Todd A. Leeson: Lawyer with Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP

Todd A. Leeson

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  • Employment & Labor
    Contact InfoTelephone: 540.983.9437
    Fax: 540.983.9400
    Mailing AddressP.O. Box 40013, Roanoke, VA, 24022-0013
    University College of William and Mary, B.A., 1986
    Law SchoolUniversity of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1989
    Admitted1989, Virginia, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1991, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia

    Todd Leeson has almost 25 years of experience defending companies in the "alphabet soup" of employment litigation (e.g., Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA and NLRA). He also regularly handles labor union matters for companies, as well as non-compete disputes that arise with departing executives. He serves on the Council for the Labor & Employment Section of The Virginia Bar Association and is the Legislative Director for the Virginia State SHRM Council. Todd is rated "AV/Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment Law.


    · Represents employers in employment-related litigation in federal and state courts in Virginia

    · Has been counsel of record in over 65 employment cases in the Western District of Virginia

    · Successfully defended companies in over 180 EEOC charges alleging various forms of harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation

    · Frequently advises companies on termination, severance, and layoff situations

    · Prevailed in labor arbitration upholding management right to modify union employee's work schedule

    · Successful defense of College in case in which student challenged suspension decision pursuant to College's Student Conduct Code

    · Achieved favorable resolution of ADA termination lawsuit filed in Virginia Federal Court

    · Prosecution of business competition, trade secret, and business conspiracy case filed against global corporation who hired executive with various restrictive convenants

    · Obtained dismissal of FMLA claim investigated by DOL

    · Favorable resolution of a non-compete and non-solicitation case filed against a corporation and a newly-hired employee

    · Favorable early resolution of an ADA termination lawsuit filed against company by a senior executive

    · Successful defense in labor arbitration of management's right to demote a union president

    · Attained summary dismissal of race and age discrimination case

    · Expediently resolved purported FLSA collective action case filed against a construction company

    · Achieved early resolution of challenging federal whistleblower claim filed against corporation

    · Obtained summary judgment for nation's largest retail pharmacy chain in ADA disability discrimination lawsuit

    · Represented one of the world's leading wealth management companies that was sued in a non-compete case in Virginia

    · Successfully prosecuted trade secrets case resulting in $245,000 settlement for local manufacturer

    · Persuaded court to dismiss a noncompete and trade secret action filed against an employer that hired a key employee

    · Obtained summary judgment in sex discrimination lawsuit filed against global retailer with operation in Virginia

    · Procured summary judgment for Fortune 100 insurer in a race discrimination case filed in Roanoke

    · Retained by Executive Officer of Fortune 500 retailer to negotiate his executive employment contract with the Company

    · Successfully represented management in several Union labor arbitration cases involving discharge or contract interpretation issues

    · Acquired summary judgment for local college in tenure denial case

    · Obtained summary judgment in ADA disability discrimination case against national bank

    · Achieved partial summary judgment for Fortune 500 automotive supplier in sexual harassment and retaliation case

    · Obtained defense verdict for local sheriff in race discrimination lawsuit; defense verdict affirmed on appeal

    · Procured dismissal of wrongful termination case filed against health care employer by terminated nurse

    · Obtained summary judgment for Fortune 500 company in Title VII equal pay case

    · Procured summary judgment for employer in FLSA overtime lawsuit

    · Represented several local businesses faced with Union organizing efforts and/or campaigns.

    · Successfully conciliated case against local construction company in which EEOC had found "cause" in support of EEOC charge

    · Obtained preliminary injunction for local software company in trade secrets and business conspiracy case

    · Successfully represented local utility company as to several unfair labor practice allegations filed against it with the National Labor Relations Board

    · Mediated employment-related cases on behalf of local companies in this region

    · Obtained dismissal of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) case filed against one of the nation's largest food service distribution companies

    · Achieved summary judgment in ADEA case arising out of reduction in force by local manufacturer

    · Negotiated conciliation of EEOC religious discrimination charge on behalf of large fast food restaurant

    · Successful defense of company in non-compete case in which company hired valuable executive from a competitor

    · Favorable resolution of trade secrets and business competition case of behalf of a company who sued departing employees and their new employer

    · Dismissal of ADA termination case filed against company by executive with alleged alcohol problems

    Published Work

    · EEOC Seeks to Provide Job Protection for LGBT Employees; Virginia Human Resources Today; Summer/Fall 2013.

    · Policy Prohibiting Wage Discussion Found Unlawful; Virginia Human Resources Today; Winter/Spring 2013.

    · Employers Face Significant Challenges Complying with the ADA Amendments Act; Virginia Human Resources Today; Summer/Fall 2012.


    · Named one of The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Employment Law - Management (2011-2014) Labor & Employment Litigation (2011-2014)

    · Named a "Legal Eagle" for Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor & Employment by Virginia Living magazine (2012)

    · Named a Top Rated Lawyer for Labor and Employment law by American Lawyer Media (2013)

    · VBA Community Servant with 50 hours or more of certified pro bono legal and nonlegal community service, The Virginia Bar Association (2004-2010)


    · Legislative Director, Virginia state SHRM Council (2012-Present)

    · Council member, Labor Relations & Employment Law Section of The Virginia Bar Association (2008-Present)

    · Board of Trustees, Taubman Museum of Art (2007-2012)

    · Board of Directors, Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce

    · Elder and Planning Committee Chair, Salem Presbyterian Church

    · Member, Federal Bar Association (2011 - Present)

    · Board member (Legislative Chair), Roanoke Valley SHRM (2007-2009)

    · Faculty Member, The Management Institute at Roanoke College (2011 - Present)

    · Past President, Downtown Roanoke Rotary Club (2004-2005)

    · Chair, Virginia State SHRM Conference (2002)

    · Past President, Roanoke Valley SHRM (2000)

    · Member, Labor & Employment Section, American Bar Association (1989-Present)

    · Member, Labor & Employment Section, Virginia Bar Association (1989-Present)

    · Member and Past President, William & Mary Roanoke Alumni Association

    · Graduate, Trial Advocacy Institute of UVA Law School (2000)

    · Frequent speaker for SHRM and business groups in Virginia

    · Author of dozens of employment law articles


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    What Should an Employer Say (If Anything) in a Termination Letter?
    Todd A. Leeson, August 17, 2013
    As a management employment lawyer, I am often asked to provide legal advice to a Virginia company as to a termination decision. If the company decides to terminate an employee, we typically then discuss how the decision will be communicated, including whether the company should notify the employee...

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    10 Franklin Road SE, Suite 800
    RoanokeVA 24011


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