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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
  • 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
  • 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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