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NELA – Protecting Employees' Rights Since 1987

The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) was founded in 1985 by visionary employment attorney Paul Tobias. His goal was to provide assistance and support to lawyers engaged in the important work of protecting the rights of employees against the greater resources of their employers and the defense bar. NELA is the country's only professional organization that is exclusively comprised

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of lawyers who represent individual employees in cases involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, employee benefits and other employment-related matters.

Today, NELA counts more than 3,000 lawyers as members in the United States and abroad, who have represented hundreds of thousands of individuals in disputes against their employers. NELA submits amicus curiae briefs in virtually all U.S. Supreme Court cases involving employment and civil rights-related legal issues. The organization has more than sixty-eight state and local affiliates around the country, including NELA-NJ, which was founded in 1987 by Peter Van Schaick.