Littler Mendelson Welcomes New Shareholders To Birmingham Office

Birmingham, AL (February 10, 2010) – Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Littler), the nation's largest employment and labor law firm representing management, today announced the arrival of two new shareholders to its Birmingham, Alabama office: Charles Powell and Jennifer Swain, both formerly with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

"Charles and Jennifer are valuable additions to the Littler team," said Jay St.Clair, managing shareholder of Littler's Birmingham office. "Their experience and broad knowledge of employment law strengthens our current group of talented attorneys, and our ability to serve clients throughout Alabama and neighboring states."

"We are thrilled to have two such well-known and highly-regarded attorneys join Littler," said Marko Mrkonich, president and managing director of the Firm. "The addition of such high caliber talent will significantly enhance Littler's strength in the Southeast and continues to build on our overall commitment to providing superior client service."

Powell is a seasoned trial attorney and has represented employers across the Southeast for more than 17 years. His practice focuses on defending employers against discrimination and harassment, non-competition and wage and hour charges. He has successfully represented clients in the full-range of employment disputes, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws and claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Powell received his J.D. from the University of Alabama, School of Law, M.P.A. from the University of Alabama and B.S. from Vanderbilt University. He is admitted to practice in Alabama and Florida.

Swain represents management in employment matters of all types. She regularly appears in courts throughout the Southeast, as well as in front of federal and state agencies such as the Department of Labor and the EEOC. Drawing from her litigation experience, she advises employers on issues relating to compliance with various employment discrimination statutes, rules and regulations, and counsels employers on day-to-day personnel issues. She also assists employers with the development, drafting, implementation and enforcement of workplace policies and procedures, including mandatory arbitration programs. Swain received her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School cum laude and B.A. from the University of Notre Dame cum laude. She is admitted to practice in Alabama.

About Littler Mendelson

With more than 750 attorneys and 48 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