LOS ANGELES (May 30, 2018) – Kimberli A. Williams, an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has been selected as an Academy Fellow by the National Employment Law Council (NELC), for the second consecutive year. The organization is committed to enriching the minority bar among management-side employment lawyers.
“We are proud of Kimberli’s selection as a 2018 NELC fellow,” said Shannon Boyce, Los Angeles office managing shareholder. “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 Kimberli’s continued involvement in the program.”
As a fellow, Williams participated in the NELC Academy, held in conjunction with the NELC annual conference, which recently took place in New Orleans. Senior attorneys led sessions on business development, arbitration techniques, deposition preparation and defense, and ethical issues in the labor and employment practice.
“The legal industry struggles with high turnover of minority attorneys, especially women. NELC is working to reduce the statistics by assisting young associates in honing their skill sets, making them better employment litigators while creating a sense of community and camaraderie,” Williams said. “It is an honor to be among the numerous attorneys who have represented Littler at the NELC Academy since its inception.”
For the remainder of this year, Williams will participate in regional networking events for NELC Academy alumni and continue her mentoring relationship with Littler Shareholders Richard Harris, who champions Williams’ continued professional development, and Yvette Gatling, who, as an NELC board member, sponsored Williams for a fellowship.
In her practice, Williams represents and advises clients regarding a variety of employment law matters. She has represented corporate and nonprofit clients in single plaintiff Title VII actions, Americans with Disabilities Act claims and conflicts surrounding Family and Medical Leave Act disputes. Additionally, Williams has successfully assisted employers in enforcing and defending against restrictive covenants and employment agreements outside the state of California.
Williams earned her J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and her B.A., with high honors, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Founded in 1995, the National Employment Law Council (NELC) is an organization of thought leaders in the labor and employment arena who serve as outside legal counsel, in-house/corporate legal counsel and human resources leaders. The NELC focuses on communication, advancement, education, networking, mentoring and relationship building. For more information, visit www.nelc-law.org.
Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,500 attorneys in 80 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 over 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.