Lara C. de Leon

Shareholder Orange County

Lara de Leon represents employers of all sizes in all aspects of employment law, including employment litigation and counseling.  She has extensive experience defending clients in federal and state courts, arbitrations and before administrative agencies, including actions alleging wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, disability, leave of absence, and wrongful termination claims.

In addition to litigation, Lara regularly advises, counsels and trains clients on a wide array of employment-related matters, such as terminations and reductions in force, employee discipline, pre-employment screening and hiring, internal investigations, leaves of absence, workplace accommodations, wage and hour compliance, pay equity and other matters of legal compliance. 

Lara also spent ten years as in-house employment counsel for two large publicly-traded companies.  She is currently co-chair of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice Group.


Experience

  • Obtained Jury Verdict and dismissal for client in a state court lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and sexual battery.
  • Obtained Favorable Arbitration decision and subsequent judgment for client against a former employee’s claims involving disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, wrongful termination and interference and retaliation in violation of the California Family Rights Act.
  • Obtained Summary Judgment and complete dismissal for client in a current employee’s state court lawsuit involving claims of age and religious discrimination, failure to accommodate religious practices, and retaliation.
  • Obtained Partial Summary Judgment for client in federal court in connection with former employee’s claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, wrongful termination and interference and retaliation in violation of the California Family Rights Act.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Orange County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • State Bar of Texas (Labor-Employment Section)

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins’ Labor & Employment Counsel Exclusive Seminar - ''The Intersection of the ADA and FMLA: Key Strategies for Managing Complex Leave Issues'' - Phoenix - November 12, 2015
  • Business Management Daily Webinar - ''Pregnancy-Related HR Issues, Bundles of Joy, Bushels of Paperwork & Legal Risks'' - October 23, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''The Right Things to Do to Avoid Wrongful Termination Claims'' - Costa Mesa - October 21, 2015
  • Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA), California HR Conference - ''Jerks at Work'' - Anaheim - September 01, 2015
  • Business Management Daily Webinar - ''Pregnancy-Related HR Issues, Bundles of Joy, Bushels of Paperwork & Legal Risks'' - May 22, 2015
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Sports and Entertainment Committee Legal Quick Hit Webinar - ''Bring Your Own Device Policies'' - May 19, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''What to Expect When Your Employees Are Expecting'' - San Antonio - May 14, 2015
  • The Labor and Employment Section of The State Bar of California, 21st Annual Public Sector Conference - ''Accommodations and Interaction: Best Practices for Handling Requests'' - Berkeley - April 24, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins’ Navigating California Employment Law Seminar (Moderator) - ''Employment Law Pressure Points-High Intensity California Issues'' - Napa - February 26, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''The Interactive Process Under the ADA and FEHA'' - Costa Mesa - November 05, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins’ Labor & Employment Counsel Exclusive Seminar - ''Telecommuting, Workplace Cursing, and Occasional Napping – An Employer’s Ever-Expanding Obligation to Provide Accommodations Under the ADA'' - Dana Point - September 19, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Disability Accommodations and the Interactive Process: Steps to Take, Shortcuts to Avoid, and Traps for the Unwary'' - August 15, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Bring Your Own Device, Beware Your Lost Data'' - Las Vegas - May 09, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - ''Disabling Business (and Enabling Lawsuits) – Special Nuances to Disability Laws in the Golden State'' - Napa - March 28, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Navigating the Interactive Process'' - Costa Mesa - October 15, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Eye on Employment Law: A Review of California Legal Developments and How They Impact Your Business'' - Costa Mesa - October 23, 2012

Our Insights

Media

Media Quotes

January 18 - January 8, 2016 - SHRM.org - "Alcoholics Must Be Accommodated"
January 17, 2016 - Business Insurance - "Employers walk a fine line in accommodating alcoholic workers"

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