Lawyer runs online employment law platform – Minnesota Lawyer

Last name: Stéphanie Sarantopoulos

Title: Shareholder; Program Director, Littler onDemand, Littler

Education: BS, Health Policy Management, Providence College; JD, Boston University School of Law

Stephanie Sarantopoulos, a shareholder in Littler’s Minneapolis office, now oversees legal operations for the firm’s online platform to answer corporate legal questions in the workplace as program director for Littler onDemand.

Sarantopoulos, appointed program director in June, said the platform has a dedicated team of experienced labor and employment lawyers who address issues such as workplace safety, salary issues and hours and challenges of remote work. The service can also leverage the expertise of over 1,500 Littler lawyers in 100 offices around the world.

The inspiration to practice labor and employment law, said Sarantopoulos, came from seeing her mother working with lawyers as she dealt with workplace issues during her career in resources. human.

“I work in an area that I have seen play out in my own life from a young age,” said Sarantopoulos.

Littler onDemand also uses data analytics to provide businesses with insight into workplace challenges over time, to identify recurring issues, and to help resolve issues that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Q: The best way to start a conversation with you?

A: I’m a talker, so it doesn’t take much to get started. But definitely ask me what show I watch, what I read, what book or podcast I listen to.

Q: Why did you go to law school?

A: I wanted to keep reading and writing and thinking about big problems, learning to solve problems and ultimately helping others.

Q: What books do you read?

A: I just finished listening to Matthew McConaughey’s “Greenlights” and I’m reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Whereabouts” on my tablet.

Q: Who is your pet peeve?

A: Disorganized space of any kind. My mind is not at peace until I put things in order, so I am constantly rectifying things and trying to find the most efficient use of space in my head or in my space. physical. This is reflected in my work as I strive for the most effective communications and direct my thoughts.

Q: The best part of your job?

A: In work and employment, the stories, the ones you can’t make up. What makes it the best are the people I work with here in Minneapolis in particular and our national Littler family.

Q: The least preferred?

A: Awaiting court decisions. You spend so much time preparing your case, defending your position, going through the facts, and then it’s like forever waiting for a court decision.

Q: Favorite activity outside of work?

A: Walks with my husband, our three boys and our dog. We walk, talk and laugh, and it usually ends with an ice cream.

Q: Where would you take someone to visit your hometown?

A: I grew up in a small town in Southeast Massachusetts. I should take you for a walk in Borderland State Park. It was there that I learned to appreciate nature and the importance of its preservation. So I should probably take you out for pizza at the South Shore bar. It is a true delicacy of the “mass” south-east.

Q: Legal figure that you admire the most?

A: Every day I am overcome with admiration for the lawyers I work with here in Minneapolis. They give me a daily dose of inspiration to do better and be better. In the grand scheme, it must be RBG [Ruth Bader Ginsburg]. She was brilliant and brave, real and relatable. She challenged injustices so deeply rooted and which we are still seeking to correct.

Q: The misconception that others have about your work as a lawyer?

A: That there is a quick and easy answer to every question. There are black and white answers, but more often than not there are quite a few nuances that require digging into the facts to find the right answer and come up with options.

Q: Favorite lawyer book, movie or TV show?

A: For a film, “On the basis of sex”. It’s such a well-done historical account of RBG’s life and its journey to make a difference. And then earlier in my life, on television, I loved “Night Court”.

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