Leah S. Freed

Office Managing Shareholder || Phoenix

Ms. Freed is the Managing Shareholder of the Phoenix office. Ms. Freed has exclusively practiced management-side labor and employment law throughout her career. Ms. Freed is a skilled and experienced litigator who regularly defends employers against claims of race, gender, disability, and age discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, FMLA claims, and wage and hour violations before federal and state courts and various administrative agencies.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Freed regularly advises employers on day-to-day employment issues, litigation avoidance and compliance with state and federal employment laws. Ms. Freed has substantial experience advising employers on internal investigations, reasonable accommodations and leave issues, employee discipline and termination, wage and hour compliance, personnel policies and handbooks, reductions in force, drug testing, trade secrets, workplace torts, as well as negotiating and drafting employment, restrictive covenant and severance agreements.

Ms. Freed is a truly national partner to her clients. Ms. Freed has handled lawsuits in a number of jurisdictions, including the state courts of Alabama, Arizona, California and Colorado, along with federal lawsuits in the following jurisdictions: the District of Arizona, the Southern District of California, the District of Colorado, the Eastern District of Louisiana, the District of New Mexico, the District of Ohio, the District of Oregon, the District of Minnesota, the District of South Carolina, the Western District of Tennessee, and the Southern District of Texas. She has also successfully handled multiple appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits.

Ms. Freed currently serves on the firm’s Management Committee.

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Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2001
  • B.S., magna cum laude, University of Arizona, 1998

Admittance to Practice

  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Ninth Circuits

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona (Labor and Employment Section)

Speeches

  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Headline News: The Perfect Start to Managing a Workforce in 2019" - Scottsdale - October 26, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Headline News - The Perfect Start to Managing a Workforce in 2018" - Scottsdale - October 20, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Managing Millennials And Combining The Generations For A Productive Workplace" - Scottsdale - October 20, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Leaves, Leaves, and More Leaves! Successfully Managing the Most Difficult Situations" - San Diego - May 3, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Bundles of Joy – Pregnancy and Reproductive Issues in the Workplace" - Scottsdale - October 3, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce 2014 - "Eye on Employment" - Scottsdale - October 4, 2013
  • September 30, 2016 - Phoenix Business Journal - "Overtime pay issue bringing businesses to lawyers"
  • September 30, 2016 - The List - "Overtime pay issue bringing businesses to lawyers"
  • September 13, 2016 - The Phoenix Business Journal - "Election 2016: There's trepidation and some peril of talking about 'The Donald' at work"
  • December 18, 2014 - AZ Business - "Law Firms Prepare Millennials for the Business of Law"
  • October 30, 2014 - Arizona Business Magazine - "Arizona's Most Influential Women in Business"
  • June 14, 2013 - Phoenix Business Journal - "Executive Profile: Attorney Climbs Ladder, Plants Arizona Roots"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Ranked in Chambers USA
  • Arizona Business Leader – Arizona Business Magazine (2020)
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona – Arizona Business Magazine (2015-present)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2015-present)
  • Leading Lawyer for Business, Chambers and Partners USA (2018)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014)
  • Southwest Super Lawyer (2015-present)
  • Arizona’s Most Influential Women in Business Recipient (2014)