Littler Mendelson, a law firm representing employers in regulatory matters and litigation, is building its presence on the West Coast through personnel changes and strategic lateral hiring. The firm has promoted Portland, Oregon-based attorney Jennifer Nelson to the position of shareholder, one week after the appointment of Doug Parker as managing shareholder of its Portland office on August 6. Nelson has defended employers in suits brought before courts in Oregon and Washington State as well as federal agencies. She concentrates on benefits and compensation disputes and on charges of discrimination or wrongful termination. Parker handles the same types of matters along with intellectual property, non-competition, and ERISA issues. He is qualified to practice law in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska and is a founding shareholder of Littler’s Anchorage office.

At the end of July, Littler brought aboard Curtis Graham as a shareholder in its Los Angeles office. Graham, who came to Littler from FordHarrison, has represented Fortune 500 companies and other clients in actions before U.S. district courts and California state courts. He has developed expertise in internal investigations, dispute resolution, discipline and termination, and other sensitive matters.

“I’ve had a number of successes over the past couple of years in terms of defeating class certification and also adjudicating issues, either on a classwide basis or prior to being certified as a class,” Graham said.

Along with Graham, Littler hired Michelle Rapoport as a senior associate. Rapoport represents clients in the manufacturing, health care, hospitality, nonprofit, and other sectors. With the hiring of Graham and Rapoport, there are now nearly 70 Littler attorneys based in the Los Angeles area.