Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, was recognized for the third straight year among the top 25 most innovative law firms in the Financial Times’ 2017 North America Innovative Lawyers report. Littler moved up 10 spots from last year’s report, ranking 10th overall in 2017, and scored high marks for a number of its technology-based initiatives.
“Being recognized by the Financial Times underscores our continued and focused commitment to innovation,” said Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of Littler, in a joint statement. “It’s exciting to see the impact we’re having with initiatives designed to improve legal processes and the management of litigation matters, as well as help employers navigate compliance issues in the workplace.”
Littler earned the second highest score in the Business of Law category and four initiatives were recognized:
- The expansion of Littler CaseSmart® – the firm’s groundbreaking approach to more effectively and efficiently managing employment matters through technology, alternative staffing and legal project management – was listed as Highly Commended in the New Products and Services sub-category. Initially developed for a more commoditized area of employment law, Littler CaseSmart expanded to address complex and high-stakes wage and hour class and collective action litigation. The platform also expanded in 2017 to provide benchmarking data that allows clients to see how their administrative agency charges compare to other employers in such areas as settlement amount and transition-to-litigation rate.
- Also listed as Highly Commended among New Products and Services was the recent expansion of the applications available through ComplianceHR®, a Littler and Neota Logic joint venture that provides web-based employment compliance solutions. ComplianceHR’s applications empower HR and legal professionals to make quick and reliable compliance decisions in hiring and managing their workforce, as well as to generate key employment documents and create a record that preserves how decisions were made.
- Littler Edge received a Highly Commended listing in the Data, Knowledge and Intelligence sub-category. The online portal provides clients with a single location to access the collective knowledge and experience of Littler’s attorneys. Littler Edge helps clients to stay up to speed on developments in labor and employment law, and provides resources and guidance to aid compliance efforts.
- Also among Data, Knowledge and Intelligence initiatives, Virtual Binder, a comprehensive case management system that Littler built from scratch, received a Commended listing. Virtual Binder integrates all of Littler’s resources in a single-entry network. It has streamlined Littler’s internal processes, increased collaboration and maximized efficiencies through automated workflow, features to better manage communication and dashboards with financial data.
The findings and rankings of the Financial Times report were based on extensive assessments and interviews, following nominations from leading firms and in-house teams across North America. View the complete study here.
In addition to the Financial Times, Littler has been recognized by other major organizations that recognize innovation in the delivery of legal services, including the Association of Corporate Counsel, National Law Journal, International Legal Technology Association, College of Law Practice Management and Fastcase 50.
Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,300 attorneys in over 75 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for 75 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing member entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms.