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Firm Profile

Employment Law Alliance

Firm Profile

San Francisco

  • 505 Montgomery Street
  • 13th Floor
  • San Francisco
  • California
  • USA
  • 94111

Firm profile submitted by Employment Law Alliance

Founded in 2000, the Employment Law Alliance (ELA) is the world’s largest network of management-side labour, employment and immigration attorneys. The organisation’s global member base includes 3000+ attorneys and more than 125 member firms. It spans six continents and includes more than 100 countries, all 50 US states and every Canadian province. The ELA prides itself on being a thought leader in the legal field, offering monthly webinars for clients, providing a Global Employer Handbook that includes more than 75 different employment-related topics for every member jurisdiction, and having a robust Service Provider Alliance.
The ELA provides multi-state and multi-national companies seamless, cost-effective services worldwide. Employers trust the quality of ELA’s representatives to handle cross-jurisdictional matters from San Francisco to Shanghai to Stockholm to Sydney to Soweto. And, as a built-in, highly vetted and regularly monitored referral network, clients experience no deviation in service quality when working with ELA members in different jurisdictions on matters around the corner, across the country or on the other side of the globe.
ELA membership is driven by quality – on both an individual and firm level. Firms are invited to become ELA members only after a rigorous due-diligence process, including consultation with experienced in-house counsel, judges, current members and industry leaders. The ELA’s leadership works hard to maintain a network of legal practitioners who are knowledgeable, thought leaders and genuinely dedicated to exceptional client service.
President and CEO: Stephen J Hirschfeld
Number of countries represented worldwide: 100+
Number of lawyers worldwide: 3,000+

Main Areas of Practice:
As labour, employment, and immigration law are inherently local, the nature of the ELA’s on-the-ground resources – as opposed to multi-country regional ‘hubs’– means that clients have access to practitioners who understand jurisdiction- and region-specific nuances. ELA attorneys know the laws, the courts and the judges – a crucial combination for multi-national and multi-jurisdictional companies addressing core issues such as workforce reductions, mergers and acquisitions, internal investigations, regulatory compliance, labour negotiations and entrances/exits from a given country or market.
ELA member firms include both boutique labour and employment and immigration firms and full-service entities. Thus, members are also able to provide counsel on such issues as anticorruption compliance, data privacy and security, intellectual property disputes, environmental compliance, and litigation and product liability defence.
Across the Alliance, ELA member firms represent many of the Fortune 100 and likely all of the Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies.


As labour, employment, and immigration law are inherently local, the nature of the ELA’s on-the-ground resources – as opposed to multi-country regional ‘hubs’– means that clients have access to practitioners who understand jurisdiction- and region-specific nuances. ELA attorneys know the laws, the courts and the judges – a crucial combination for multi-national and multi-jurisdictional companies addressing core issues such as workforce reductions, mergers and acquisitions, internal investigations, regulatory compliance, labour negotiations and entrances/exits from a given country or market.
ELA member firms include both boutique labour and employment and immigration firms and full-service entities. Thus, members are also able to provide counsel on such issues as anticorruption compliance, data privacy and security, intellectual property disputes, environmental compliance, and litigation and product liability defence.
Across the Alliance, ELA member firms represent many of the Fortune 100 and likely all of the Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies.