Darren E. Nadel represents employers nationally in complex litigation and employment law. He represents clients in high risk, high value cases involving trade secrets and unfair competition, employee benefits litigation and whistleblower and Sarbanes Oxley matters.

Darren has represented employers in litigation brought under:

  • Trade secrets and unfair competition laws
  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act
  • Sarbanes-Oxley and other whistleblower laws
  • Wage and hour laws
  • Anti-discrimination laws
  • Various common law theories

Darren frequently presents and recently authored materials on employment law topics including  the various agreements employers enter into with their executives and employees, trade secrets and unfair competition litigation, and ERISA litigation.

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, Darren worked as in-house counsel at a Fortune 100 company where he served as vice president responsible for employment and labor law.  That experience gives him a unique insight into working with his clients to understand and help them realize their corporate goals.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Recipient, Economics Department Citation

University of California, Berkeley


Named, The Best Lawyers in America®


Named, Lawyer of the Year


The Best Lawyers in America®

2020, 2024

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


News, Analysis & Press

Producers of Creative Work Beware


October 7, 2021

Taking confidential documents riskier for whistleblowers following New Jersey ruling

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Employment Journal

March 18, 2014

Religious exceptions -- ACA, ENDA and when a business has beliefs

Employee Benefits News (ebn)

December 6, 2013

Court upholds employee termination 2 days after FMLA request

Employee Benefit News

December 28, 2012

ERISA Class Certification in The Wake of Dukes And Amara

The Corporate Counselor

May 1, 2012

Pension court ruling comes down, provides new guidance

Employee Benefit News

October 21, 2011

Littler Wins Appellate Ruling for El Paso in Pension Plan Dispute

The Am Law Litigation Daily

August 12, 2011

Speaking Engagements

Session 7: COVID-19 Challenges to Restrictive Covenants and Protecting IP

October 1, 2020

2020 Virtual Benefits Symposium: Addressing Issues in the New Normal

September 17, 2020

Federal Employment Law Update

2019 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference Denver, CO

October 4, 2019

What to Do When a Whistleblower Steals Confidential Information

Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

September 21, 2018

Litigating EPLI Claims: A Primer on Key Requirements in Your EPLI Policy and Strategies For Winning Insured Cases

Denver, CO

April 26, 2018

Living on the Edge of Fair Competition in the Labor Market Nationwide

2017 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

Littler, Denver CO

October 3, 2017

Colorado Employment Law Update: What's New and Trending

Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

September 21, 2016

2016 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

Denver, CO

September 21, 2016

Retirement Plans Under Attack by Plan Participants and Government Agencies: An Action Plan for Employers

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 5, 2016

The 2014 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

Denver, CO

October 30, 2014

Hiring Senior Executives From Both A Talent Search And Legal Perspective

Denver, CO

June 11, 2013

Workplace Diversity and Discrimination Claims

Denver, CO

June 14, 2012

Employee Benefits The Shifting Landscape of Employee Benefits – Imperatives for 2012

New York, NY

March 27, 2012


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1991
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1987With Honors and Distinction

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit