Lara C. de Leon

Shareholder Orange County

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.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • 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)

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Media Quotes

March, 2015 - SHRM Online - "Workplace Biometric Technology Outpacing the Law"
January, 2015 - California Labor & Employment Law Review - "The Interactive Process Dance: What Happens When the Music Stops?"
April, 2013 - Business Management Daily - "Appeals Court Decision Shows Perils of Pregnancy Bias Lawsuits"

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