Littler Mendelson

Address: Suite 1300, 80 S 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55402
Phone: 612-599-1818

About Littler Mendelson

Founded in California in 1942, today Littler is an international law practice with more than 2,600 attorneys devoted exclusively to representing management in employment and labor law matters. Client service and innovation are among the cornerstones of our practice.

Primary Area of Practice 

Littler has represented more than 50,000 employers in virtually every industry, on a regional, national and global basis, across the gamut of labor and employment matters. As a result, we understand the issues affecting small companies as well as the world’s largest corporations. Clients with operations in different locations rely on our broad experience and geographic reach to help them strategically, efficiently and cost-effectively manage their employment and labor matters across multiple jurisdictions.
We offer the full array of legal services related to the employer-employee relationship, providing clients with counseling and representation on everything from day-to-day HR questions to complex class actions and international projects. Our formally recognized practice areas are as follows:
Affirmative Action/OFCCP Compliance
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Appellate Practice
Background Checks
Business and Human Rights
Business Restructuring and M&A
Class Actions
Corporate Compliance and Ethics
Discrimination and Harassment
Diversity and Inclusion Client Services
Employee Benefits
Employment Practices Audits
Employment Taxes
ERISA and Benefit Plan Litigation
Executive Compensation
Global Mobility and Immigration
Hiring, Performance Management & Termination
International Employment Law
Labor Management Relations
Leaves of Absence & Disability Accommodation
Legislative and Regulatory Practice
Litigation and Trials
Policies, Procedures and Handbooks
Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation
Staffing, Independent Contractors and Contingent Workers
Training – Compliance, Ethics, Leadership
Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
Wage and Hour
Whistleblowing and Retaliation
Workers' Compensation
Workplace Privacy and Data Security
Workplace Safety and Health (OSHA and MSHA)

Training Provided to Associates

Littler’s Minneapolis office does not have a formal training program for Law Clerks. Work assignments will flow through our Summer Clerk Coordinator. The clerk will have an opportunity to meet and work with the national practice leaders based in the Minneapolis office.  They will join in with the Summer Associates to attend classes that help acclimate to a professional legal environment.  The classes including:
Get Organized
Email Etiquette
Writing Tips
Pro Bono
Associate Advancement Diversity & Inclusion Overview 
Legal Learning Group
Law & Motion Fundamentals
Traditional Labor Law 101 
International Labor & Employment Law 101 
Marketing & Business Development Strategies for 2022 and Creating a Professional Social Media Presence
Complex Litigation Fundamentals 

Pro Bono/Community Involvement

Littler has a robust pro bono program that provides billable credit to attorneys providing pro bono legal services. Littler supports the community through the Littler Foundation.Our attorneys provided significant pro bono hours to non-profit community organizations that serve the poor, minorities, youth or the elderly. Littler attorneys provide pro bono services in a variety of other areas as well, depending on the interests of individual attorneys.Littler attorneys volunteer their time to a wide variety of non-profit organizations and bar associations and many sit on the boards of bar association pro bono committees.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As the world’s largest employment and labor law practice, our strength lies not just in our size, but in our diversity and the depth of experience that comes with it. Littler supports diversity as a core cultural value that is critical to our continued ability to provide innovative solutions to the rapidly changing needs of our diverse clients. Moreover, we recognize that diversity fosters a positive, creative work environment that attracts talented individuals and encourages employees to maximize their potential.

As a result of this culture, we attract and retain a significant number of diverse attorneys and staff. This is reflected in our statistics: approximately one-quarter of our associates and entire workforce are of color, one-third of our shareholders are women, and more than 60% of our workforce and associates are women. Our workforce is a reflection of the increasingly diverse client base we serve, and this enhances our ability to provide legal solutions grounded in an understanding of the unique cultural nuances that exist in today’s workplaces.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion starts at the top, with our Chief Diversity Officer Paul Bateman. We make ongoing efforts to promote diverse attorneys to positions of power and influence within Littler, and we continue to see increases in diverse attorneys taking on leadership roles. More than half of the firm’s six-person Management Committee, Littler’s highest governing body, is comprised of diverse members. The 2021 Board of Directors includes 10 female shareholders, two shareholders of color, and three LGBTQ+ shareholders – and the chair is a female shareholder in the firm’s Minneapolis office.

Summer Associate/Clerkship Description

Splitting time between Littler’s office downtown Minneapolis and General Mills’ corporate headquarters ensures that the clerkship experience is well-rounded. Littler will provide opportunity to observe attorneys in court or deposition, as well as the opportunity to see how they work on more routine days both in-house and in a large law-firm setting. We will also provide substantive assignments that we hope will spark an interest in labor and employment law. While at General Mills, the clerk will interact with all office personnel, assist with case organization and research, draft written documents for the benefit of actual clients, and attend a variety of court proceedings. 

Successful Candidate Qualities

Our hope and expectation that the Summer Clerk will have the opportunity for exposure to the legal community at large, including bar events where possible. For a 1L clerk, Littler looks for those with a genuine interest in labor and employment law. Strong academic performance, excellent research and writing skills will also be beneficial.

Summer Clerkship Salary and Benefits

$35 per hour last year. The position is 40 hours per week.