Rebecca A. Leaf

Senior Attorney

leafr@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8575
Fax 215.864.8999
Philadelphia

Rebecca A. Leaf is a member of the firm's Litigation Department. Rebecca represents public and private sector clients in arbitrations, contract negotiations, and hearings before the National Labor Relations Board and other federal and state agencies. Prior to joining the firm, Rebecca was a senior trial attorney at the National Labor Relations Board, where she prosecuted violations of the National Labor Relations Act, negotiated settlement agreements, and investigated unfair labor practice claims. Rebecca is an experienced litigator in matters involving protected concerted activity, strikes, successorship, withdrawal of recognition, and contract bargaining violations. Rebecca's work has touched upon a variety of industries, including health care, construction, manufacturing, and restaurant and food service.

Rebecca also has experience with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where she worked as a law clerk, analyzing public policy documents, conducting legal research, and corresponding with EEOC stakeholders on a range of employment discrimination-related issues.

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.

Representative Matters

  • Litigated multi-million dollar case involving 36 discharged strikers seeking reinstatement and back pay
  • Successfully settled case against a union engaged in an unlawful secondary boycott of a construction company; drafted and prepared to file injunction litigation papers
  • Conducted year-long investigation into mass discharge of employees at prominent New York City restaurant and landmark; later successfully negotiated settlement that provided for a collective-bargaining agreement between the restaurant and its union
  • Prosecuted case against a union that unlawfully discharged two employees for asking about the State of New York's statutory wage protections
  • Litigated compliance matter involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay due to nurses in a failure to bargain case
  • Prosecuted case involving a private school drama teacher who was terminated for discussing working conditions with coworkers

Pro Bono Experience

Rebecca's pro bono work includes representing The Public Theater, a New York City arts nonprofit organization that features up-and-coming performers.

Publications

Co-author, "Maryland Joins Trend Banning Noncompete Agreements for Low-Wage Workers," Ballard Spahr alert, October 4, 2019

Co-author, "NLRB Continues Shift Toward Employer-Friendly Workplace Standards," Ballard Spahr alert, September 12, 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

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

New York

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

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

U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania