William  Emanuel


Littler Mendelson

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.

Bill 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.



  • Member and former chair, Employers Group Legal Committee
  • Member and former chairman, Labor Relations Advisory Committee
  • Member and former chairman, Labor and Employment Law Section - Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association
  • Member, Labor  and Employment Law Section - State Bar of California
  • Former member, Advisory Committee on Agency Procedures - National Labor Relations Board
  • Former member, Advisory Committee for the Health Care Industry - Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service



  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2014
  • Named, Super Lawyer - Southern California, Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Chambers USA, 2012
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers


J.D., Georgetown University, 1963

A.B., Marquette University, 1960

Bar Admission




Mr. William J. Emanuel

Littler Mendelson P.C.

2049 Century Park East – Fifth Floor

Los Angeles, CA  90067