Multi-National Alliance Recognizes Littler Mendelson’s Commitment to Servicing Clients on a Global Scale
SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 1, 2008) – Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Littler), the nation’s largest labor and employment law firm representing management, announced today the firm’s participation in Ius Laboris, a global alliance of pre-eminent law practitioners providing employment and labor law services on an international scale. Effective Oct. 1, Littler joins the alliance of more than 2,500 attorneys providing specialized legal expertise across an extensive portfolio of International Practice Groups (IPGs), with member firms in more than 45 countries and coverage in 100-plus countries.
Littler is the only law firm in the United States participating in Ius Laboris’ highly-regarded alliance, validating the firm’s ability to address the global needs of clients, navigate foreign employment laws and international labor relations issues and apply corporate policies on a global basis—a critical area of expertise in a worldwide business marketplace where workplace issues do not recognize national boundaries.
Littler is the largest employment and labor law firm in the country with more than 750 attorneys, and the No. 1 firm chosen for employment and labor law services by Fortune 250 companies. With attorneys who are fluent in more than 20 languages and engaged in a variety of prominent international associations, Littler is able to provide rapid response on global migration issues in every area and sub-area of workplace law.
“Littler is honored to join the Ius Laboris alliance and to be in the company of such prestigious firms on a global scale,” said Marko Mrkonich, president and managing director at Littler. “As the largest employment and labor law firm in the U.S., we pride ourselves on our ability to provide specialized international expertise to multinational organizations. Through this partnership, we become part of a group of highly dedicated labor firms that share the same core values of impeccable client service, fine-tuned areas of expertise in labor and employment law and a desire to evolve with clients as business abandons traditional geographic borders.”
Peter Susser, chair of Littler’s International Employment and Labor Law Practice Group, commented, “In recent years, Littler and select Ius Laboris member law firms have collaborated on a variety of matters involving their respective jurisdictions including analyzing the application of a workplace security policy across multiple countries; coordinating an audit of human resource professionals’ policies and practices; and dealing with cross-border terminations, employment contracts and business restructuring. Our work with Ius Laboris to-date has added a depth of value, knowledge and skill that we look forward to leveraging regularly now that Littler has joined the Alliance.”
As a member, Littler’s clients will benefit from access to the Ius Laboris’ IPGs, which bring together lawyers from across the Alliance with expertise in key areas, including: Individual Employment Rights, Restructuring and Labor Relations, Employee Compensation and Benefits, Immigration and Expatriation, Discrimination and Pensions. Littler will continue providing extensive support to global corporations focused on assessing risks and benefits of global operational decisions, managing global relations, protecting corporate reputation and brand, managing global human resources and addressing international data protection issues.
“Our alliance is comprised of exceptional Human Resources law practitioners, allowing us to provide clients with seamless international coverage and fully-coordinated service on all aspects of employment and labor law,” said Carolyn A. Knox, Executive Director of Ius Laboris. “We selected Littler as our U.S. member to ensure Ius Laboris clients are given access to the U.S. leader in employment and labor law. Littler’s sophisticated and proactive approach to client service and their understanding of the global needs of their clients will strengthen the capabilities of the Alliance. We are proud to be represented in the U.S. by Littler.”
About Ius Laboris
Ius Laboris is an alliance of leading law firms providing specialized services in employment, labor, pensions and employee benefits law, covering all legal services related to Human Resources. Created in January 2001, the alliance has grown to 45 member firms, representing a group of over 2,500 lawyers with member firms in more than 45 countries throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and North and South America. It is the largest group of independent and specialist lawyers ever brought together within this practice area.
About Littler Mendelson
With more than 750 attorneys and 45 offices, Littler Mendelson is the largest U.S.-based law firm exclusively devoted to representing management in employment and labor law matters. As the only U.S. member of the Ius Laboris global alliance, Littler has extensive resources to address the global needs of clients, from navigating foreign employment laws and international labor relations issues to applying corporate policies on a global basis. Established in 1942, the firm has litigated, mediated and negotiated some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record. For more information, visit littler.com.