Ogletree Deakins • Portland, Oregon
Visibility and Networking
The KOIN Center
222 SW Columbia Street, Suite 1500
Portland, Oregon 97201
Leah C. Lively is an experienced trial attorney, exclusively defending employers from claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour violations. Leah has tried more than 40 jury trials in multiple states and jurisdictions during her career.
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 in a letter as “everything a good litigator should be. She was completely prepared on every issue, clear and convincing to the jury[.]”
In addition to her trial experience and expertise in defending employment-related claims, Leah has significant experience defending wage and hour claims, including class actions. 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 at trial.
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 recommended by Chambers USA for Labor and Employment (2008-2010), and is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an exclusive, invitation-only society honoring effectiveness and accomplishment in the law.
Activities, Awards, AcknowledgmentsOregon State Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section), California State Bar (Labor & Employment Section), Children’s Relief Nursery (Board of Directors)
- College: B.S., honors received, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, 1993
- Law School: J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, 1996 (National Champion Team – Environm