M. Leah Cameron

San Francisco Office
(415) 981-3233, ext 1204
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When I'm Not At Work: I am usually parenting a toddler, playing music or renovating my 120 year old home.

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Leah Cameron advises and defends California employers through all aspects of the employment relationship including defending against claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour issues.  She is an experienced trial and appellate attorney, representing clients in class actions and single plaintiff cases in California state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies such as the DLSE and DFEH.

Her experience includes extensive work on the appellate team that secured the seminal California Supreme Court decision in Duran v. U.S. Bank, 59 Cal.4th 1 (2014), which helped shape class certification and trial management principles in exemption cases.  She has also successfully settled numerous class action and single plaintiff lawsuits prior to and during litigation.  In addition, as an experienced trial attorney, prior to joining CDF Ms. Cameron worked as a prosecutor successfully trying numerous jury trials to verdict.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Cameron values the importance of a proactive advice and counseling practice, regularly providing training and advice to clients in the areas of risk management and litigation avoidance, keeping them informed of changing laws and best practices in the challenging California legal climate. 

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University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010

  • Witkin Award: Negotiation and Settlement, Theoretical Criminology
  • CALI Award: Negotiation and Settlement, Theoretical Criminology
  • Hastings Trial Team, 2008-2010

Wheaton College, B.M., magna cum laude, 2007

Judicial Extern to the Pro Se Department in the chambers of Hon. Vaughn R. Walker, U.S. District Judge, Northern District of California, Fall 2009


"Annual Labor and Employment Law Update for Wineries & Vineyards," Sonoma County Vintners, December 2021

"Sexual Harassment Prevention Training," Sonoma County Vintners, April 2021

"California’s Patchwork of Local Employment Ordinances – a Minefield For the Unwary," Panelist, CDF Webinar Series, February 2021

“California Labor & Employment Law Update: Review of 2018 & What You Need to Know for 2019,” Sonoma County Vintners, January 2019

“California Labor and Employment Law Review for Wineries and Vineyards Workshop,” Sonoma County Vintners, July 2018

"How Employers In The Wine Industry Can Maximize Social Media Use While Minimizing Liability," Wine Industry Conference, December 2017

"Local Ordinances: Understanding California’s Patchwork of Local Employment Regulations," CDF Webinar Series, June 2017

"Sexual Harassment Prevention Training," CDF Client On-Site Training, Regular Presenter

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

State Bar of California, 2010 - present

  • Employment Law Section, 2013

Sonoma County Bar Association – Labor and Employment section, 2015 - present

Sonoma County Vintners, 2017 - present

Women for Winesense, 2018 - present

Civic Activities

Board Member, Rancho De Los Amigos

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