Leslie Abbott is a partner in the Los Angeles Employment Law Department of Paul Hastings LLP, where she has practiced since 1991. She previously served as Global Employment Law Department Vice Chair-West Coast, and Chair of the Los Angeles Employment Law Department. Her practice includes the representation of employers in all aspects of employment law.
Ms. Abbott is a Co-Chair of the firm’s nationwide Wage and Hour practice group. She focuses her practice on defending complex class and PAGA representative actions. She handles investigations and audits by the Department of Labor and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, provides advice and training on wage and hour best practices, and conducts pay and classification compliance audits. Ms. Abbott also handles complex individual and systemic discrimination lawsuits and government investigations. She advises extensively on disability and leave laws.
Ms. Abbott repeatedly has been selected by her peers for listing in The Best Lawyers in America and California Super Lawyers. She is recognized in Chambers USA, Labor and Employment, The Legal 500, and she is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Ms. Abbott was honored in the Daily Journal’s 2015 list of “Leading Labor and Employment Lawyers in California,” and the Daily Journal’s 2014 lists of “Top 100 Women Litigators” and “Top Labor and Employment Lawyers.” She is a frequent speaker on employment law topics.
Ms. Abbott received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983, and a Diploma in International and Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics in 1985. She received her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1991, where she was an articles editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.
Ms. Abbott is Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section for 2019-2020, and is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the National Association of Women Lawyers.
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2019
May 01, 2019
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2018
May 11, 2018
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2017
June 05, 2017
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2016
June 08, 2016
Paul Hastings Extensive Practice Strength Highlighted in The Legal 500 United States 2013
June 05, 2013
Paul Hastings Soars in 2011 Edition of Legal 500 US
June 01, 2011
Best Lawyers Names 91 Lawyers to 2011 Edition of Rankings
August 16, 2010
Paul Hastings Excels in 2010 Edition of Legal 500 US
June 07, 2010
Paul Hastings Selected as The American Lawyers Labor & Employment Litigation Firm of the Year
January 06, 2010
Paul Hastings Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Northern California, Southern California, Georgia, Illinois, New York and Washington, D.C.
June 17, 2008
Paul Hastings Advises Con Edison in $1.477 Billion Sale of Generation Projects to North American Energy Alliance
December 11, 2007
Paul Hastings Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers in Southern California, Connecticut, Georgia, New York, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
May 20, 2007
Passed & Awaiting Signature: City of L.A. Extends Paid Sick Leave for Employees Affected by COVID-19
March 31, 2020
With a Win in LaFace v. Ralphs Grocery, Employers Are Now 6-0 in Suitable-Seating Cases
March 27, 2020
PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Employers May Qualify for Significant Tax Credits and Government Reimbursements to Cover Paid Coronavirus-Related Leave
March 24, 2020
Department of Labor Issues Major Update to FLSA Regulations Governing the Regular Rate of Pay
December 20, 2019
Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Increasing Salary Thresholds for Overtime Exemptions
September 27, 2019
Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l, Inc.: More Than Just Retroactive
May 10, 2019
Prior Salary in Employment Decisions: California Changes and Attempts to Clarify Recent Salary History Ban and Fair Pay Act Legislation
August 01, 2018
California Supreme Court Replaces Tests for Determining Independent Contractor Status
May 01, 2018
Preparing for Dynamex: California Supreme Court Set to Decide Legal Standard for Determining Independent Contractor Status
April 19, 2018
No Corporate Tax Deduction for Sexual Harassment or Sexual Abuse Settlements?
November 16, 2017
California Supreme Court Answers Unsettled Questions Regarding California’s “Day of Rest” Requirements
May 12, 2017
Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Significantly Increasing Salary Thresholds for Overtime Exemptions
May 19, 2016
Understanding The DOL’s Proposed Regulations On Paid Sick Leave For Federal Contractors
March 07, 2016
Department of Labor Proposes New Salary Thresholds for Overtime Exemptions and Seeks Comments on Duties Tests
July 02, 2015
Supreme Court Limits State-Action Immunity in Hospital Merger
February 27, 2013
New Tax Rules for Bonds Issued by Italian Non-Listed Corporations - A Foreign Investor's View
February 25, 2013
The FAA after American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant
February 21, 2013
Indicting a Foreign Company: Satisfying the Technical Requirements of Criminal Rule 4 by Resorting to the Civil Alter Ego Doctrine?
February 11, 2013
A Win for Employers in Brinker: Meal Periods in California Need Not Be Ensured, or Furnished on a Rolling Five-Hour Basis
April 13, 2012
2012 Resolutions: Ensure Proper Exempt Classification of Employees
December 13, 2011
California Meal Period Compliance Update: Three New Cases Offer Guidance on the Provide Versus Ensure Debate
November 07, 2007
Wage and Hour Law 2005 - The Year in Review
February 27, 2006
United States Supreme Court Holds that Walking Time Can Be Integral and Indispensible'' to a Principal Activity and Compensable Under the FLSA
November 15, 2005
Amendments to California Law Impose Additional Responsibilities on Employers
January 01, 2002
Amendments To California Law Recently Signed By Governor Davis Will Expand Employee Rights
November 01, 2000
Recognized by Chambers USA 2019
Chambers USA 2019: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 44 practice areas and named 107 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
April 26, 2019
Recognized by Chambers USA 2018
Chambers USA 2018: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 45 research areas and named 112 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
May 15, 2018
Recognized by Chambers USA 2017
Chambers USA 2017: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 46 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 05, 2017
Recognized by Chambers USA 2016
Chambers USA 2016: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 47 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 08, 2016
Recognized by the Daily Journal’s as Top Labor and Employment Lawyers for 2015
Nancy Abell, Leslie Abbott, Elena Baca, Paul Cane, Stephen Harris, Donna Melby, and
Jeffrey Wohl were recognized by the Daily Journal in its Top Labor and Employment list for 2015, which honored California’s top labor and employment lawyers. Paul Hastings received more individual rankings than any other firm.
June 03, 2015
Recognized by the Daily Journal as Top Women Lawyers for 2014
Abbott, Elena Baca, Holly House, and Donna Melby were recognized by the Daily Journal in its Top Women Lawyers list.
May 07, 2014
Recognized with an Award for Excellence by Chambers and Partners
The Firm’s Employment practice was honored with an Award for Excellence by Chambers and Partners.
May 24, 2013
Law360 Awards - Top Practice Groups of the Year
Paul Hastings' Employment Law practice was recognized as one of Law360s "Top Practice Groups of The Year."
January 02, 2013
Paul Hastings partner Leslie Abbott...
Paul Hastings partner Leslie Abbott named as one of "The Most Powerful and Influential Women in California for 2009" by California Diversity Magazine (2009).
February 19, 2009
Paul Hastings Recognized by Decideurs Strategie Finance Droit for Superb...
Paul Hastings Recognized by Decideurs Strategie Finance Droit for Superb Work in Private Equity Representation
August 25, 2008
Ranked 15 in the American Lawyer 2008 AmLaw 100 Survey
Ranked 15 in the American Lawyer 2008 AmLaw 100 Survey
May 01, 2008