ComplianceHR, a joint venture between Littler and Neota Logic, was mentioned in the recent Law360 article. Congratulations to Littler for making the top 10!
The 10 Mightiest Employment Practice Groups
By Aaron Vehling
Ten firms are poised to win clients with a vast bench of employment partners that puts them among the biggest employment practice groups.
The Employment Law360 100, part of the Law360 2015 Largest Practice Groups Report, ranks the largest labor and employment practice groups as measured by the number of partners globally that spend a majority of their time practicing in the area.
Again dominating the top spots on the list this year are employment specialists such as Littler Mendelson PC, Jackson Lewis PCand Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC. But with the entry of DLA Piper into the top 10, the list is evenly split between boutiques and full-service firms like Baker & McKenzie LLP and Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Labor and employment-focused Littler, with 489 partners, again tops the list, and firm co-president and co-managing director Jeremy Roth attributes at least some of the firm’s success to its focus on making specific, long-term investments.
“We’re trying to a build a law firm for 30 years from now,” Roth said.
Tom Bender, the firm’s other co-president and co-managing director, said the firm does that by developing products and processes that put it in a position to allow its talented attorneys to practice more cost-effectively and in the end provide better service to clients.
Those include its CaseSmart analytics system for clients to use to manage defenses of equal employment opportunity charges and single-plaintiff employment litigation, with implementation for class actions coming soon, he said.
The firm also offers ComplianceHR, a joint venture between Littler and software company Neota Logic that provides a Web-based platform for employers to use in conjunction with certain employment decisions, such as hiring independent contractors and determining overtime-exempt status.
“Clients are looking for us to develop products to allow them to do things more reasonable and more cost-effectively,” Bender said.
But laterals are also finding the firm’s various investments attractive, he said. When he and Roth are interviewing laterals, a common thing they’re hearing is that the lawyer isn’t using those types of products at his or her current firm.
“It’s very attractive to folks who want to have these tools to help clients they have expand their business,” he said.[…]