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.

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association


Pennsylvania Bar Association


Philadelphia Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors

YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity


Board Chair

YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity



Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


Named, Recommended Lawyer

Labor and Employment Disputes in Defense

Legal 500 United States


News, Analysis & Press

LGBT Equality A Firm Priority

The Indiana Lawyer

December 14, 2016

Firms Throw Off Caution and Enter the Digital Arena

Financial Times

December 8, 2015

Legal Tech Traction Breeds Satisfaction

Legaltech News

December 3, 2015

Five local firms score well in LGBT equality

Lawyers Journal

December 26, 2014

Littler welcomes Puerto Rican firm into the fold

Daily Journal

December 10, 2013

Littler Adds to Growing Global Network

American Lawyer

December 9, 2013

Littler Mendelson Names Phila. Lawyer As Co-President

The Legal Intelligencer

August 22, 2012

Littler Mendelson announces new co-presidents

International Financial Law Review

August 21, 2012

Littler Mendelson chooses two presidents

Daily Journal

August 21, 2012

Roth named co-president of Littler Mendelson

San Diego Daily Transcript

August 20, 2012

Bender named co-president of Littler Mendelson

Philadelphia Business Journal

August 20, 2012

Phila. rally is test of labor's clout

Philadelphia Inquirer

August 12, 2012

Tom Bender Notes Restrictions on Political Talk in the Workplace

Bucks County Courier

November 5, 2006

Speaking Engagements

Inaugural Canada Conference

Toronto, ON

November 21, 2016

Second Annual Mexico Conference - Mexico City

México City

October 5, 2016

Second Annual Mexico Conference - Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

October 4, 2016

Segunda Conferencia Anual en México - Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

October 4, 2016

Littler Global Mexico Conference

México City

November 11, 2015

Littler Global Mexico Conference

Nuevo León, C.P.

November 10, 2015

Littler Global Primera Conferencia en México y Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

November 10, 2015


  • J.D., Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, 1977
  • B.S., United States Naval Academy, 1970

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia