Philip L. Ross has a comprehensive practice that covers all facets of employment and labor law, with a special emphasis in recent years on appellate practice before both state and federal courts of appeal. He currently serves as the co-chair of Littler Mendelson's Appellate Practice Group. During his many years of practice, Philip has argued before the Ninth Circuit at least a dozen times or more, and has prepared or assisted with the preparation of more than 50 Ninth Circuit briefs. Philip also handles numerous proceedings and oral arguments before the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has specific experience with:

  • Wrongful termination claims
  • Equal employment opportunity and discrimination allegations
  • Claims brought under Title VII
  • Claims arising under the Fair Employment and Housing Act
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Other contract and tort claims
  • A wide variety of statutory actions

Additionally, Philip defends employers against unfair labor practice charges and complaints, represents employers facing strike activity, handles grievance and arbitration matters and provides general labor advice in all of these areas. His practice also includes preparing employment contracts, personnel policies and employee handbooks and providing clients with general advice on compliance with statutory and contractual obligations, employee disciplinary matters and sound employment practices. Philip has represented employers of all sizes in many industries, including:

  • Financial services
  • Hospitality
  • Health care
  • Retail
  • Publishing
  • Transportation
  • Gaming
  • Manufacturing

Philip is the author of a variety of articles on labor and employment law issues and has spoken before industry and employer associations throughout California.  He was the general editor of Littler's California Employer publication for ten years.

Prior to joining Littler, Philip spent 15 years practicing with other regional and national law firms, exclusively representing management in all areas of employment and labor law. Before entering private practice, he was a staff attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Los Angeles and in law school, he was a law clerk for the NLRB's Division of Administrative Law Judges in San Francisco and editor of the Industrial Relations Law Journal.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Former Member

Labor Law Consulting Group to the California Board of Legal Specialization

State Bar of California

Former General Editor

California Employer

Former President

Contra Costa Jewish Community Center

Former Member, Board of Directors

Non-Profit Agencies


Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Labor Law


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1976With Honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California