Christopher R. LeClerc

Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in San Francisco, California

Le Clerc & Le Clerc LLP
Christopher R. LeClerc
Le Clerc & Le Clerc LLP

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation, Class Action & Mass Torts, Employment & Labor; view more

Licensed in California since: 2004

Education: University of California Berkeley School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2014

Le Clerc & Le Clerc LLP

155 Montgomery Street
Suite 1004
San Francisco, CA 94104 Visit website


Chris is a partner in the San Francisco, California based law firm Le Clerc & Le Clerc LLP.  Le Clerc & Le Clerc LLP is a law firm that focuses on providing high quality representation to employees who are in disputes with their current or former employers.  Le Clerc & Le Clerc LLP represents clients throughout Northern California, but primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco and Alameda Counties, Contra Costa County, Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County, and the Peninsula. 

Chris regularly represents workers of all backgrounds and walks of life.  He has represented truck drivers and restaurant food servers.  He has also represented C-level executives, including Chief Operating Officers and Senior Vice Presidents of International Corporations.  Chris routinely advises and litigates for employees and former employees on claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.  His matters can also range from routine pay disputes to complex allegations of international accounting fraud.  He has also represented many women who were discriminated against because of their pregnancy or taking of maternity leave.  He has successfully resolved lawsuits against some of the world’s largest corporations.

Chris’ colleagues describe him as “tenacious,” “brilliant,” and “spectacular in court,” and a “highly intelligent advisor and litigator.”  Chris’ clients have described him as a “truly, highly educated, and personable attorney.”

Chris has represented hundreds of workers in California and obtained tens of millions of dollars on their behalf in settlements.  He has litigated several cases to jury verdict and arbitration award, and has obtained several million dollars as a result in judgments.  With this successful background, Chris is frequently able to negotiate favorable settlements for clients, sometimes without even filing a lawsuit. Chris also serves as a neutral mediator to help employees and employers resolve their differences. He serves on the alternative dispute resolution panels in Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco County superior courts.

Practice areas

Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Employment & Labor: Employee

Focus areas

Class Actions, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination

  • 60% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20% Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 20% Employment & Labor: Employee

First Admitted: 2004, California

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • California Employment Lawyer’s Association, Member, 2013 to to the present.
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • California, 2004
Representative Clients:
  • Employee terminated after returning from FMLA covered leave.
  • Employee retaliated against and terminated after informing human resources department of harassment by supervisor
  • Employee returning from pregnancy leave not reinstated to the same position, but rather, demoted.
  • Employee misclassified as exempt, and consequently denied overtime wages.
  • Employee terminated while on protected pregnancy leave.
  • Pregnant employee applicant not hired after disclosing that she was pregnant. 
  • Employee harassed on the basis of disability by supervisor.
  • Employee misclassified as an independent contractor, and consequently, not provided statutorily protected leave.
  • Civil Procedure, CALI
  • Legal Research, Writing, & Analysis I, CALI
  • Criminal Procedure, CALI
  • Legal Research, Writing, & Analysis II, CALI
  • Securities Litigation, Am Jur
  • An hour after Yaire Lopez told her boss that she was pregnant and had been advised by her doctor to somewhat limit her lifting and climbing activities at work, she was placed on leave - and eventually fired. The San Francisco jury found in Ms. Lopez's favor, determining that Bimbo Bakeries USA had engaged in gender and pregnancy discrimination, in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. It awarded Lopez $340,700 for losses and damages, plus another $2 million in punitive damages, and more than $1 million in attorneys fees. The verdict was completely affirmed on appeal.
  • Moses Mayne was a union representative with the Northern California Carpenters Regional Counsel, a labor union. In mid 2006, Mayne started experiencing medical issues related to hypertension. He took a medical leave on the advice of his physician from late September through mid-October 2006. The Carpenters Union refused to reinstate Mayne at the conclusion of his leave, notifying him for the first time the day before his return that he would need a medical release to return. Mayne attempted to obtain the newly required release, but was terminated for "job abandonment" before he could provide it to the union. He had made the first available doctor's appointment and notified the union of the date he was set to see his doctor. The Alameda County jury awarded Mayne damages in the amount of $278,538, plus attorneys' fees and costs.
  • Lokendra Kumar was an employee for Defendant Fremont Toyota for approximately six years. During his employment, he was subjected to a hostile working environment on the basis of his national origin (Asian Indian) and his age. Mr. Kumar went to the EEOC, and was terminated from his employment the following day. Mr. Kumar prevailed in his hostile working environment and retaliation claims in arbitration and received an arbitration award of $290,000 plus attorneys' fees and costs.
Educational Background:
  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California Berkeley
Industry Groups:
  • California Employment Lawyers Association

Office location for Christopher R. LeClerc

155 Montgomery Street
Suite 1004
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 800-465-6254


5 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2014

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