Lara C. de Leon
Lara de Leon represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment litigation and counseling. She advises and defends clients in federal and state employment-related lawsuits and agency claims, including actions alleging discrimination, harassment, disability, leave of absence, and wrongful termination claims.
In addition to litigation, Lara regularly provides advice to employers regarding litigation avoidance and compliance with federal and state laws and administrative regulations on matters such as employee discipline, hiring and termination issues; terminations and reductions in force; leaves of absence; wage and hour issues; pay equity; internal investigations; workplace accommodations; and other issues arising in the human resources context. Her practice has also involved advising employers on strategies for remaining union-free, and counseling government contractors on OFCCP compliance.
Lara also has extensive experience defending employers before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and various other federal and state agencies.
Prior to re-joining Ogletree Deakins, Ms. de Leon was in-house employment counsel, first as Senior Managing Counsel for Dell Inc. in Round Rock, Texas, and most recently as the Director of Employment Law and Employee Relations at Life Technologies Corporation, headquartered in Carlsbad, California.
Education and Honors
J.D., cum laude, University of Houston Law Center, 1998
B.A., high honors, Government, University of Texas at Austin, 1995
- San Diego County Bar Association
- Orange County Bar Association
- State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law Section)
- State Bar of Texas (Labor-Employment Section)
In The News
- January 2015 - California Labor & Employment Law Review - "The Interactive Process Dance: What Happens When the Music Stops?"
- August 13, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Under New California Law—No Proof of Sexual Desire Required to Prove Sexual Harassment"
- April 29, 2013 - Ogletree Deakins Publication - "California Court Rejects Managers’ Overtime Misclassification Class Action"
- April 8, 2013 - Business Management Daily - "Appeals Court Decision Shows Perils of Pregnancy Bias Lawsuits"
- October 22, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Religious Dress and Grooming Are Now Protected under the FEHA"
- February 1999 - Texas Labor Letter - "Can Progressive Employment Policies Expose A Company To Liability?"
- 1998 - 20 Hou. J. Int'l. L. 141 - "The Hague Convention On The Civil Aspects Of International Child Abduction As Applied To Non-Convention Countries: Getting To Square One"