NEWARK, N.J. (February 16, 2017) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has named Peter B. Ajalat and Russell J. McEwan co-office managing shareholders of the Newark office.
“We are excited to have Peter and Russ take the helm. They each have active practices and have been instrumental in the success of the Newark office,” said Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of Littler, in a joint statement. “We look forward to their joint leadership as they continue to expand Littler’s presence throughout the Tri-state region.”
Ajalat and McEwan added, “We look forward to co-leading the office and collaborating with our talented team here in Newark to further solidify the firm’s reputation as the leading provider of labor and employment legal services regionally and beyond.”
About Peter Ajalat
Ajalat counsels employers throughout the country on all aspects of labor management relations. He has negotiated hundreds of labor contracts and has extensive experience handling grievances and labor arbitrations, contract administration, union organizing drives, National Labor Relations Board elections, unfair labor practice proceedings and strikes. He also advises clients in union and non-union settings regarding the drafting and implementation of employee handbooks and personnel policies.
Having previously served as general counsel to a large New York City Teamsters Union and as a former in-house labor counsel to a global company, Ajalat brings unique experiences and dual viewpoints. He regularly represents clients in the waste management, ready-mix concrete, food services, manufacturing and beer distribution industries.
Ajalat earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
About Russell McEwan
McEwan’s practice entails representation of clients in federal and state court litigation, before labor arbitrators, at the bargaining table and before regulatory agencies. He proactively counsels employers on strategies to strengthen the employment relationship and minimize the risk of litigation. McEwan also assists clients in developing training tools, crafting effective employment agreements and policies, and training supervisory employees on a wide variety of workplace issues. Additionally, he has extensive experience advising clients on issues related to union organizing drives and petitions.
For more than 20 years, McEwan has represented clients in the construction, manufacturing, retail and transportation industries on a broad range of labor and employment matters. He publishes frequently and presents to industry groups on a host of timely employment topics.
McEwan earned his J.D. from New York Law School, cum laude, and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,200 attorneys in over 75 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for 75 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing member entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms.