Leslie V. Cancel is special counsel in the Employment & Labor practice group and a member of the Cooley Godward Kronish Litigation department. She joined the Firm in 2000 and is resident in the San Francisco office.
Ms. Cancel's practice encompasses both employment counseling and litigation. Ms. Cancel's employment counseling practice includes hiring and terminating employees, personnel policies and procedures, executive compensation agreements, proprietary information and trade secret protection, workplace investigations and compliance with state and federal employment law requirements.
Ms. Cancel has represented employers in a wide range of employment and general commercial matters (including claims of harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, trade secret theft and unfair competition) in all phases of the litigation process. Ms. Cancel has also successfully represented employers in mediations as well as in administrative agency proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the California Labor Commissioner's Office.
Prior to joining Cooley, Ms. Cancel was a solo practitioner providing employment law expertise and litigation services to employers and to small and midsize law firms. Before that time, Ms. Cancel was a senior litigation and employment law associate at Stein & Lubin LLP, in San Francisco, California. From 1992 through 1996, Ms. Cancel was an associate in the employment and labor department of the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
Ms. Cancel received a J.D. in 1992 from Stanford Law School, where she served as an editor of the Stanford Law Review and as Director of the Women of Stanford Law Association. She received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Davis. She is a past recipient of the Wiley M. Manuel Pro Bono Award for her work on domestic violence issues.
Ms. Cancel is a member of the State Bar of California.
- Stanford Law School
- University of California, Davis
- The Bar Association of San Francisco