Anita M. Polli


Littler Mendelson P.C.
One International Place
Suite 2700
Boston, MA 02110

Tel: (617) 378-6008


Anita Polli represents employers in all phases of labor and employment law with specific experience advising healthcare clients, including hospitals, healthcare systems and long-term care facilities. Anita negotiates collective bargaining agreements and advises clients with respect to union organizing campaigns. She handles labor arbitrations, discrimination complaints and mediations, issues of hiring and firing, and conducts internal investigations.

Anita has extensive experience handling large-scale union organizing campaigns in medical centers throughout the country and has successfully thwarted union organizing efforts by the National Nurses United (NNU), the Michigan Nurses Association and the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Most recently, Anita led teams in union organizing drives where 6000, 4000 and 3000 nurses, respectively, were targeted in academic medical centers. She has successfully led organizations through complex and highly charged union corporate campaigns with significant external visibility. Anita has also participated in and advised clients through strikes and other job actions by healthcare workers.

Anita has been involved in labor arbitrations involving allegations of patient abuse, drug diversion, negligence of a chief nursing officer, and wrongful death, among others. Anita believes training is the most powerful risk management tool to help employers avoid legal liability, and she devotes a significant portion of her practice to training clients how to avoid and mitigate risk. She has trained entire organizations, from management to staff, on all areas of labor and employment law. Another way in which Anita assists clients in avoiding legal risk is by working with them to develop fair and balanced policies and procedures.

Previously, Anita was a partner at another law firm. She has written extensively on labor and employment matters, and has lectured for numerous legal, business and human resource organizations.

  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1988
  • B.S., Northeastern University, summa cum laude, 1979
  • Member, Labor and Employment Section – American Bar Association
  • Member, Labor and Employment Section – Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Labor and Employment Section – Boston Bar Association
  • Member, National Health Lawyers Association

Healthcare employers are facing major challenges, dealing with increased federal scrutiny and a surge of class actions, retaliation lawsuits and other litigation. On the labor front, hospitals across the country are contending with a wave of union activity by nurses and other healthcare workers.

Littler, as America’s largest labor and employment law firm, is in a prime position of being able to assist health care employers with all of their workplace issues. Our exclusive focus on labor and employment issues and our extensive experience representing every sector of the health care industry well-positions Littler as legal counsel for healthcare employers.

We take pride in our depth of knowledge and experience in dealing with specific issues that arise in the healthcare workplace. Our lawyers include many of the nation’s leading authorities on employment regulations and legal matters that impact health care employers in unique ways.

Because of the breadth and depth of our experience, we use a collaborative approach, calling on lawyers within the firm with particularized knowledge who can provide advice and counsel to clients on every aspect of labor and employment law. As a result, we are able to help our clients in a cost-efficient manner, without sacrificing quality. Our goal is to help clients avoid costly litigation, but when litigation does arise we have a long history of successfully representing healthcare employers in all types of matters across the country.

Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, representing management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serving as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community.

Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for more than 75 years.

Littler’s international offices span three continents – North America, South America and Europe – and include: Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and Venezuela.

Littler Mendelson is part of the international legal practice Littler Global which operates worldwide through a number of separate legal entities.