Since 2001, Denise Barton Ward has practiced labor and employment law at Littler Mendelson, where she advises, represents, and trains management clients in various matters arising under federal and state laws. She specializes in traditional labor law matters such as:

  • Union representation elections
  • Decertification elections
  • Unfair labor practice concerns
  • Collective bargaining
  • Strike preparation
  • Labor arbitrations
  • Corporate campaigns brought by unions against employers

She also facilitates training for employers on such topics as strike preparation and positive employee relations.

While in law school, Denise served as senior editor of the Hastings Law Journal and as a student law clerk for the National Labor Relations Board Division of Judges in San Francisco for a year, where she gained particular expertise with the National Labor Relations Act and NLRB proceedings. Prior to law school, she worked as a licensed clinical social worker.

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association


National Italian American Bar Association

Books & Book Chapters

  • The Developing Labor Law, Cumulative Supplements, contributing editor, BNA/ABA, 2002-2017

Speaking Engagements

Leave Me Alone: Handling FMLA Leave Abuse and Post-FMLA Accommodation

New York, NY

October 25, 2012
A Look Back / A Look Forward Legal Update: The Top Employment and Labor Issues Affecting New York Employers

Melville, NYNew York, NYNewark, NJ

June 6, 2012
Unionized or Not, Changes at the National Labor Relations Board Affect ALL Employers

Melville, NY

March 6, 2012
The Top Employment & Labor Trends to Watch in the Year Ahead

Melville, NY

February 16, 2011
A Brand New (Work) Day?

Melville, NY

January 8, 2009


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2001
  • M.S.W., San Jose State University, 1993
  • B.A., San Jose State University, 1991With Great Distinction

Bar Admission

New York
New Jersey


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California