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National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)

About the NELA

Mission and History

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.

State and Local Affiliates of the NELA

The NELA organization has more than sixty-nine state and local affiliates around the country. The active state affiliates include:




Board of Directors

Wade Bonham Cowan
Nashville, TN
Karla Gilbride
Karla Gilbride
Vice President of Public Policy
Washington, DC
Katherine L Butler
Houston, TX
Linda M Correia
Vice President
Washington, DC
James H Kaster
Immediate Past President
Minneapolis, MN
Nievas Bolaños
Chicago, IL

NELA Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Cynthia Bernet McGuinn
Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn
San Francisco, CA
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Janet Ellen Wise
Sass Law Firm
Tampa, FL
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Cynthia N Sass
Sass Law Firm
Tampa, FL
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Stephen R Jaffe
Law Offices of Stephen R. Jaffe - The Jaffe Law Firm
San Francisco, CA
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Laura C Mattiacci
Console Law Offices, LLC
Philadelphia, PA
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Bruce James Highman
The Highman Law Firm
San Francisco, CA
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Contact the NELA

National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
1800 Sutter Street Suite 210
Concord, 94520
Office: (415) 296-7629
Fax: (866) 593-7521

Directory of Employment Lawyers in the United States

Lawyer Legion maintains a national directory of employment law attorneys in the United States 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.

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Benefits of Membership

Membership is tiered in the NELA. Members who pay larger dues get more benefits. However, consistent benefits include:

  • Access to online resources and discussion boards where members can share ideas and best practices, ask questions and discuss ongoing issues with employment law;
  • Discounts to continuing legal education (CLE) sessions, annual convention and on books and guides published by NELA;
  • Subscription to the organization's quarterly publications, containing news and commentary to keep lawyers up-to-date on employment law; and
  • Access to NELA's Sanctions Assistance for Emergency Relief, a fund that provides financial and professional assistance to members facing sanctions, under certain circumstances.

State and Local Affiliates of the NELA

The NELA organization has more than sixty-nine state and local affiliates around the country. The active state affiliates include:

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