Marko J. Mrkonich focuses his practice on discrimination and other employment litigation, client counseling, and traditional labor law issues. He works primarily with clients in the manufacturing and retail industries, and has specific knowledge of matters that arise under:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
  • The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
  • The Minnesota Human Rights Act
  • Ordinances in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Marko represents clients in federal and state jury and bench trials, in appellate courts and in administrative hearings before federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. He also handles labor arbitrations and has extensive experience in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Marko also has extensive experience conducting pay equity audits for all types of employers, from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies, and helped develop the Littler Pay Equity Assessment™, including counseling employers on a broad range of state and federal issues related to pay equity, from compliance, to updating policies and job descriptions, to training managers and recruiters, and more.

Additionally, he routinely counsels clients on:

  • Proper handling of termination
  • Discipline decisions
  • Reorganizations and reductions-in-force
  • Leaves of absence
  • All aspects of personnel management

Marko devotes extensive efforts to training and education and frequently teaches as part of Continuing Legal Education programs. He regularly speaks on a wide variety of employment topics to legal, human resource, and other business audiences.

Previously Littler Mendelson's president and managing director, Marko was also the founding member of the Minneapolis office where he formerly held the position of office managing shareholder.

Before joining Littler, Marko served as chairperson of the labor and employment practice of another firm, where he practiced for 17 years. He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Miles W. Lord, United States District Court Judge for the District of Minnesota.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Labor and Employment and Litigation sections

American Bar Association


Minnesota State Bar Association


Hennepin County Bar Association

Member, Corporate Board

Fraser Community Services, Inc.

Former Member, Operating Board

Fraser Community Services, Inc.


Minnesota Management Attorneys Association

Member, Board of Directors

Noper Foundation


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Management


The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, Nations' Most Powerful Employment Attorneys - Top 100

Human Resource Executive / Lawdragon Inc.


Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Named, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


News, Analysis & Press

Law Firms Fill Void Left by Lawmakers in AI Discrimination Space

Bloomberg Big Law Business

July 19, 2019

Big Issues Surrounding Big Data

Human Resource Executive Online

November 3, 2016

EEOC Ponders Employers’ ‘Big Data’ Use

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

October 14, 2016

Employers Underuse 'Big Data'


October 19, 2015

The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

Littler Report

August 4, 2015

Employee Trust Essential for HR Analytics

Bloomberg BNA

July 20, 2015

The Silver Lining Practice

American Lawyer

October 1, 2012

Law Firm Doubles Under Mrkonich

Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal

December 23, 2011

Who You Gonna Call

The American Lawyer

October 19, 2010

Marko Mrkonich Recognizes Challenges of Flex-Time

Entreprenueur Magazine

May 16, 2007

One Turf Battle At a Time, Firms Chase Littler

The National Law Journal

April 30, 2007

Littler Repeatedly Ranked #1 in Litigation


February 14, 2007

Littler Mendelson Highlighted for Growth in Connecticut Market

Connecticut Law Tribune and Law.com

February 6, 2007

Marko Mrkonich Warns Against Discriminatory Hiring Practices Abroad

The National Law Journal

November 14, 2006

Marko Mrkonich Interviewed Postelection by Business Week

Business Week Online

November 13, 2006

Marko Mrkonich Discusses Political Talk at Work

Star Tribune

November 7, 2006

Littler Mendelson Goes from "Good to Great"

ALM's Law Firm Business Development Best Practices

October 1, 2006

Littler Ranked #1 In Employment Litigation


September 11, 2006

Employer-Sponsored Health Plans and Experimental Medical Treatments: Life and Death Cost/Benefit Decisions

19 Employee Benefits Journal 2

June 1994

Speaking Engagements

Big Data Summit: What's the Deal with Using Data Analytics in Hiring, Workforce Management and Litigation?

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 10, 2017

The New Frontier: How Big Data is Changing the Employment Landscape

SHRM 2017 Employment Law & Legislative Conference, Washington, DC

March 14, 2017

The Littler Report

2016 Littler Midwest Employer Conference, Minneapolis, MN

October 4, 2016

Using “Big Data” to Hire, Manage & Discipline - The Benefits and Potential Risks

Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN

May 24, 2016

Answers to 20 of the Biggest Employment Law Questions Facing Employers in 2016

Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN

May 24, 2016

The Ever-Evolving Workplace

2016 Executive Employer Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 5, 2016

Big Data 101: What Every Employer Needs to Know About Data Analytics

2015 Midwest Employer Conference, Minneapolis, MN

October 29, 2015

The Littler Report: The Road to Workplace 2020

2015 Midwest Employer Conference, Minneapolis, MN

October 29, 2015

Noncompetes & Trade Secret Protection: Drafting and Enforcing Noncompete Agreements That Work

Minneapolis, MN

September 29, 2015

20 Bothersome Questions

2012 Midwest Employer Conference

2012 Midwest Employer Conference, Minneapolis, MN

October 11, 2012

Guiding Your Company through Dramatic Changes: The Critical Legal/HR Role in Major Transactions

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

2012 Executive Employer Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

Social Media, the 21st Century Water Cooler: Top 10 Do's and Dont's (and the Grey Areas in Between) for Employers Using Social Media Tools to Evaluate Candidates in the Hiring Process

Minnesota CLE

November 30, 2010

Minnesota Labor and Employment Law Specialist Certification and More

Minnesota CLE

August 9, 2010

20 More Bothersome Employment Law Questions - From New Law to Tough Everyday Issues

Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute

May 24, 2010

Globalized Legal Practice

International Business Law Institute - Minnesota CLE

March 29, 2010


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1980With Honors
  • B.A., Harvard College, 1977With Honors

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin