Rebecca A. Leaf

Senior Attorney She / Her / Hers
Baltimore

Rebecca A. Leaf is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. Rebecca’s background is in traditional labor law, though she also represents clients on a wide range of employment matters. Prior to joining the firm, Rebecca was a senior trial attorney at the National Labor Relations Board, where she worked with employees, employers, and unions to remedy labor disputes. She is an experienced litigator in all matters involving the National Labor Relations Act, including protected concerted activity, strikes, successorship, withdrawal of recognition, and contract bargaining violations.

Rebecca has extensive experience representing health care systems, municipalities, educational institutions, and manufacturers in everyday human resources matters, grievances, arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges. She routinely counsels clients through union organizing drives and contract negotiations.

Prior to attending law school, Rebecca managed media relations for the American Association of University Women, a national nonprofit organization that promotes gender equity in higher education and the workplace.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Rebecca maintains an active pro bono practice, including representing nonprofit organizations in labor and employment matters. She has also worked with the Juvenile Law Center on a criminal justice reform project concerning youthful offender statutes.

Speaking Engagements

"Testing Accommodations: Legal Challenges and Practical Solutions in 2021 and Beyond," Association of Test Publishers – Innovations in Testing, April 28, 2021

“The Most Pressing NLRA Issues for Employers Amidst COVID-19,” Ballard Spahr webinar, April 17, 2020

Publications

Co-author, "Interesting Times in Glass Houses: Internal Investigations for the Media Employer," Media Law Resource Center, December 2019.

Practitioners' Notes, "The NLRB's Deferral Policy Under Fire: The D.C. Circuit's Criticism and the Future of the Deferral Policy," 28 Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal 115, 2010

"The Meaning of File Any Complaint Under the FLSA," College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2010 Writing Competition Winner

Credentials 

Education

St. John's University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2010)
Articles & Notes Editor, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review

University of Maryland (B.A., magna cum laude, 2005)
Member, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

New York

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

Maryland

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania