Co-President & Co-Managing Director, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Thomas Bender was elected Co-President of Littler Mendelson in 2012 and serves on Littler’s Board of Directors and Global Board. He was also a founding member of Littler’s Philadelphia office.
Thomas is vocal about the importance of diversity to the firm, and says his clients value it, too: “No one told us, ‘We picked you because the relationship partner is a woman.’ But they have told us, ‘We respect and value the premium you put on diversity.’”
Littler’s extensive diversity efforts also include a Women’s Leadership Initiative and diversity training for clients. 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
Hosted Leadership Lunch (2016, 2014)
2017: Lauren Schwartzreich; 2016: Edward H. Chyun; 2015: Michael A. Wilder; 2014: Judy M. Iriye; 2013: Ebonee Hamilton Lewis; 2012: Yvette Gatling
1L LCLD Scholars Program
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)