William J. Emanuel - Littler Mendelson P.C.

William J. Emanuel

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 310-772-7205

William J. Emanuel has extensive experience representing employers in traditional labor matters, including:

  • Collective bargaining negotiations
  • Administration of collective bargaining agreements
  • Labor arbitration
  • Union election campaigns
  • Strikes, picket lines and boycotts
  • Corporate campaigns by labor unions
  • Labor injunctions
  • Persuader reporting requirements
  • Public sector labor law
  • Section 301 litigation

He has particular expertise with laws concerning union access to the private property of employers under:

  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • Federal and state constitutional laws
  • State trespass laws and anti-injunction statutes
  • The federal Norris-LaGuardia Act

He also is well-versed in:

  • Laws regulating employment releases
  • Employment arbitration statutes
  • Laws relating to trade secrets and unfair competition
  • Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification statutes

In his counseling practice, Bill emphasizes:

  • Wage and hour advice
  • California Labor Code compliance
  • Executive terminations
  • Non-compete and confidentiality agreements
  • Employment arbitration agreements
  • Alternative workweek agreements
  • Trade secret and unfair competition advice

He also advises employers with regard to business restructuring decisions, including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Workforce reductions
  • Plant closings
  • WARN notices
  • Separation agreements
  • Employment releases
  • Retention agreements
  • The sale of facilities

Bill works with a broad range of clients, including trade associations, hospitals and other health care institutions, school districts, transportation and logistics companies and manufacturing companies.

He is a member of Littler Mendelson's Traditional Labor Practice Group and editor of the firm's traditional labor blog, Labor Relations Counsel.  He also authored several amicus curiae briefs on behalf of trade associations in cases challenging state laws that allow labor unions to trespass on the private property of employers, including a landmark case now pending at the California Supreme Court.

Georgetown UniversityJ.D. Marquette UniversityAB
Employers Group Legal CommitteeLabor Relations Advisory CommitteeLos Angeles County Bar AssociationAmerican Bar Association

Office Location

2049 Century Park East, Fifth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
United States

Practice Areas

Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment