Lara C. de Leon

Shareholder Orange County | San Antonio

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 currently co-chairs the firm’s Life Sciences Practice Group and the Pay Equity Practice Group.


Experience

  • Obtained appellate court reversal of trial court ruling denying motion to compel arbitration of employment claims.
  • Obtained Favorable Arbitration decision for a client against a former employee's claims involving sexual harassment, sexual assault and retaliation.
  • 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)
  • California Women Lawyers Association
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association

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August 04, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Viewpoint: Firing for Cause Beats Position Eliminations Every Time"
August 04, 2016 - SHRM.org - "Viewpoint: Firing for Cause Beats Position Eliminations Every Time"
January 17, 2016 - Business Insurance - "Employers walk a fine line in accommodating alcoholic workers"

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