Leslie E. Wallis

Shareholder Los Angeles

Leslie Wallis has represented employers in all aspects of employment law. Leslie joined Ogletree Deakins in 2007 as part of the merger of Ogletree Deakins and Lewis Fisher Henderson & Claxton, a labor and employment law firm with offices in Tennessee, Mississippi and California. Leslie also served as in-house counsel at a financial institution representing the bank in a broad range of litigation matters, including trial work as well as monitoring outside counsel for the bank as both plaintiff and defendant in breach of contract, real property disputes, commercial transactions, construction defect, wrongful termination and related employee disputes. Leslie continues to litigate employment matters at Ogletree Deakins in addition to spending a significant amount of her time advising clients on a broad range of employment issues, auditing employment practices and policies and responding to administrative charges. Leslie also provides training in the areas of harassment, discrimination and wage and hour issues and workplace investigations.

Prior to beginning her legal career, Leslie studied with the Royal Ballet in London, England and then earned her Bachelor’s degree in ballet at Indiana University. Following her career as a ballet dancer in the U.S. and abroad she returned to California to study law at UCLA.

Leslie was an associate editor of the UCLA Law Review and a judicial extern to the Honorable Harry Pregerson on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.


Leslie has handled a broad range of employment related litigation including the defense of wage and hour class actions under state law and the Fair Labor Standards Act for financial institutions, manufacturing industry clients, service industry clients and sports related entities. She has litigated discrimination and harassment claims, trade secret and unfair competition cases, defamation, breach of contract, as well as statutory violations and wage and hour claims filed by individual plaintiffs. Leslie also handles charges filed with the DFEH and EEOC. She has worked extensively with hospitals and healthcare clients on a wide range of issues and also has significant experience with clients in such wide ranging areas as financial institutions, manufacturing plants, airlines, medical suppliers, the sports and entertainment industries and clients in the non-profit arena.  

Leslie’s has extensively advised employers in many industries on labor and employment issues, wage and hour issues and drafting personnel policies and procedures and handbooks. She has also conducted sensitive investigations for a range of clients. Leslie’s client advice also extends to a broad range of industries regarding disciplinary matters, leave policies, arbitration and contract provisions and general employment best practices.

Leslie has also provided training across the country on a variety of topics including extensive training in harassment and discrimination, leaves and accommodation, and workplace investigations.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Certified Mediator - Los Angeles County Courts
  • President-Elect, Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Take a Deep Breath: Mindfulness Programs in the Workplace'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association - ''When Law Firms Downsize: Racial, Gender and Age Bias Claims as Pink Slips Proliferate'' - nationwide simulcast - November 05, 2010
  • Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court - ''Bad Advice: Holding Government Lawyers Accountable, The Trial of John Yoo'' - Los Angeles - May 06, 2010
  • 2009 Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court - ''Movie Madness: Cross-Examination'' - Los Angeles - March 2009
  • Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court - ''Move over Alex Trebek . . . It’s time for Punitive Damages Jeopardy'' - Los Angeles - April 05, 2007
  • Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court - ''Law Firm Affairs'' - Los Angeles - November 03, 2005
  • Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court - ''Trial Tactics: Opening Statements and Closing Arguments, Challenges and Pitfalls'' - Los Angeles - May 05, 2004

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Media Quotes

May 2018 - ABA Journal - "4 strategies for effectively implementing a mindfulness program"
June 29, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Workplace Romance: Who-Dates-Who Might Surprise You"
April 03, 2017 - Daily Journal - "New flexible work plans at top firms reignite debate"