Co-President and Managing Director, Littler Mendelson, P.C.


Thomas Bender has more than 30 years of experience in labor relations. He has been named a Best Lawyer in America and a Leading Lawyer for Business. Tom was a founding member of Littler’s Philadelphia office and was elected to his current position in 2012.

Littler Mendelson’s commitment to diversity extends beyond its own employees to its client. In addition to creating affinity groups, a Women’s Leadership Initiative, and a diversity council for the firm, Littler also provides a variety of diversity training to its clients to help them avoid workplace issues. Littler has been named a top firm for minorities, women, and LGBT lawyers and partners with many diversity organizations. The firm was named an LCLD Most Active Member Law Firm in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Joined LCLD 2009 

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Hosted Leadership Lunch (2014)
Fellows nominated:
2017: Lauren Schwartzreich; 2016: Edward H. Chyun; 2015: Michael A. Wilder; 2014: Judy M. Iriye; 2013: Ebonee Hamilton Lewis; 2012: Yvette Gatling

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected: 
2017: Ashley Brick, Tracy Williams; 2016: Hanna Badmus, Derrick Lam; 2015: Jessica Xing Yun Rothenberg, Ethan Thomas 

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2017: LaQues Harrison, Anahit Muradian, Egzone Sulefmani; 2016: Julie-Irene Nkodo, Yvonne Tindell; 2015: Shaylon Lovell, Shirin Tavakoli, Alicia Wodarski; 2014: Ashley Kirkwood, Carter Norfleet, Stephen A. Villarreal, Sarah Watt

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Annual Meeting (2016, 2015, 2014)
Leadership Summit (2017, 2016, 2015)

Members: Thomas Bender, Jeremy Roth

Diversity Professionals: Mark Phillis, Natalie Pierce, Dionysia Johnson-Massie   

Communications: Jen Klein, Hannah Babcock