• Address: 1300 Clay Street, Suite 810 Oakland CA 94612
  • Phone: (415) 357-4600


Janet H. Leader

Lafayette & Kumagai LLP
1300 Clay Street, Ste. 810
Oakland, CA 94612

Email: jleader@lkclaw.com
Tel: (415) 357-4600
Fax: (415) 357-4605

Janet H. Leader

Janet H. Leader earned a Bachelor of Arts at University of California, Davis, where she majored in International Relations and minored in English.  She received her Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law in 1987, where she was a Staff Editor for the Willamette Law Review and a member of Phi Alpha Delta.

Prior to joining Lafayette & Kumagai, Ms. Leader worked as an attorney at Jackson Lewis and at Low, Ball & Lynch in San Francisco, where she defended management and employers against all types of employment matters filed in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies, including claims of employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and claims alleging wage and hour violations. Ms. Leader was an attorney and whistleblower investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor in San Francisco. Ms. Leader also served as Corporate Counsel for LSI Logic, Inc. in Milpitas, California.

Ms. Leader has twenty years of experience handling employment law matters. Her current practice at Lafayette & Kumagai includes all aspects of employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. In addition, Ms. Leader has experience providing wage and hour advice to clients and litigating white collar class action matters.

Ms. Leader is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”), Defense Research Institute (“DRI”) and the California State Bar, Section of Labor & Employment Law. She has provided training seminars for employers on subjects including avoiding sexual harassment liability and has been a speaker for the Association of Defense Counsel and the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Ms. Leader is admitted to practice before all courts of the States of California and the United States District Court for all Districts of California.



“Running from Fear Itself: Analyzing Employment Discrimination Against Persons with HIV and Other Communicable Diseases Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,” Willamette Law Review, Fall 1987.