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Roth named co-president of Littler Mendelson

Jeremy Roth

San Diego attorney Jeremy Roth on Monday was named co-president and co-managing director of the labor and employment law firm Littler Mendelson.

Roth will assume his new position alongside Philadelphia partner Thomas Bender on Jan. 20, 2013. The two, who will be succeeding Marko Mrkonich, each will serve eight-year terms.

"I'm very excited," Roth said. "Littler is really on the edge of doing some amazing things on a global scale. We've got a lot of opportunities placed before us.

"For me, it's a great challenge, a ton of work and a lot of fun."

Roth is currently the managing shareholder of Littler's San Diego office. In his new role, Roth will collaborate with Bender on managing the firm's rapid growth and increasing service capabilities for multinational clients.

Littler recently opened offices in Venezuela and Mexico, and now has 56 offices firmwide.

"[Roth has] taken the laboring oar in much of international efforts," said Garry Mathiason, chairman of the board at Littler. "Consequently, he is someone who is interested in our global vision, and as that process intensifies over the next two years, I suspect Jeremy is going to be involved in it."

Roth has been helpful in initiating the firm's cross-border client services, especially as Littler has expanded to Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico.

Additionally, he's been involved in firm's nationwide lateral recruiting efforts and national and regional marketing campaigns.

"Those are things that interest me," Roth said. "The firm has been good to me, and I like the direction we're heading and what we're doing. I really like the solutions we're providing."

Roth practices exclusively in the area of labor and employment law, representing retailers, hotels and other management clients. He defends employers in all phases of litigation and has handled countless mediations and arbitrations.

While he will continue representing his current clients, Roth said he will begin winding down his full-time practice to concentrate on managing the firm.

Mathiason said Roth and Bender offer complimentary skill sets, making them the ideal combination to lead the firm.

"Jeremy is an extraordinary communicator, especially in a one-on-one setting and small groups," Mathiason said. "He [has] a track record of reaching across to other offices and other shareholders to welcome them to the firm and provide assistance to them when they needed help.

"That kind of building of relationships is critical to our firm."

Bender is a founding member and former office managing shareholder of Littler’s Philadelphia office. He focuses his practice on representing clients in labor relations matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, organizing drives and unfair labor practice proceedings.

During the next eight years, in addition to its global expansion plans, Littler hopes to solidify its domestic foothold and lead the way in innovating new, technology-based approaches to client service and case management.

"Our growth is picking up speed," Roth said. "The employer community is very receptive to our model. They like the fact we're in these different places."

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