Henry D. Lederman has devoted his practice almost exclusively to employment law counseling, litigation and appeals, including those related to the drafting and enforcement of arbitration agreements. He appears in California state and federal trial and appellate courts and has particular expertise with the Federal Arbitration Act and state arbitration statutes. From 1998 to 2012, Henry served as Littler Mendelson’s General Counsel and, in that role, addressed compliance issues related to state rules of professional conduct, including the California rules and American Bar Association model rules.

A skilled litigator, Henry recently appeared before the United States Supreme Court and prevailed on behalf of his client in a matter involving the enforcement of an arbitration agreement. Other notable successes include upholding the preemption under federal labor law of state tort claims, a finding that two provisions of the California Labor Code were unconstitutional, and a California Supreme Court reversal that established a new standard for “just cause” dismissal that is favorable to California employers.

Henry works with a variety of clients in many different industries, including retail, manufacturing, consumer products, service providers and more.

Henry is the Co-Chair of the firm's Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice group and a core member of the Appellate Practice Group. He has served as an instructor for the California Continuing Education of the Bar and has given lectures, training sessions and seminars on arbitration law, legal ethics, wrongful termination and employment discrimination before employer organizations, corporations and attorney groups.

Previously, Henry worked as an attorney for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the United States Department of Transportation.


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA


Named, Super Lawyer

Northern California

Super Lawyers


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


News, Analysis & Press

The "Bring Your Own Device" to Work Movement

Littler Report

May 10, 2012

Books & Book Chapters

  • Employment Arbitration Agreements - A Practical Guide, Aspen Publishers Inc., General Editor, 2008

Speaking Engagements

The Battle Over Arbitration Continues: The FAA, the NLRA and Other Lingering Skirmishes

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 3, 2018

The Current Status of Arbitration Agreements Under the New Administration and in the Courts

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 11, 2017

Flanking Attacks and Other Maneuvers: How the Plaintiffs’ Bar Defeats Arbitral Class Waiver Clauses

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 5, 2016

Iskanian and the Future of Arbitral Class and Representative Action Waivers

July 16, 2014

Brinker after Kirby: Still No Free Lunch in California

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

The Never-Ending Story: Arbitration Agreements and the Law

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

Class Action Summit

September 26, 2011

AT&T v. Concepcion: What the Ruling Means to You

June 21, 2011

Arbitration Agreements: Clause and Effect

August 27, 2010

Anatomy of an Effective Employment Contract for Employees and Executives

San Francisco, CA

May 9, 2007


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1974
  • B.A., University of Maryland, 1971Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admission

District of Columbia
New York


  • 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