About NELA

NELA is the country's largest professional organization that is exclusively comprised of lawyers who represent individual employees in cases involving employment discrimination and other employment-related matters.

NELA and its 69 state and local affiliates have more than 4,000 members.

Our Mission

NELA empowers workers’ rights attorneys through legal training, promoting a fair judiciary, and advocating for laws and policies that level the playing field for workers.

Our Vision

We aspire to a future in which all workers are treated with dignity and respect; workplaces are equitable, diverse, and inclusive; and the well-being of workers is a priority in business practices.


As the largest plaintiffs’ employment law firm in the country, our members are the heart and soul of everything we do. In carrying out our mission to empower workers’ rights attorneys, NELA provides exceptional opportunities for professional development through networking, educational programs, and technical support. Thousands of plaintiffs’ employment lawyers have been trained through our renowned continuing legal education programs designed by NELA members especially for employee rights advocates.

For more information about joining NELA, please visit https://www.nela.org/membership/join/.

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