B.A., University of California, Berkeley 1978
J.D., Hastings College of the Law, 1982
Leslie Levy brings a lifelong passion for social justice to her employment discrimination law practice. In addition to representing employees, her record includes pioneering lawsuits against sexually harassing landlords and perpetrators of violence against women and children. Leslie has also successfully brought suit against BART forcing it to install edge detection for blind and low vision users as well as independent elevator access. Leslie remains committed to the practice of law as a vehicle for progressive social change.
Her primary focus is representing employees, especially women, who have faced or are facing discrimination or harassment on the job. She also represents victims of sexual abuse by professionals, such as doctors, therapists and teachers, and of sexual harassment in housing situations. Leslie believes in empowering her clients to be an active part in the decision-making process of their cases.
Leslie has been recognized as one of Northern California’s Super Lawyers in Employment each year from 2005 to the present by San Francisco Magazine. In August 2017, Leslie was invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation only organization whose members are accomplished trial lawyers, whose members have all tried at least 10 jury trials to verdict. She has been an adjunct professor at both the University of San Francisco School of Law and New College of the Law, and is a speaker at numerous legal conferences. She has authored articles, contributed chapters to legal reference books and practice manuals, and drafted California civil rights legislation. She is the recipient of the Hastings College of Law’s Clara Foltz Award for distinguished service to women. She is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law, and has a Philosophy degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Leslie has volunteered for years at the Marine Mammal Center and the Gulf of the Farallons Marine National Sanctuary. An avid environmentalist and lover of the outdoors, she also enjoys kayaking and birdwatching.