Overview

Alexa Laborda Nelson dedicates her practice to employment litigation and counseling. Alexa has represented employers in a wide range of matters, including:

  • Claims of whistleblower retaliation under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, the False Claims Act, and the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law
  • Employment discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and their state counterparts
  • Litigation of restrictive covenant and trade secret matters, including claims under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Alexa has successfully defended employers in cases in federal and state court as well as in arbitration. Her results include:

  • A defense verdict in a federal jury trial involving claims for retaliation under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and defamation
  • An award for the employer in an arbitration of a high-level executive’s claims of whistleblower retaliation
  • An award for the employer in an arbitration of a former employee’s age discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act retaliation, and whistleblower retaliation claims under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act
  • Summary judgment in favor of the employer on a former employee’s claims under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act

Alexa advises clients on personnel decisions, accommodation requests, leaves of absence, harassment claims, reductions in force, and other legal compliance issues. She conducts workplace investigations, as well as employee and supervisor training.

Alexa devotes substantial time to firm and community citizenship. She is a member of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee and the Reunión affinity group. For both groups, she works to enhance the firm’s already robust efforts on recruitment, retention, and mentoring diverse attorneys. She is also a member of Littler’s Whistleblower and Retaliation practice group, for which she is a frequent contributor. Outside of the firm, Alexa volunteers for the Delaware Valley H.R. Person of the Year annual awards event honoring excellence in the human resources profession to help select scholarship recipients, and on a neighborhood committee working to design a community park.

Prior to joining Littler, Alexa worked as an associate at a large law firm in Philadelphia where she represented businesses in both state and federal court. She also was a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Ronald E. Bookbinder, A.J.S.C., in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Burlington County Vicinage, Law Division, before beginning private practice.

During law school, Alexa was a legal intern for the compliance and employee relations team of a large Philadelphia based corporation. There, she worked with in-house counsel and employee relations to address the company’s employee issues and create nationwide employee training. Alexa also interned for the Hon. Renee Cardwell-Hughes in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Before pursuing her law degree, Alexa worked for her undergraduate alma mater in Bologna, Italy.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Hispanic National Bar Association

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2016-2019

Dean's List

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law

Recipient, Barrister's Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy

Speaking Engagements

Fielding Whistleblower Complaints: How to Investigate, Avoid Retaliation, and Ensure Your Company Doesn’t Drop the Ball

Littler Webinar

December 4, 2018

Education

  • J.D., Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, 2012cum laude
  • B.A., Dickinson College, 2006cum laude

Bar Admission

Pennsylvania
New Jersey

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey