Leah C. Lively exclusively defends employers from claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour violations. Leah represents and advises employers of every size, including Fortune 100 companies, non-profit organizations, and locally owned businesses. Leah appreciates that a client’s needs must be assessed and responded to on an individual basis to ensure efficient and effective representation.
Leah is an experienced trial attorney having tried more than 40 jury trials in multiple states and jurisdictions during her career. In addition to her expertise in defending single plaintiff employment claims, Leah has significant experience defending wage and hour claims, including class actions. Leah is currently lead defense counsel in a pending putative wage/hour misclassification class action in Oregon. Leah co-managed the defense of a 40,000 putative class-member case for a national restaurant chain and is one of very few lawyers nationwide to have defended a wage and hour class action to a jury. Following a defense verdict on behalf of a real estate development/investment firm, in a race discrimination and retaliation case in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the presiding federal magistrate, Jacob P. Hart, described Leah as “everything a good litigator should be. She was completely prepared on every issue, clear and convincing to the jury[.]”