Leah A. Williams

Associate

Cleveland
T 216.861.7860  |  F 216.696.0740

Leah Williams concentrates on employment litigation and employment class actions. She defends employers against claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment, while also handling wage and hour matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the California Labor Code.

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  • Serves as in-house counsel to a not-for-profit agency, providing employment advice, including responses to requests for accommodation and drafting disciplinary documents. Drafts employment manuals, employment applications, noncompetition, confidentiality, work-for-hire, and non-solicitation agreements, separation agreements, and other employment-related documents for many other clients.
  • Assists in defending an information technology services company against nationwide and California wage and hour class actions. Supervises factual and legal research teams, including teams responsible for interviewing dozens of managers with purpose of gathering evidence in support of opposition to class certification.
  • Successfully represented corporate and non-profit clients in dozens of EEOC and state agency proceedings, including drafting statements of position, responding to requests for information and representing employers in on-site interviews. Obtained a favorable ruling after representing a medical services company through all stages of an EEOC investigation, including investigating the allegations set forth in the charge of discrimination, drafting a position statement, responding to multiple requests for information, and representing employees interviewed by the investigating agency. Has obtained favorable rulings in charges of discrimination involving reductions in force, wrongful termination, demotions and other discipline, negative performance assessments, failure to promote, misconduct, race, age, disability, sex, and pregnancy discrimination, failure to accommodate, retaliation, and race, age, disability, and sex harassment.
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Experience

  • First-chaired arbitrations in matters alleging breach of contract, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment. Obtained a defense award for a Fortune 500 retailer in a matter alleging retaliation, discrimination and harassment.
  • Serves as in-house counsel to a not-for-profit agency, providing employment advice, including responses to requests for accommodation and drafting disciplinary documents. Drafts employment manuals, employment applications, noncompetition, confidentiality, work-for-hire, and non-solicitation agreements, separation agreements, and other employment-related documents for many other clients. 
  • Conducts on-site and remote investigations of inappropriate conduct, policy violations, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. 
  • Assists in defending an information technology services company against nationwide and California wage and hour class actions. Supervises factual and legal research teams, including teams responsible for interviewing dozens of managers with purpose of gathering evidence in support of opposition to class certification.
  • Engages in significant motion practice, successfully obtaining summary judgment and dismissal in multiple matters. Assisted in disability discrimination and retaliation wrongful discharge claim. Drafted motion to dismiss, which resulted in dismissal of the complaint (which included claims of disability discrimination, retaliatory discharge, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and wrongful discharge in violation of public policy) in its entirety.
  • Successfully represented corporate and non-profit clients in dozens of EEOC and state agency proceedings, including drafting statements of position, responding to requests for information and representing employers in on-site interviews. Obtained a favorable ruling after representing a medical services company through all stages of an EEOC investigation, including investigating the allegations set forth in the charge of discrimination, drafting a position statement, responding to multiple requests for information, and representing employees interviewed by the investigating agency. Has obtained favorable rulings in charges of discrimination involving reductions in force, wrongful termination, demotions and other discipline, negative performance assessments, failure to promote, misconduct, race, age, disability, sex, and pregnancy discrimination, failure to accommodate, retaliation, and race, age, disability, and sex harassment.

Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Community

  • American Sickle Cell Anemia Association: Board Member 
  • Transitional Housing, Inc.: Board Member

Services

Prior Positions

  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Kenneth S. McHargh, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (2004 to 2006)
  • Duvin, Cahn and Hutton (2002 to 2004)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2003
  • Ohio, 2002

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2002
  • B.A., History, Ohio University, 1999, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa