NEW YORK, NY (April 5, 2010) – Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Littler), the nation's largest employment and labor law firm representing management, today announced that prominent attorney Johan Lubbe has joined the firm. Lubbe, a former partner at Jackson Lewis, will be a shareholder in Littler's New York City office and will serve as the U.S. practice group co-leader of the firm's International Labor and Employment Law practice group.
Lubbe previously coordinated Jackson Lewis' International Employment Law Practice Group and has earned an international reputation for his work in labor and employment law. During the course of his career spanning over 25 years, he has practiced law in both South Africa and the U.S.
His experience includes representing foreign corporations in the U.S. on their day-to-day employment, wage and hour, and other workplace matters, and defending American employers in discrimination lawsuits, executive terminations, and trade union matters. Additionally, he advises corporations on cross-border employment and expatriate issues.
"I am delighted to welcome Johan to our team," said Peter Susser, chair of Littler's International Employment and Labor Law practice group. "He adds strong international expertise that will enhance our already robust practice group." Susser said that the rapid growth of the firm's International Employment and Labor Law practice group, as well as Littler's recent expansion into Latin America and its affiliation with a leading Asia labor practice is a testament to the firm's commitment to providing its clients with the best in international employment law representation.
Philip Berkowitz, U.S. practice group co-leader of the firm's International Labor and Employment Law practice group, added, "I am thrilled that Johan is joining the firm. I have known Johan for many years. He is one of the most widely-respected international labor and employment attorneys. Johan also brings a number of working relationships cultivated during the time he spent practicing law outside of the U.S., and I look forward with pleasure to working closely with him."
A prolific writer on workplace law issues, Lubbe has authored publications such as a chapter in International Labor and Employment Laws, 2nd edition (BNA since 2003 and annual Supplements); a chapter in McMullen, J. Business Transfers and Employee Rights (Butterworths 2005, and updates); as well as multiple articles on cross-border employment issues. He speaks frequently at international employment law conferences, and has presented at the annual conferences of the European Employment Lawyers Association and the International Bar Association.
Lubbe is a member of many bar and professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management. He has been listed in Practical Law Company's Labour and Employee Benefits Cross-border Handbook, Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers, and the Legal Media Group's The Best of the Best 2005.
Lubbe received his B.Com. and LL.B. from the University of the Free State, South Africa, and LL.M. and masters from Cornell University. He also received an LL.M. from Leicester University, England. He is admitted to practice in Colorado, Connecticut, New York, and Ohio, as well as in South Africa.
About Littler Mendelson
With over 800 attorneys and 50 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 needs of multi-national clients, from navigating international employment laws and labor relations issues to applying corporate policies worldwide. Established in 1942, the firm has litigated, mediated and negotiated some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record.