Rebecca A. Leaf

Senior Attorney

leafr@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8575
Fax 215.864.8999
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. 

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.

Publications

Co-author, "Maryland: Unemployment Compensation Update," Ballard Spahr alert, April 27, 2020

Co-author, "Tackling the Duty to Bargain With a Union in Emergency Situations," Ballard Spahr alert, March 31, 2020

Co-author, NLRB Finalizes More Changes to Union Representation Rules, Ballard Spahr alert, April 1, 2020

Co-author, Tackling the Duty to Bargain With a Union in Emergency Situations, Ballard Spahr alert, March 31, 2020

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

Co-author, "Union Dues Deductions Not Required After Contract Expiration," Ballard Spahr alert, December 18, 2019

Co-author, "NLRB Scales Back ‘Ambush Election’ Rule," Ballard Spahr alert, December 18, 2019

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

Speaking Engagements

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

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

Not admitted to practice in Maryland

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

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