Trial and Litigation Experience: Ms. Leed has extensive experience representing public entities in matters involving police misconduct, employment discrimination, disability access, access to public records, including Pitchess motions and Public Records Act requests, and civil rights, including free speech and sex, race and/or disability discrimination and harassment. Ms. Leed has tried 12 state and federal trials of cases involving claims of civil rights violations, excess force by police officers, false arrest and personal injury claims. Ms. Leed has handled multiple appellate matters in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and the California Courts of Appeal. Ms. Leed provides risk management and policy development advice to police departments and has handled police discipline and contract arbitrations on behalf of police departments. Ms. Leed is also a court appointed mediator and early neutral evaluation evaluator for the U.S.D.C. for the Northern District of California’s ADR Program.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Leed was senior deputy city attorney in the Oakland City Attorney’s Office and also held the position as General Counsel for the Oakland Police Department. During that time, Ms. Leed managed the defense and eventual settlement of the Riders litigation for the City of Oakland.