Bruce J. Sarchet

2018 Speaker

Littler Mendelson

“Accommodating Service Pets in the Workforce”


Bruce J. Sarchet has focused his entire legal career on the representation of management in labor and employment law and has particular expertise in issues involving unionized employers, violence in the workplace, employment discrimination, and employee leaves of absence.

He regularly appears in state and federal courts and before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on matters involving The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), California’s Educational Employment Relations Act, and California’s Meyers Milias Brown Act

With energy, enthusiasm, and intense focus, Bruce provides clients with superior quality work and exceptional client service and has earned a reputation as a hands-on problem solver. He provides consultation and representation to large, medium and small businesses across California in a variety of industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, transportation, technology, and construction. He also represents public sector employers. He crafts practical, real world solutions to workplace problems such as dealing with difficult employees and recognizing and balancing business realities and necessities with the need to minimize exposure to litigation.

For unionized employers, Bruce frequently serves as chief spokesperson in collective bargaining negotiations and provides representation in grievances and arbitration hearings. He also represents employers during union organizing drives and unfair labor practice charges under the National Labor Relations Act.

An animated, effective and entertaining public speaker, Bruce regularly makes presentations to local professional organizations on labor and employment law topics and has also presented numerous inhouse training sessions and workshops to management teams at private and public employers. Bruce has published numerous articles for local business journals, providing practical, hands-on labor and employment law advice to small business owners.

From 2005 to 2013, Bruce served on the firm’s five-attorney Management Committee, which handles the firm’s operations. In this capacity, he oversaw thirteen Littler offices in seven states. Prior to his selection to the Management Committee, he served as the office-managing shareholder for the firm’s Sacramento office and served several terms as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

Bruce is an active member of the following practice groups: Food and Beverage Industry (co-chair), Traditional Labor Law, Public Sector, Labor and Employment Law, Healthcare Employers, Equal Employment Opportunity, Corporate Compliance.

Prior to attending law school, Bruce was a high school social studies teacher and basketball coach for three years.