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Leo Q. Li

Associate

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-9307
Fax: (310) 551-8353
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Mr. Li is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is a member of the Labor & Employment Department and focuses his practice on wage & hour class action and collective action litigation, employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, misclassification, breach of contract, disability, reasonable accommodation and access issues, and unfair business practice litigation under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200 in both state and federal court.
 
Mr. Li has successful defeated class certification and obtained summary judgment in several wage and hour class action cases. Mr. Li has also negotiated and obtained several favorable settlements in both class action and single plaintiff litigations.
 
Mr. Li has successfully defended both domestic and foreign employers in a wide array of industries, including industrial manufacturing, distribution and manufacturing logistics, education, insurance, aerospace, retail, restaurant, natural resources, and professional environmental services.
 
Mr. Li also has assisted companies in large employment-related transactions such as wage & hour compliance audits, DLSE audits and investigations, and contract negotiations, as well as advising employers with respect to employment policies and employee handbooks.
 
Mr. Li is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Mr. Li is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is a member of the Labor & Employment Department and focuses his practice on wage & hour class action and collective action litigation, employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, misclassification, breach of contract, disability, reasonable accommodation and access issues, and unfair business practice litigation under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200 in both state and federal court.
 
Mr. Li has successful defeated class certification and obtained summary judgment in several wage and hour class action cases. Mr. Li has also negotiated and obtained several favorable settlements in both class action and single plaintiff litigations.
 
Mr. Li has successfully defended both domestic and foreign employers in a wide array of industries, including industrial manufacturing, distribution and manufacturing logistics, education, insurance, aerospace, retail, restaurant, natural resources, and professional environmental services.
 
Mr. Li also has assisted companies in large employment-related transactions such as wage & hour compliance audits, DLSE audits and investigations, and contract negotiations, as well as advising employers with respect to employment policies and employee handbooks.
 
Mr. Li is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Education

  • J.D., Loyola Law School at Los Angeles (2013)
    Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
    Sayre Macneil Scholar
    Loyola Jesuit Community Scholar
    Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association Scholar
    Extern to Hon. Dolly M. Gee, U.S. District Court For the Central District Of California
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley (2008)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court For the Central, Eastern, and Northern District Of California

Affiliations

  • State Bar of California - Labor and Employment Section

Representative Engagements

  • Southern California Pizza Wage and Hour Cases, 2016 WL 4089198 (Orange County Superior Court 2016) (obtaining partial decertification of a wage statement subclass, holding that the 2013 amendment to Labor Code § 226 has no retroactive effect and individualized issues predominate regarding the injury requirement)
  • Southern California Pizza Wage and Hour Cases, 2016 WL 3513505 (Orange County Superior Court 2016) (denying class certification in a case filed on behalf of 25,000 employees of one of the largest franchisees of Pizza Hut restaurants, alleging failure to reimburse expenses for making pizza deliveries; the court denied class certification on the grounds that individualized issues predominated regarding any alleged underpayment of actual expenses incurred by each employee)
  • Alvarez v. Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., 2016 WL 1243566 (Los Angeles Superior Court 2016) (granting summary judgment for the employer as to a class of over 1,100 current and former employees alleging misclassification after receiving a pay cut following a three-year furlough program)
  • Kizer v. TRISTAR Risk Mgt., 2015 WL 10372896 (Orange County Superior Court 2015) (denying class certification based on alleged misclassification of over 600 insurance claims examiners as exempt employees)
  • Lopez v. Aerotek, Inc., 2015 WL 4504691 (C.D. Cal. 2015) (granting motion to dismiss on several wage and hour claims, as well as claims for discrimination and retaliation)

Presentations

  • "California Wage and Hour Issues: What You Need to Know For 2017," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 7, 2016)

Publications