Todd A. Leeson: Lawyer with Gentry Locke, LLP

Todd A. Leeson

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Todd Leeson
Roanoke,  VA  U.S.A.

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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

    •Board of Directors, Downtown Roanoke, Inc. (2014-Present)
    •Legislative Director, Virginia state SHRM Council (2012-Present)
    •Council member, Labor Relations & Employment Law Section of The Virginia Bar Association (2008-2013)
    •Board of Trustees, Taubman Museum of Art (2007-2012)
    •Board of Directors, Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce (2010-2012)
    •Elder and Planning Committee Chair, Salem Presbyterian Church (2011-2013)
    •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)
    •Associate member, National Association of College and University Attorneys (2014-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


    Todd Leeson has 25 years of experience representing Virginia businesses in employment and labor law matters and litigation filed in Virginia federal and state courts, as well as employment claims before agencies including the EEOC, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), DOL and OSHA (whistleblower claims). He also regularly advises employers on employment-related issues such as discipline, terminations, personnel policies, leave and attendance challenges, and layoffs. His experience includes the defense of companies (and their executives) in cases involving alleged violations of Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, and the NLRA, as well as various whistleblower or retaliation claims. Todd also regularly drafts, enforces, and/or litigates non-compete agreements or executive employment contracts. In addition, he has considerable experience representing management in labor union matters including union avoidance campaigns, unfair labor practice charges, and labor arbitrations. He also represents Virginia colleges as to various student and other legal matters.

    Todd is rated AV/Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, is a Virginia Super Lawyer for Employment & Labor Law, and has repeatedly been named one of the Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment Law. He also serves as the Legislative Director for the Virginia State SHRM Council.


    Speaking Engagements
    • Employment Law Webinars: What Employers Need to Know About the New NLRB, 09/25/2014
    • Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims: Legal Risks and Strategic Solutions for Employers, 04/28/2014
    • 2014 Labor & Employment Law Symposium - Roanoke, 03/18/2014
    • 2014 Labor & Employment Law Symposium - Lynchburg, 03/12/2014
    • Managing Your Human Capital and Developing Your Workforce (Employment Law Trends and Update), 03/06/2014
    • Hot Topics in Employment Law: What HR Professionals Need to Know for 2014, 01/28/2014
    • Moderator, Retaliation Under Title VII and Other Federal Employment Laws, 10/25/2013
    • Recent Employment Law Trends and Advice for HR Professionals, 10/01/2013
    • Legal Issues Arising Out of Social Media Use by Employees, 09/25/2013
    • Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex - In the Workplace, 09/20/2013
    • ADA and FMLA Update: Key Issues for HR Professionals, 09/19/2013
    • Working Smarter with Your Employment Lawyer, 04/22/2013
    • 2013 Labor & Employment Law Symposium - Roanoke, 03/18/2013
    • Managing Your Human Capital and Developing Your Workforce, 03/07/2013
    • Forward it is! Employment Law Developments that Virginia HR Professionals Need to Know - Spring 2013, 01/22/2013
    • Employment Law Developments that Virginia HR Professionals Need to Know, 10/02/2012
    • EEOC Discrimination Claims: How Employers Can Minimize Their Legal Risks, 09/20/2012
    • Employment Law Developments that Virginia HR Professionals Need to Know - Fall 2012, 09/13/2012
    • 2012 Labor & Employment Law Symposium - Roanoke, 05/23/2012
    • Employment Noncompete and Business Tort Litigation VADA Spring Meeting, 05/19/2011
    • Managing Your Human Capital and Developing Your Workforce, 03/17/2011
    • The Real March Madness: Tips to Comply with the New Employment Laws and Regulations, 03/18/2010
    • Hot Topics in HR, 03/12/2008
    • Employment Law Update, 10/22/2007
    • Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law, 07/21/2007
    • What HR Professionals Need to Know about the New Electronic Discovery Rules, 01/23/2007
    • Controlling the Stupidity: Electronic Discovery, 10/12/2006
    • A Brave New World: Title VII Retaliation Claims after Burlington Northern, 10/06/2006
    • What HR Professionals Need to Know About Employment Lawsuits, 06/15/2006
    • Prescription for the First 90 Days of Employment: Document Today to Keep the Lawyers Away, 04/01/2006
    • What Companies Need to Know About Litigation Dynamics, 04/01/2006
    • Have You Received Your Annual Labor-Free Shot?, 04/01/2006
    • Recent Developments Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), 01/12/2006
    • Company Response to EEOC Charges, 09/15/2005
    • Labor Law Developments: Unions Are Still Knocking!, 06/01/2005
    • Responding to an EEOC Charge: A Road Map, 06/01/2005
    • Leading Issues in Employment Law, 03/01/2005
    • Legal Issues Involving Temporary Employment, 01/19/2005
    • Recent Developments in Employment and Labor Law, 10/28/2004
    • Technology in the Workplace: Employment Law Issues, Trends and Advice, 09/23/2004

    •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 200 EEOC charges alleging various forms of harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation
    •Attained early dismissal or resolution of several OSHA whistleblower complaints including MAP-21, AIR-21, STAA amd the FSMA
    •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 covenants
    •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
    •Advised company to withdraw recognition of longstanding union and prevailed on union challenge before the NLRB
    •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
    •Litigated significant ULP case with NLRB involving potential back pay or reinstatement of 23 terminated employees; case resolved on favorable terms
    •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

    • 13 Gentry Locke Attorneys Featured in 2014 Super Lawyers US Business Edition, 11/21/2014
    • Twenty-One Gentry Locke Attorneys Earn Best Lawyers Designations and One Lawyer of the Year, 08/18/2014
    • Attorney Leeson Quoted as Employer Advocate in SHRM Ban the Box Article, 08/18/2014
    • Leeson Editorial in The Roanoke Times: Virginia Employers Should Keep the Box, 07/30/2014
    • 27 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to Lists of 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, 06/13/2014
    • Leeson Educates HR Professionals on Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims at 2014 Virginia SHRM Conference, 04/28/2014
    • Leeson Speaks to Three HR Groups Across Region, Moderates VBA Conference Panel, 10/25/2013
    • Twenty-two Attorneys named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America list; Firm Ranked in Tier 1 for Best Law Firms, 08/16/2013
    • HR Professionals Hear From EEOC Director During Gentry Locke Webinar, 05/22/2013
    • Leeson Presents Session on Working Smarter with your Employment Lawyer at VA SHRM Conference, 04/22/2013
    • Leeson Editorial Supports Virginia Employers and their HR Professionals, 04/21/2013
    • Alert: New FMLA Notice Must Be Posted by March 8, 2013, 03/05/2013
    • Alert: Employers Take Note: Employee Voting Rights in Virginia, 10/15/2012
    • Top Rated Lawyers at Gentry Locke, 10/09/2012
    • Twenty-four Gentry Locke Attorneys Named Best Lawyers, 09/04/2012
    • Alert: D.C. Circuit Enjoins NLRB from April 30 Notice Posting Rule, 04/17/2012
    • Gentry Locke Attorneys Listed in 37 Legal Eagle Categories, 04/16/2012
    • Alert: President Obama's Labor Board Takes Actions, 04/04/2012
    • Alert: New GINA Regulations Take Effect January 10, 2011, 12/22/2010
    • Attorney Todd Leeson Elected to Two Boards, 05/29/2007
    • Gentry Locke Takes the Lead in Electronic Discovery, 11/01/2006

    • Virginia Employers Should Keep the Box, 07/31/2014
    • Five Steps Virginia Employers Should Take to Help Avoid Whistleblower or Retaliation Claims, 01/14/2014
    • What Should an Employer Say (If Anything) in a Termination Letter?, 08/14/2013
    • EEOC Seeks to Provide Job Protection for LGBT Employees, 07/17/2013
    • Supreme Court Adopts Narrow Definition of Supervisor Under Title VII - What This Means For Virginia Employers, 06/26/2013
    • Common Handbook Policies at Risk from Emboldened NLRB, 01/08/2013
    • Confidentiality Policy that Would Prohibit Employees From Discussing Wages Found Unlawful, 11/13/2012
    • Hiring New Employees: New FCRA Requirements & Important Reminders, 10/30/2012
    • Virginia Case Illustrates Risks of Internal E-mail Communications, 08/21/2012
    • Employers Face Significant Challenges Complying With the ADA Amendments Act, 07/17/2012
    • Action Alert: Advice to Employers Who Want to Remain Union-Free, 03/16/2009
    • The New Genetic Antidiscrimination Law: Have you met GINA?, 06/24/2008
    • Employee Handbook Alert: Confidentiality Policy Found Overbroad, 05/07/2007
    • Retaliation: Western District of Virginia Decides First Retaliation Case Decision after Burlington Northern, 10/23/2006
    • Title VII Retaliation Claims After the Supreme Court Decision in Burlington Northern, 10/23/2006
    • Company Response to EEOC Charge, 06/05/2006

    •Named one of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Employment Law - Management (2011-2015) Labor & Employment Litigation (2011-2015)
    •Designated a Virginia Super Lawyer in the area of Employment & Labor Law (2014) and Super Lawyers Business Edition US in the area of Employment & Labor (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)

    Published Work
    Five Steps Virginia Employers Should Take to Help Avoid Whistleblower or Retaliation Claims ; Virginia Human Resources Today; Winter/Spring 2014.
    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.


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    Virginia Employers Should "Keep the Box"
    Todd A. Leeson, August 11, 2014
    As an employment lawyer who has represented Virginia businesses for 25 years, I have a different perspective from those persons who advocate that employers stop asking applicants to check a "box" if they had a prior criminal conviction. I recommend that Virginia employers "keep the...

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    10 Franklin Road SE, Suite 800
    RoanokeVA 24011


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