment attorney, but also his contributions as an alumnus of the ILR School. He is a past president of the ILR Alumni Association, and currently serves on the ILR School's Advisory Council and Board of Directors for the school's Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution.

"We are thrilled to see Barry recognized for his accomplishments," said Adam C. Wit, office managing shareholder of Littler's Chicago office. "Not only is this an extremely prestigious award in our field, but it also serves to elevate the presence of Littler in Chicago. I wish Barry continued success throughout his career."

Hartstein joined Littler's Chicago office in August 2010. Over the course of his career spanning more than 30 years, he has earned a strong national reputation for his work on behalf of employers, assisting them in a wide range of employment law matters. In addition, he is an experienced litigator who has defended employers nationwide in individual and class action claims as well as in wage and hour collective actions. He writes on workplace issues and frequently is invited to speak on the latest trends and most pressing concerns.

Hartstein received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Cornell University's ILR School. He is admitted to practice in the Illinois and California state bars.

About the ILR School

Cornell University's Industrial and Labor Relations School is advancing the world of work through teaching, research and outreach. ILR's mission is to prepare leaders, inform national and international employment and labor policy, and improve working lives. The school offers undergraduate and graduate education as well as career-long learning for professionals. Founded in 1945 as the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the school is becoming better known simply as the ILR School.

About Littler Mendelson

With more than 750 attorneys and 50 offices, Littler Mendelson is the largest U.S.-based law firm exclusively devoted to representing management in employment and labor law matters. As the only U.S. member of the Ius Laboris global alliance, Littler has extensive resources to address the needs of multi-national clients, from navigating 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. For more information, visit