Leah M. Farmer focuses her practice on labor and employment law. Leah represents clients in state and federal courts, and in response to investigations by government agencies like the EEOC. She advises and defends employers in numerous employment law areas, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour compliance, workplace investigations, whistleblower allegations, and traditional labor matters. She has extensive experience conducting confidential fact-finding investigations following allegations of employee misconduct and/or noncompliance with federal or state requirements. Leah also regularly counsels clients on litigation-avoidance strategies, including advising clients on matters ranging from predictive scheduling laws, paid sick leave, short and long-term leave policies and practices, reasonable accommodation requests, employee handbook audits and continuing compliance with state and federal laws, and, risk assessments related to restrictive covenants, trade secrets, and employment contracts.
Prior to joining the firm, Leah worked as an associate in the Chicago, Illinois offices of an international law firm and a boutique Midwest law firm representing employers in labor and employment litigation, counseling, and training matters.
Leah was recognized as “Rising Star” in 2018, 2019 and 2020 for Labor and Employment Law by Super Lawyers magazine. She was recognized in 2021 as one of the "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" for Management Labor & Employment Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Leah was named an “Emerging Lawyer” for Employment Law in 2020 and the three years immediately preceding by the Law Bulletin. She was recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Service to the DePaul Community Award from DePaul University College of Law.
Leah is passionate about volunteering and has invested her time and energy with a variety of nonprofits, educational institutions, and other community-based entities. She is also a proud rescuer of dogs, seasoned improv comedy performer, certified SCUBA diver, and University of Georgia football fan.
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DePaul University College of Law J.D. (2013) Public Interest Law Certificate, cum laude, Order of the Barristers
University of Georgia B.A. (2009) Political Science
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Supreme Court
Giving Grace, Volunteer (2019-present)
Constitutional Rights Foundation, Lawyers in the Classroom, Volunteer (2016-2019)
Center for Conflict Resolution, Auxiliary Board Member (2018-2019)
DePaul University College of Law Alumni Engagement Board, Founding Member (2016-2019)
CBA Alliance for Women, Executive Committee, Member (2018-2019)
Federal Bar Association – Chicago Chapter, Young Lawyers Committee, Member (2015-Present)
Illinois Action for Children, Associates Board, Member (2011-2017)
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