Labor firm Littler Mendelson opened the doors of its new office in Lexington, Ky., which is the firm’s 49th in the United States. Susan Sears, formerly a partner at Cincinnati-based Dinsmore & Shohl, will serve as the office’s managing shareholder, according to a firm press release.
Little Mendelson is based in San Francisco and is the nation’s largest labor and employment law firm with more than 750 attorneys. The firm, which saw its revenue increase 5 percent to $371.7 million in 2009, has been on the forefront of expansion among labor firms because of the recession, notes a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.
“With unemployment soaring to levels not seen since the 1980s, companies have been calling on labor and employment attorneys for a range of issues, including how to avoid violating laws during layoffs, what issues a company must consider when bringing on freelance workers and age discrimination suits,” the report states.
Sears, who has more than 15 years professional experience, represents employers in employment litigation in both state and federal courts. She also counsels employers on a range of issues including hiring, discipline, discharge, medical leave, wage & hour, disability accommodations, and workplace harassment.
“We are very fortunate to have Susan join the Firm,” said Marko Mrkonich, president and managing director of the Firm. “She is not only highly regarded in the Kentucky area, but she brings to Littler a strong record of successfully representing and defending organizations in employment-related matters on a regional and nationwide basis.
“The addition of Susan and the opening of our Lexington office underscores the firm’s commitment to delivering exceptional client service throughout Kentucky and the Mid-South,” Mrkonich added.
Littler Mendelson was founded in 1942.