The National Employment Lawyers Association is a professional organization for lawyers who represent workers and employees in employment matters with offices in San Francisco, C.A., and Washington, D.C.
In addition to being a professional organizations for employment attorneys, NELA also advocates for public policy, such as strengthening worker's rights, prohibiting discrimination and protecting benefits. The organization also files amicus curiae briefs in important litigation.
Employment issues include discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment or other harassment, worker safety and issues relating to benefits and pay wrongfully denied or withheld. The NELA assisting lawyers who represent employees against their employers and former employers.
Members have access to a range of educational materials and other benefits. The NELA also advocates for laws and policies favorable to employees.
NELA began in 1985 as the Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association. Twelve employment lawyers formed the group to assist other attorneys who represented employees suing an employer or former employer, especially in wrongful termination cases.
In addition to sharing ideas, information and best practices as a professional group, the organization also began advocating for public policy regarding employee rights.
The group changed its name to the National Employment Lawyers Association in 1990, when it had local chapters in most major cities across the United States and more than 1,000 members.
The NELA organization has more than sixty-nine state and local affiliates around the country. The active state affiliates include:
Lawyer Legion maintains a national directory of employment law attorneys which includes both NELA members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for an employment lawyer, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the NELA and other professional associations. This includes recognition for NELA members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile with information about their involvement with the NELA.
Use this directory to find an employment law attorney in your local area. Start by choosing your state from the list below.
Membership is tiered in the NELA. Members who pay larger dues get more benefits. However, consistent benefits include: