Tom Bender is currently Littler’s co-president and co-managing director, responsible for the overall strategic direction of the firm’s U.S. and global offices. Additionally, he handles the day-to-day administration and management of the firm. Since his election in 2012, Littler has grown to more than 1,000 attorneys and expanded its global operations throughout Central and Latin America. Tom also serves on Littler’s board of directors and on the Littler Global board. He has been an instrumental part of firm management for more than 13 years. He was a founding member of its Philadelphia office where he held the position of office managing shareholder for nine years.
A Chambers-ranked attorney, Tom has more than three decades of experience representing clients in labor relations matters. Prior to his election as co-president and co-managing director, Tom’s practice focused on collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, organizing drives and unfair labor practice proceedings. He has also represented clients in ERISA and other benefit plan litigation arising from collectively bargained pension and health and welfare plans. Tom has handled a wide variety of claims before the National Labor Relations Board, and federal and state courts, with particular expertise in The National Labor Relations Act, The Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and the Labor Management Relations Act. He has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including transportation, truck manufacturing, health care, energy, waste management and hospitality.
Tom has provided commentary in the business and legal media on firm management and legal industry issues and trends.