Littler Mendelson Strengthens Service to Clients in the Southeast with New Birmingham Office

San Francisco, CA/ March 6, 2008 -- Littler Mendelson, the nation's largest employment and labor law firm representing management, announced today the opening of its newest office in Birmingham, Ala. This latest location increases the number of Littler's nationwide offices to 45 and is further confirmation of the business community's growing demand for the firm's specialized and strategic legal solutions.

Littler's new Birmingham attorneys include shareholders Jay St. Clair, Jim Alexander, Jim May and Stacey Bradford. All are formerly from the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Rose & White. With existing offices in Atlanta and Mobile, opening an office in Birmingham enables Littler attorneys to deliver its unsurpassed national resources to more clients in the Southeast.

"We are pleased to welcome our newest Littler attorneys in Birmingham," said Marko Mrkonich, president and managing shareholder of Littler Mendelson. "As a group, they are notable for their proven ability to provide clients with innovative solutions to labor and employment law challenges. These highly qualified attorneys contribute significantly to the collective knowledge and experience at the firm and enhance our ability to service major Southeast-based corporations."

St. Clair will be the managing shareholder for the Birmingham office. "My colleagues and I are honored and excited to join Littler, esteemed as the best labor and employment law firm in the country," St. Clair said. "Littler's unparalleled resources will ensure our clients' legal issues are solved quickly and seamlessly, allowing them to focus on their core businesses."

A 1983 graduate of the Yale Law School, St. Clair has practiced labor and employment law for 24 years. He is a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a former chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, and is an adjunct professor of labor law at the Cumberland School of Law. He has been listed in numerous editions of The Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment law and worker's compensation.

Alexander advises employers on labor and employment law issues and litigates on their behalf at both the trial and appellate level. As a member of the American Arbitration Association's commercial and employment disputes arbitration panels, Alexander maintains an active ADR practice as an arbitrator. He also represents employers in arbitrations and frequently serves as a mediator. As a former member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law, Alexander taught the employment discrimination law course annually from 1981 through 2003. In 1997 he was elected a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He has been named in the labor and employment law section of The Best Lawyers in America in every edition that has been published. Alexander graduated from Duke University and Duke Law School.

Bradford is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Wake Forest University Law School, where she was an executive editor of the Law Review and a member of Moot Court. She focuses on employment and ERISA litigation, and has successfully handled a wide variety of cases involving discrimination, the FMLA, wage and hour issues, ERISA, harassment, and retaliation.

May, a graduate of the University of Virginia law school, has practiced labor and employment law since 1980. His practice covers a broad range of cases and issues, including the defense of class actions, wage and hour collective actions, and multiple plaintiff ERISA and discrimination cases. "I look forward to celebrating my 28th year of practicing law by joining the number one law firm in the nation for employers, and becoming a part of the strong and talented team in Littler's new Birmingham office," May said.

About Littler Mendelson

With nearly 700 attorneys and 45 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, immigration 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