Five Littler Attorneys Selected as National Employment Law Council Academy Fellows

(March 11, 2019) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, is pleased to announce that Janice Sued Agresti (Philadelphia), LaDelle Davenport (Houston), Detrachia André (Atlanta), Nasim Khansari (Los Angeles) and Andrea Ortega (San Francisco) have been selected as academy fellows by the National Employment Law Council (NELC). The organization is committed to enriching the minority bar among management-side employment lawyers.

“We are proud of this group of attorneys and their selection as 2019 NELC fellows,” said Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of Littler, in a joint statement. “The NELC Academy provides valuable mentoring and educational skills for up and coming attorneys. At Littler, we are committed to supporting our associates with their professional goals and look forward to their contribution to the program.”

Janice Sued Agresti advises and represents employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters arising under both state and federal laws. Before joining Littler, she clerked at an established regional law firm and also served as a judicial intern for the Hon. David R. Strawbridge, magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Hon. Garrett D. Page, judge in the 38th Pennsylvania Judicial District. Agresti is also a member of Littler’s Reunión affinity group, which provides support, development and networking opportunities for Hispanic or Latino-American attorneys and professional staff at the firm.

Agresti earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law. She received her M.S. Ed. and B.A., magna cum laude, from Queens College, City University of New York

LaDelle Davenport represents employers throughout Texas and beyond in a full range of labor and employment law matters arising under federal, state and local laws. She regularly provides advice, counsel and policy review for employers of all sizes; assists clients with administrative agency investigations, charges and mediation; and represents clients at various stages of litigation. Prior to joining Littler, she was an intern at the Houston office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also served as a judicial intern for the Hon. David Hittner of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas.

Davenport earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center and her B.S. from Texas A&M University, Kingsville. She received her M.A. from Sam Houston State University.

Detrachia M.N. André advises and represents employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters arising under both state and federal laws. She focuses her practice in employment litigation, defending employers against claims of single plaintiff and class action workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation. André also represents employers in breach of contract actions involving both executive-level and lower-level employees and has successfully argued in state court against claims of unpaid time.

Additionally, André handles administrative charges and leads internal investigations. André also advises clients on a variety of policies and practices, including electronic data searches, reasonable accommodations, paid time off, and investigations practices and procedures.

André earned her J.D., cum laude, from the Georgia State University College of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Central Florida.

Nasim Khansari advises and represents employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters. She is also a member of the Littler's 'Ohana Affinity Group, which meets to discuss firm and diversity initiatives, including associate development, mentorship, retention programs and opportunities to leverage skills in order to better service clients. Prior to joining Littler, Nasim was the project director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice overseeing the Naturalization and English as a Second Language (ESL) departments where she practiced immigration law for five years. She also managed a national, statewide and local network of Asian American and Pacific Islander-serving organizations helping to build and sustain capacity immigration services. In 2018, Khansari was recognized by Los Angeles’ Mayor, Eric Garcetti, for her contributions to the immigrant communities of Los Angeles.

Khansari earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angles, and her B.A. from California State University Channel Islands.

Andrea R. Ortega represents and advises employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters. Prior to joining Littler, she served as a legal intern for the U.S. Department of Labor with the Regional Solicitor’s Office in San Francisco. During law school, Ortega was selected to participate in the highly competitive Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program, through which she was given the opportunity to serve as a summer associate with a Seattle area law firm.

Ortega earned her J.D. from the University of California-Berkeley School of Law and her B.A. from Brandeis University.

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