Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Brooke E. Niedecken advises and represents clients in a broad range of labor and employment law matters, including both traditional labor law matters, as well as employment litigation and counseling. Her extensive experience in the public sector, as well as her in-house experience, provides her with invaluable perspective in representing clients, which include both private and publicly traded companies, from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Because of her experience and depth of knowledge, she is also co-chair of the firm’s Labor Practice where she helps guide firm strategy in this area.
Brooke appears regularly before state and federal courts and federal, state, and local agencies. She has extensive experience in matters involving the following:
- The National Labor Relations Act
- The Labor Management Relations Act
- Title VII and state discrimination and harassment laws
- The Americans with Disabilities Act
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- Unfair competition and trade secret laws
As a part of Brooke’s labor law practice, she assists global companies in developing labor relations strategies and human resource policies, and provides guidance both to employers who wish to remain union-free or who need to manage their union-represented workforce. She has successfully assisted employers with organizing campaigns across the country in a wide variety of industries including higher education, manufacturing, retail, automotive, and real estate. In addition, Brooke regularly litigates unfair labor practice charges, and pre and post-election litigation matters. Brooke also counsels employers on strategic considerations relating to collective bargaining and labor relations and serves as principal spokesman for management in labor contract negotiations and has extensive experience in labor arbitration matters.
Brooke also provides preventative employer training and counseling to ensure legal compliance and in order to avoid litigation and to prepare for litigation when it is unavoidable. She regularly advises on day-to-day labor, employment and personnel matters and has helped employers draft employee handbooks and policies and develop employee incentives and programs. She has also served as temporary in-house counsel for two national companies where she oversaw labor and employment matters.
Prior to joining Littler, Brooke was an assistant city attorney for the City of Columbus where she focused on union-related matters. While attending law school, she served as an aide to Professor Morgan Shipman and an extern to the Hon. James L. Graham.
Brooke currently serves as Littler's Associate’s Committee representative for the Columbus, Ohio and Lexington, Kentucky offices, helping to guide and manage the offices’ associates.