Starbucks Serves Up Fourth Annual Diversity Award to Littler Mendelson

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 3, 2012) - Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Littler), the world’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management, was honored by Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) with its fourth annual Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs Excellence in Diversity award for 2012. Sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company’s Law and Corporate Affairs department, the award recognizes Littler for its efforts in strengthening diversity and inclusion—both within the firm and throughout the legal industry.

“Littler is proud to be honored with this distinction,” said Marko Mrkonich, president and managing director of Littler. “Advancing and promoting diversity and inclusion both inside and outside of the firm is one of Littler’s highest priorities. We strive to create programs that push our efforts beyond the norm. It is rewarding to be recognized for our initiatives, especially by such a valued business partner as Starbucks.”

“At Starbucks, diversity is at our very core. From our partners (employees), to our customers, to the communities we serve—we are constantly looking for ways to create connections and celebrate our cultural and social differences. That’s why we work with organizations, such as Littler Mendelson, P.C., who share this commitment, demonstrate the importance of enhancing diversity within the legal profession and understand the role diversity plays in ensuring their clients receive the best legal representation possible,” said Lucy Lee Helm, Starbucks executive vice president, general counsel and secretary.

Littler has represented Starbucks in the area of labor and employment since 1998 and has been lauded by the media and legal industry for its progressive diversity efforts. In 2012 alone, Littler earned numerous diversity accolades including:

  • Earned 100% Corporate Equality Index rating – Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2012 Best Places to Work Survey
  • Certified Gold Standard 2012 – Women in Law Empowerment Forum
  • Ranked #2 for Overall Diversity – 2012 Vault Survey
  • Ranked by Employment Law 360 – Top Five Firms for Female Partners 2012
  • Rated by Multicultural Law magazine – Top 100 Firms for Diversity 2012
  • Named Top 10 Family Friendly Firms – Yale Law Women 2012
  • Recipient of 2012 National Diversity Excellence Award – Associated Builders and Contractors

According to Jeffrey B. Jones, office managing shareholder of Littler’s Orlando office and relationship shareholder for Starbucks, “We are honored to receive the Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs Excellence in Diversity award and are delighted to be working with a progressive partner such as Starbucks, who places an equal value on promoting the importance of diversity and inclusion within the legal and business communities.”

About Littler Mendelson

Littler Mendelson is the world’s largest labor and employment firm exclusively devoted to representing management. With over 950 attorneys and 56 offices throughout the U.S. and globally, Littler has extensive resources to address the needs of U.S.-based and multi-national clients from navigating domestic and 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.