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Benjamin L. Webster

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Benjamin L. Webster

Benjamin L. Webster has extensive experience handling trials, binding arbitrations, and mediations in a variety of complex disputes. He has defended countless lawsuits in state and federal courts involving allegations such as:

  • Discrimination based on race, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability and immigration status
  • Sexual harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Defamation
  • Breach of contract
  • Misappropriation of proprietary information
  • Unfair competition and other business torts
Additionally, Ben has prosecuted and defended numerous trade secret cases, winning and defeating requests for injunctive relief in high stakes, time-sensitive disputes. He also has handled the defense of class action lawsuits, including wage and hour and discrimination claims arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
A frequent speaker at employment seminars and training programs, Ben has worked with various local, regional, and national clients involved in:
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Retail
  • Finance
  • High-tech
  • Energy
  • Telecommunications
  • Real estate
  • Insurance
  • Health care
  • Lobbying
  • Restaurant and grocery store chains
He has made numerous labor/employment presentations for various audiences, e.g., Sacramento Area Human Resources Association; National Business Institute; Employer Resource Institute; ELT, Inc.; Stockton Business Resource Group; State Fund; Paychex; Sacramento Trusted Advisors Group; Logger's Association of Northern California; Financial Service Industry Roundtable; Rotary Club.
Ben is the office managing shareholder of Littler Mendelson's Sacramento office. Prior to joining Littler, he practiced commercial litigation, with an emphasis in labor and employment law, for another national law firm where he served as managing partner of the Sacramento office for the eight years preceding his departure. Between college and law school, he worked as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Red Bluff, California; as a legislative correspondent for Congressman Harold T. "Bizz" Johnson in Washington, D.C.; and, later, as a legislative and policy analyst and newsletter editor for the Joint Maritime Congress.In law school, Ben was on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review. Thereafter, he clerked for the Honorable Pasco M. Bowman, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Professional and Community Affiliations
Commissioner, California Travel & Tourism Commission, appointed by Governor Brown, 2015
Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, Sacramento County Bar Association
Volunteer, Boy Scouts of America, 2007-2014
Member, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's Transition Team, 2008-2009
Chairman, Board of Directors, Sacramento Community Link, 2007-2011
Member, Executive Board, Lassen Park Foundation, 2006-present
Member, Sacramento Corporate Volunteer Council, 2008-2013
Member, Judicial Advisory Committee, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2009-2012
Member, Stanford Club of Sacramento, 1990-present
Recognition
Awarded, AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Named, Super Lawyer, Northern California, Super Lawyers, 5+ years
Named, Top Lawyers List, Sacramento Magazine, 2015
Named, Best of the Bar, Sacramento Business Journal, 2015
Education
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1987
B.A., Stanford University, 1980
Publications & Press
Employee Accused of Domestic Violence? Be Fair But Cautious Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report October 31, 2016
Littler Snags Former Pillsbury Partner - Benjamin Webster as New Sacramento Office Managing Shareholder - Littler Press Release April 1, 2009


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