Leigh A. White

Orange County Office
(949) 622-1661, ext 1446
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If I Wasn’t a Lawyer I’d Be: A book reviewer

Toughest Job: Lifeguard at the Fayetteville Public Pool

Favorite Teams: Her daughters’ travel fastpitch softball teams

Originally from Arkansas

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About Leigh

In her over two decades of defending and advising employers, Leigh A. White has successfully resolved complex litigation and disputes, ranging from individual claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour class actions, and trade secret allegations.  When defending clients against these types of claims, White brings her focused determination and her tried and true experience to the courtroom.

She has defended employers in numerous jury and bench trials, as well as in arbitration, in cases involving allegations of national origin discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, race discrimination, retaliation, gender discrimination, and wage and hour violations.  Additionally, White has successfully defended favorable decisions in state appellate courts and has obtained summary judgment for dozens of large corporations with major California workforces.

For over a decade, White has also been on the front lines defending California employers since the rash of wage and hour class actions began.  Her experience includes assisting in defeating class certification, achieving advantageous settlements, and preparing and defending employers at trial in these high stakes cases.  She is one of the few California attorneys who has taken a wage and hour class action to trial before a jury.

White forms a partnership with clients and identifies their business goals to help guide creative strategies to litigation challenges.  As part of her workplace solutions, advice, and training, White helps modify national company policies and systems to comply with California law specifics, and trains human resources departments on complex California employment law issues.

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Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, J.D., 1993

  • Order of the Coif 
  • Journal of Air Law & Commerce, Notes & Comments Editor, 1992-93

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, B.S.B.A, Finance Management and Accounting, 1990

Written Opinions

Prehodka v. Hyundai Motor America, 2011 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1930 (March 16, 2011)

Chmielewski v. Target Corp., 2008 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 3918 (May 14, 2008)

Hernandez v. Target Corp., 2008 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1329 (Feb. 19, 2008)

Hood v. BAX Global Inc., 2004 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6867 (July 22, 2004)


“Pay Equity” Co-Presenter, Mathison’s Pay Equity Summit, in partnership with Ashby and OpenComp, May 2023

"California Fair Pay Act And Related Requirements – What California Employers Should Know," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, April 2023

“Internal Pay Equity Audits,” Hospital Association of Southern California, October 2022

"The Intersection of California and Federal Leave of Absence Laws as Workplaces Struggle with COVID-19," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, October 2021

"What California Employers Need to Know About Wage & Hour Class Actions and PAGA Lawsuits," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, September 2018

"How to Comply With the California Fair Pay Act & Avoid Litigation," CDF Webinar Series, October 2017

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Named, Best Lawyers®, "Lawyer of the Year" in Class Action Defense, Irvine, CA, 2020 & 2024

Listed, Best Lawyers®, Class Actions Defense, Irvine, CA, 2016 - 2024

Listed, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2018 & 2020 - 2023

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