My goal is to get the right result for you, whether conducting an investigation, negotiating a settlement, pursuing a lawsuit through trial, or advocating upon appeal.
Ashleigh Leitch specializes in labor and employment law for companies, non-profit organizations, municipalities, and individuals in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. Ashleigh advises her clients on all issues from hiring through termination: hiring from the competition, drug-testing applicants, drafting employment agreements and performance improvement plans, accommodating disabilities like medical cannabis and mental health issues, navigating leaves of absence, and counseling through separations. Ashleigh has been particularly active in advising clients about new developments in sick and safety leave and wage theft laws.
On the litigation side, Ashleigh has handled cases involving non-compete, whistleblower, wage and hour, and discrimination claims in state and federal court, as well as administrative agencies and labor arbitrations. Ashleigh has confidentially investigated claims of sexual harassment and assault, fraud, and discrimination for clients. In 2018 and 2019, Super Lawyers recognized Ashleigh as a Rising Star in employment law.
Labor & Employment:
- Defended wage-and-hour class action in federal court.
- Obtained temporary restraining order against client’s former employee who violated his non-compete.
- Defeated trade secret violation claim against our client at trial.
- Prevailed on FMLA retaliation claim for client at trial, resulting in a judgment of $340,000 plus attorneys fees.
- Argued before Minnesota Supreme Court regarding administrative warrant requirement for rental housing inspections.
Ashleigh has successfully argued appeals before the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Most recently, Ashleigh briefed and argued a case before the Eighth Circuit regarding ADA public accommodations, which resulted in a published decision preserving her client’s win in the lower court. Additionally, Ashleigh’s advocacy as first chair on a constitutional law case before the Minnesota Supreme Court resulted in nation-wide precedent in favor of her client. Ashleigh’s other appellate experience includes successfully overturning a judgment of almost $750,000 against her client and piercing the corporate veil.
Public Service & Leadership:
Active in her community, Ashleigh serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Justice Foundation, Co-Chair of the Associates’ One-Hour of Sharing Campaign for Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and on Women Winning’s Board of Directors. She also offers pro bono services through the Volunteer Lawyers Network and is an adjunct professor of legal writing at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.