Partner, Labor & Employment, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Lauren H. Leyden is a lawyer in the firm’s New York labor and employment practice.
Ms. Leyden regularly leads the labor and employment components of transactional and restructuring engagements and advising clients on the acquisition and structuring of labor, including evaluation of workforces, traditional labor, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, and the transfer, hiring or firing of workers on the buy and sell side.
In addition, Ms. Leyden represents a significant number of financial services clients in restructuring and transaction matters, employment disputes, restrictive covenant matters, employment contract negotiations and employee terminations. She advises clients on best employment practices under federal, state and local law, including regularly providing clients with antiharassment and antidiscrimination training and counseling.
Ms. Leyden’s diverse practice includes litigating employment disputes in federal and state courts and before various government agencies. She defends class and individual claims alleging employment discrimination, retaliation, workplace harassment, and wage and hour violations.
She also defends class actions alleging breach of fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. She has experience in advising and representing employers in union representation matters, collective bargaining, arbitrations and unfair labor practice proceedings.
Ms. Leyden is a member of the hiring committee in the firm’s New York office. She received her B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago in 2002. She received her J.D. in 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a member of the executive board of the Journal of Labor and Employment Law.