Li-An C. Leonard, Attorney

(619) 209-3031 direct
(619) 209-3000 main
101 West Broadway, Suite 1700
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 209-3043 fax

Li-An is the co-chair of the firm's employment practice group. She counsels clients on a wide range of employment matters, from hiring employees to terminating the employment relationship. She assists clients in complying with California and federal wage and hour laws. She also guides clients through the maze of California and federal statutes and regulations which govern the various leaves employers are required to provide eligible employees.

Li-An regularly reviews and prepares offer letters, employee policies and handbooks, employment agreements, and severance and release agreements. She also prepares confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements to help clients protect their proprietary information.

In addition, Li-An counsels clients on discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims. She assists with administrative proceedings before California and federal agencies on employment-related issues, which includes responding to charges or claims filed with such agencies.  She also assists clients with investigating and responding to unfair labor practice claims filed with the National Labor Relations Board.

Li-An prepares, reviews and negotiates the terms of various loan documents when clients are lending or borrowing money. She also assists clients in preparing and reviewing commercial leases and related documents.

Li-An has an AV® Preeminent™ peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell for Labor & Employment Law, 2012 and has been recognized as Martindale Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.


University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1986

Point Loma College, B.A., Psychology, magna cum laude, 1980

State Bar of California

San Diego County Bar Association

National Human Resources Association

Willful Misclassification of Independent Contractors

Effective January 1, 2012, California Labor Code section 226.8 prohibits any person or employer from engaging in the willful misclassification of individuals as independent contractors as opposed to employees. "Willful" is defined as voluntary and intentional.

NLRB - Effective Date of Mandatory Employee Rights Poster Delayed

Last August, the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") issued a final rule requiring most private employers, regardless of whether they are unionized or not, to post a mandatory poster notifying employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA").

Brinker . . . Finally! (California Supreme Court clarifies meal period and rest break rights & obligations)

The California Supreme Court finally issued its long awaited decision in Brinker Restaurant Corporation, et al., v. Superior Court of San Diego County, on April 12, 2012. California employers and employees (and their attorneys) have been waiting for this decision to clarify their rights and obligations under California law with respect to providing meal periods and rest breaks to non-exempt employees.

Employment Law 2014-Do not Forget

Wage Theft Act

The Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011 added some new statutes and amended several existing ones to provide additional protections and rights to employees under California law. For example, existing law requires employers to post specified wage and hour information in a location where it can be viewed by employees.

New Year... New Laws

It is a New Year and, not surprisingly, there are new laws which impact California employers. Some of the new employment laws for 2014 which may affect your business are highlighted below.