Lea Patricia L. Francisco
Lea Patricia L. Francisco is a civil litigator and counselor with a background in employment law, premises liability, personal injury, and trucking litigation. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked with various nonprofit organizations and now enjoys representing them in a legal capacity as part of the ClouseSpaniac team so that these organizations can continue to serve the important needs of our communities.
Lea earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Resource Management from the University of California at Berkeley and her Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law. While in law school, she worked at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, Bay Area Legal Aid, Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, and Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment where she gained experience in the areas of community economic development, employment law, housing law, family law, immigration, consumer law, and environmental justice. Lea was also a judicial extern for Justice Nathan D. Mihara at the Sixth District Court of Appeal. Lea served as an Articles Editor for the Asian American Law Journal and assisted with the publication of Women and the Law Stories.
In addition to general civil defense litigation, Lea represents and counsels employers, particularly nonprofit organizations and small businesses, in a wide range of employment matters, including single- and multi-plaintiff claims of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation. Lea also represents employers in wage and hour litigation, including class actions involving claims of misclassification of employees, meal and rest period violations, waiting time penalties, and other purported wage and hour violations.
Lea also provides advice and counseling to small business employers on day-to-day employment issues, including wage and hour compliance, employee discipline and discharge, leave issues, and disability accommodations to help avoid litigation. Lea is also available to conduct internal investigations, as well as provide presentations and trainings on a broad range of issues, including sexual harassment, to employers and professional organizations.
Lea is a member of the State Bar of California, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and the Philippine American Bar Association.
When not working, Lea enjoys traveling, camping, and spending time with her family and friends.
- Civil Litigation
- Personal Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Employment Law
- Employment Class Actions
- Landlord-Tenant Disputes
- Foster Family Agency Liability
- B.S., UC Berkeley
- J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
- Admitted to the State Bar of California
- Admitted to United States District Court, Central District
- Philippine American Bar Association