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Oct. 17 — Littler Mendelson, a large U.S.-based labor and employment law firm, has expanded into France by combining with French labor and employment law firm Fromont Briens.
“We’re trying to become a one-stop shop” for global employers, Jeremy Roth, Littler co-managing director, told Bloomberg BNA Oct. 17. He said the combination will allow Littler “to provide very localized advice to employers who are operating in multiple jurisdictions.”
Littler, which has more than 1,000 attorneys in more than 70 offices worldwide, described itself in an Oct. 17 statement as the world’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management. It described Fromont Briens, a labor and employment law firm that has 170 lawyers in Paris and Lyon, France, as one of the largest labor and employment law firms in Europe.
Littler’s opening of an office in Germany in 2015 “became a game-changer,” Roth said. The law firm’s “German team” identified France as a potential growth area because France has “probably the most complex labor and employment scheme in Western Europe,” according to Roth. He said France is “heavily unionized, heavily regulated, and a very employee-friendly environment.”
“There will be no job reductions” for current Littler lawyers, Roth said. He doesn’t anticipate many Littler lawyers moving to France, but some may travel to Paris “on a project basis,” he said. “I’ve had a few people raise their hands” and volunteer to spend time in Paris, he added.
Roth said that since Littler opened its German office, “there are a lot of offices or practitioners calling us” from European law firms asking Littler to consider them for a professional relationship. Littler has nearly 30 lawyers in four offices in Germany, the statement said.
Littler is not planning to open offices in other French cities, but the firm would like to expand in Canada, where it opened an office last year, Roth said.
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