Overview

Leah M. Farmer advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. She has experience counseling clients on multiple employment law areas, including:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA)
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act
  • The Illinois Minimum Wage Law
  • Federal, state and local paid sick leave laws
  • Employee handbooks, policies and procedures

A sampling of Leah’s background includes: conducting investigations and preparing fact finding reports related to a variety of internal employment related complaints and external compliance related matters; handling all stages of pre-trial litigation to defend employers against actions filed in state and federal court; reviewing policies, procedures, and handbooks for compliance with state and federal employment laws; as well as analyzing restrictive covenants and preparing risk assessments for employers.

Her practice also comprises representing employers in hearings, oral arguments, mediation, and fact-finding conferences in a variety of forums, including state and federal trial and appellate courts, the IDHR, and the EEOC.

Additionally, Leah conducts confidential internal investigations involving allegations of employee misconduct, harassment, discrimination, and/or noncompliance with federal or state requirements. 

Professional & Community Affiliations

Volunteer

Constitutional Rights Foundation, Lawyers in the Classroom

September 2016-present

Auxiliary Board Member

Center for Conflict Resolution

March 2018-present

Founding Member

DePaul University College of Law Alumni Engagement Board

December 2016-present

Member

Executive Committee

CBA Alliance for Women

September 2018-present

Member

Young Lawyers Committee

FBA Chicago

January 2015-present

Member

Associates Board

Illinois Action for Children

January 2011-May 2017

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2018-2019

Recipient, 2019 Outstanding Service to the DePaul Community Award

DePaul College of Law

2019

Named, Emerging Lawyer

Law Bulletin

2017-2018

Order of the Barristers

DePaul University College of Law

Recipient, Senior Service Award

DePaul University College of Law

2013

News, Analysis & Press

Impunity in Mexico: The Indigenous of Chiapas Suffering at the Hands of their Gov’t

5 DePaul J. for Soc. Just. 367

2012

Speaking Engagements

Facebook Fiascoes and Free Speech

American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA Boot Camp), Chicago, IL

June 22, 2018

First Five Years: Thriving as a Young Associate

Phi Alpha Delta Biennial Convention, Washington, D.C.

August 5, 2016

Networking 101: Making it Fun

Phi Alpha Delta Biennial Convention, Scottsdale, AZ

August 1, 2014

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2013cum laude
  • B.A., University of Georgia, 2009

Bar Admission

Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois