The country’s largest employment and labor law firm, Littler Mendelson, P.C., has announced that it has opened an office in Memphis, Tennessee. This is the second location for the law firm in the state. The Nashville office for the firm opened back in the spring of 2011. Forming one of the largest labor and employment specialty practices in the region, Littler joined forces with Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather, PLC. The office in Memphis is the 56th for Littler and follows the openings of offices in Mexico and West Virginia.
“We are excited about our expansion into Memphis following the opening of our Nashville office less than one year ago. Our multiple offices in Tennessee, combined with locations throughout the major metropolitan areas in the greater southeast, enable Littler to provide comprehensive legal services to clients throughout the state and the broader mid-South,” said Marko Mrkonich, the president and managing director of Littler, according to a press release from the firm. “Joining forces with Kiesewetter Wise, a firm with a superior regional and national reputation gives us a tremendous opportunity to continue to provide top quality legal representation to the region’s employers as they navigate a changing legal environment locally, nationally and internationally.”
Sixteen attorneys and one human resources consultant will be joining Littler from Kiesewetter. The 16 attorneys include Jay Kiesewetter, Ed Wise, Jonathan Kaplan and Paul Prather. Kiesewetter was founded back in 1996 and has dealt with cases in over 35 states. Those cases focus mainly on labor and employment law dealing with the management side of things. The law firm has represented firms nationally and internationally in the industries of transportation, healthcare, automotive, telecommunications, hospitality, manufacturing, oil and chemical, finance and many others.
The managing member of Kiesewetter, Jay Kiesewetter, said the following according to the press release from the two firms.
“We founded Kiesewetter Wise over 16 years ago with the goals of providing high-quality, responsive and innovative legal services and serving as a business partner to our clients to find practical solutions to their labor and employment issues. Our partnership with Littler ensures our ability to stay focused on this original mission as we help our clients address an increasingly complex array of labor and employment law challenges.”
The remaining attorneys joining the Littler firm include the following, according to the press release:
Lisa Leach, Shareholder; Steven Likens, Shareholder; George Loveland, Shareholder; John Simmons, Shareholder; Amber Isom-Thompson, Shareholder; Tanja Thompson, Shareholder; Elizabeth Rudnick, Shareholder; Nicole Bermel, Associate; Alex Boals, Associate; Brenda Nelson Canale, Associate; Matthew Gallagher, Associate and Kimberly Brown-Gibbs, Associate
Pat Fleming is the human resources consultant who will be joining the Littler firm.
“Littler’s Memphis and Nashville offices give us a strong statewide position and demonstrate our prevailing regional presence, knowledge and insight while offering clients legal expertise on a national and global scale,” said Jennifer Robinson, the office managing shareholder of Littler’s Nashville office, according to the press release.