Devjani H. Mishra draws on more than 20 years of in-house and outside counsel experience to partner with management in creating scalable and efficient solutions to complex workplace challenges. She is a leader of Littler’s COVID-19 Task Force and Return-to-Work Team, and regularly assists companies in navigating federal, state and local COVID-19 related restrictions and reopening requirements.

Prior to joining Littler, Devjani spent almost seven years as the primary in-house employment counsel for a global biotechnology company serving patients in more than 50 countries. Devjani brings this client-centered perspective to her work with companies of all sizes, from startups to multinational corporations, including:

  • Planning and performing transactional due diligence, workforce integration and business restructuring
  • Building corporate compliance and ethics programs, performing employment practices audits and managing internal investigations
  • Supporting stakeholders in capturing best practices for recruiting, contracting, alternative staffing, performance management, and discipline
  • Addressing requests for flexible work, accommodation and military, medical and family leaves of absence

Devjani is also an experienced litigator, and has successfully handled employment complaints from inception through trial in federal and state courts and agencies. She works closely with clients to set cost-effective defense strategy and to alleviate the business disruption that litigation can cause. Prior to going in-house, she was a partner in the labor and employment practice of a national law firm.

Devjani is a regular presenter on employment law topics before the American Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute and other professional forums.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Annual Conference Track Coordinator

Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association


South Asian Bar Association of New York



American Employment Law Council


Women in Bio and BioCT

News, Analysis & Press

Reopening and COVID-19: Risks of Moving Too Fast

New York Law Journal

November 10, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employer FAQs


March 24, 2020

Workforce Restructurings: A U.S. Perspective

PLI Press

September 24, 2019


Today's General Counsel

April 1, 2019

New York's New Sexual Harassment Laws: A Compliance Checklist

Thomson Reuters Westlaw

November 19, 2018

Speaking Engagements

Privacy During a Pandemic: The New Reality of Staying Safe, Staying Healthy and Staying Employed

NAPABA Virtual Convention

November 6, 2020

The New Normal: Recent Developments & Employment Challenges in the Hospitality Industry

DFDL Webinar

October 1, 2020

Employees with disabilities in the new world order – the challenges and opportunities in the wake of Covid-19

IBA Diversity and Equality Law Committee

September 15, 2020

COVID-19’s Impact on Employment Law in New York

New York State Judicial Institute (New York State Unified Court System)

July 14-15, 2020

COVID-19 in the Workplace: Compliance Challenges, Policy Options

ABA Business Law Section, Banking Law Committee

June 29, 2020

Returning to Work – Legal Updates & Considerations for Employers

China General Chamber of Commerce – USA Webinar

June 17, 2020

Covid-19 U.S. Employment Law and OSHA Overview

PLI Webinar

May 19, 2020

COVID-19: Practical Guidance for Employers

Japan Society Webinar

May 15, 2020

Your Workforce: Staying Compliant and Productive

BritishAmerican Business Webinar

May 12, 2020

COVID-19: What Lies Ahead

Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce Webinar

May 12, 2020

Business as Unusual: Preparing Our Workplaces and Workforces for a Return to Work

Littler Virtual Executive Employer

May 8, 2020

Employment Law Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions

American Employment Law Council Annual Conference

October 25, 2019

#MeToo Update: Investigating a Culture of Complicity and Cover Ups

NAPABA (National Asian Pacific American Bar Association) Regional Conference

September 21, 2019

Cross-Border Employment Law 2019: Workforce Restructurings, Including M&A, Across Borders

Practising Law Institute

June 5, 2019

Understanding Employment Law 2019: ADA, FMLA and Accommodation Fundamentals

Practising Law Institute

April 15, 2019

Understanding New York State and City’s Sexual Harassment Laws: A Compliance Checklist

October 30, 2018

New York Financial Services Roundtable

New York, NY

September 25, 2018

Complying with New York State and New York City’s New Anti-Sexual Harassment Legislation – What Employers Need to Know

Practising Law Institute

July 10, 2018

Understanding Employment Law 2018: ADA Fundamentals

Practising Law Institute

April 12, 2018

The #MeToo Movement and Pay Equity Compliance: How to Advise Your C-Suite and Safeguard Your Company

New York, NY

April 10, 2018

Litigation Issues Involving Staffing Agencies and PEOs: We’re in This Together . . . Or Are We?

ABA Labor & Employment Law Section, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting

March 23, 2018

Paid Leave and Other Protection for Employees with Caregiver Responsibilities

ABA Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference

November 12, 2016

Unraveling the Ethical Complexities of Workplace Investigations

ABA Labor & Employment Law Section, Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting

March 19, 2016

Keynote: Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law

ABA Labor & Employment Law Section, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting

March 16, 2016

Effectively Managing Remote Work

ABA Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference

November 5, 2015

Workplace Investigations Essentials: What to Know When Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations

ABA Webinar

September 16, 2015

A Look at Budding Issues from State Laws Legalizing Marijuana

ABA Labor & Employment Law Section, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting

March 26, 2015

Advanced Issues in Reductions-in-Force

ABA Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference

November 7, 2014

Best Practices for Managing Religious Diversity in the Workplace

ABA Annual Meeting

August 8, 2014

ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20

ABA Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference

November 8, 2013

Employer Use of Criminal Background Screens

ABA Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference

November 7, 2013

Using Social Media in Litigation

PLI Information Technology Law Institute

April 8, 2011


  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1997Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • B.A., Yale University, 1994with distinction

Bar Admission

New York


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York