Leslie_A__Fales

Senior Associate

Leslie A. Fales

Location

1401 Willow Pass Road
Suite 700
Concord, CA 94520
P (925) 222-3400
F (925) 356-8250

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Bio

Leslie is a senior associate in the Northern California office. Her practice focuses on a wide array of issues, including construction and general liability. Prior to joining Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman, Leslie practiced in a small civil litigation firm, representing clients in business, real property, construction defect and common interest development litigation.

Leslie attended the University of San Francisco School of Law. While at USF, Leslie served as the president of the Women’s Law Association and competed on the USF Advanced Trial Team, placing second in the annual San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Mock Trial Competition. Leslie has received extensive litigation training, competing in the Intensive Advocacy Program hosted by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. There, she received the John L. Brennan Award, which is given to the competitor who showed the most creativity and innovation in advocacy.

Leslie’s previous work experiences include certified clerkships with the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office and the Workers’ Compensation Division of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. Leslie also spent a semester doing clinical work with the USF Employment Law Clinic, one of the most comprehensive of its kind in the United States. There, she represented clients in administrative hearings before the Merit Systems Protection Board and in wage and hour hearings before the San Francisco Labor Commissioner. Before entering law school, Leslie spent five years working in the Office of Legal Affairs at the UC Berkeley Campus.

Education

University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D., 2012)

University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 2004)

Licensed to Practice in:

California

Practice Areas

Construction
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  • Defense of developers and contractors in complex multi-party litigation involving commercial and residential properties.
  • Cases range from single family home disputes to actions involving hundreds of properties.
Employment
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  • Represents employers in all phases of employment litigation, including trial.
  • Defends employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment.
  • Represents employers during all phases of EEOC and DFEH investigations.
General Liability and Casualty
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  • Defense of businesses and individuals in a wide variety of claims regarding negligent and intentional acts, including automobile accidents, assault and battery, sexual assault, and construction site accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries.
  • Defense of business establishments against injury claims involving third parties.
Mold and Water Damage
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  • Defense of property owners, builders and developers in bodily injury litigation related to water intrusion and mold exposure.

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Awards & Accomplishments

Merit Scholar - University of San Francisco School of Law, 2012

Four-time Alumni Leadership Scholar - University of California, Berkeley

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