SAN FRANCISCO (August 11, 2011) – Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Littler), the nation’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management, has earned top rankings in the newly-released 2012 edition of the Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms. As the only labor and employment firm to earn such high rankings in the diversity categories, Littler received the following accolades: #2 in Overall Diversity, #2 in Diversity for Minorities and #2 in Diversity for Women. Littler also ranked #4 in LGBT Diversity. The diversity recognition from Vault comes shortly after the firm also earned number two spots in two substantive areas of recognition:
“Diversity is not just a priority, but a way of life for our firm and we are proud to once again be recognized by Vault for our continued advancements in creating an open and inclusive workplace,” said Marko Mrkonich, president and managing director of Littler. “The firm’s success lies not just in its size, but in the diversity and depth of our experience, and we remain committed to cultivating a culture where all employees from differing backgrounds are valued and can work together to represent clients successfully.”
Littler was recognized by Vault for its progressive and ongoing approach to diversity. The firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council works to codify its inclusive culture, and has established various affinity groups that enable attorneys to network with peers and engage in an open dialogue. Littler regularly hosts events in conjunction with its affinity groups to explore issues of inclusion. Additionally, the firm’s Women’s Leadership Initiative assists its female workforce in achieving career goals and balancing work and family life and its LGBT Subcommittee promotes awareness, inclusion and visibility regarding LGBT issues both inside and outside the firm. Most recently, the firm released two videos in support of the international, “It Gets Better Project” started by LGBT activist and author Dan Savage. The videos can be viewed by visiting the following links: Professional Video: www.youtube.com/
The firm places strong emphasis on the retention of its attorneys through a mentorship program designed to promote associate development and inclusion. Littler also maintains relationships with numerous diversity-focused bar associations and business and civic organizations, and actively recruits a diverse workforce through targeted outreach programs and job fairs.
A highly-respected and widely-read publication, The Vault Guide serves as a resource providing rankings of law firms in various categories based on evaluations by attorneys at the nation’s largest law firms about their own employers and other law firms in the U.S. The diversity rankings were based on internal surveys in which associates rated their own firm’s commitment to diversity with respect to women, minorities, and gay, lesbian and transgendered individuals.
Vault publishes more than 120 print and digital career guidebooks, including annual guides such as the Vault Guide to the Top 50 Banking Employers, the Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms and the Vault Guide to the Top 40 Accounting Firms. It is used by more than 2.5 million consumers worldwide and thousands of employers, including 70 of the Fortune 100. In addition, Vault’s clients include more than 1,100 universities and graduate schools providing 6 million students globally with access to Vault’s Online Career Library database and public libraries across the United States. Vault is owned by Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a $5 billion private-equity firm focused on communications.
About Littler Mendelson
With over 800 attorneys and 52 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. For more information, visit littler.com.