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Margaret A. Clemens

clemens_margaret_0056_gfphoto_2016-10-13Margaret A. Clemens


Littler Mendelson P.C.


Raising family of four daughters, all while graduating college and law school at the top of her classes and waiting tables as her family’s primary breadwinner, was what Margaret A. Clemens cited as her most significant accomplishment.

“The reason for this choice is having to work hard gave me an appreciation and insight into the struggles of single moms and persons in need of assistance, as well as the inspiration and desire to utilize my skills, time and talent as an attorney to assist others after I graduated,” said Clemens, an attorney and shareholder with Littler Mendelson P.C. of Fairport, New York. These insights in turn have helped inform the pro bono legal services she provides as vice president of the Volunteer Legal Services Project and over the past three decades.

At Littler, she represents in state and federal courts employers, employee benefit plans and their fiduciaries and in the areas of Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation and employment discrimination. Recently, she appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court in an ERISA multi-plaintiff action and in a class action involving the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Outside of the courtroom, she counsels and trains clients on their employment practices and gives seminars on the developments in ERISA litigation and other areas of employment law.

She’s also relished her time mentoring new attorneys she’s recruited as a founding member of Littler’s Rochester office and member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. This includes mentoring two senior-level shareholders, as well as approximately 11 associates, and a host of others in her capacity as a board member for the Women’s Bar Association, the Alternatives for Battered Women, Volunteer Legal Services Project and the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys.