Stacey Leyton

(415) 421-7151 ext. 304

B.A., Stanford University
M.A., Stanford University
J.D., Stanford Law School

Hon. Stephen Breyer, United States Supreme Court
Hon. Stephen Reinhardt, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Hon. Susan Illston, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Stacey has litigated numerous cases in state and federal court, at both the trial and appellate levels. She has regularly argued major motions and appeals. Her litigation practice involves representation of labor unions, environmental groups, individual workers and public benefits recipients, advocacy organizations, and public entities. The cases have involved a wide variety of issues under federal and state law, including federal labor law, antitrust prohibitions and exemptions, voting rights statutes, Medicaid, the Americans with Disabilities Act, RICO, state choice-of-law issues, state employment law, and protections afforded by the federal and state constitutions. Stacey’s practice also includes legislative drafting and client advice.

Stacey serves on the Board of Directors of the national racial justice organization Color of Change. Stacey has previously served as an Appellate Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, as a United States District Court Northern District of California Lawyer Representative, on the Board of Directors of Public Interest Clearinghouse (now OneJustice), a volunteer at Legal Aid at Work’s Worker’s Rights Clinic, and a volunteer in San Francisco public schools and youth soccer programs. She also currently serves on the board of directors of Or Shalom Jewish Community.

Stacey was named a “California Lawyer of the Year” by California Lawyer Magazine in 2011 for her work in a case challenging budget cuts to the California program providing in-home care to Medicaid recipients. She has been selected to Northern California Super Lawyers, Benchmark Plaintiff California Local Litigation Stars, and Benchmark Plaintiff Top Women in Litigation on numerous occasions.

In addition to being a member of the California state bar, Stacey is admitted to the state bar of Washington.

Stacey enjoys watching sports (especially the San Francisco Giants), paddle boarding and other water activities, biking, good TV, and spending time with friends and family.

Representative matters:

  • Represented Writers Guild of America in litigation against Hollywood agencies regarding conflicted agency practices and supporting mass action by writers who terminated their agents for those conflicts. Defeated preliminary injunction motions and motions to dismiss before agencies agreed to comply with Guild’s code of conduct.
  • Successfully argued in the California Supreme Court to obtain ruling that nonprofit organizations have standing under California’s Unfair Competition Law.
  • Obtained dismissal of hotel operator’s lawsuit against unions and union officials asserting antitrust, RICO, and state law claims.
  • Defended school district’s non-discrimination policy against challenge by religious group seeking to require potential leaders of student club to agree to oppose same sex relationships.
  • Secured Ninth Circuit ruling holding that janitors protesting sex harassment and low wages were protected under the NLRA, reversing NLRB decision upholding their terminations.
  • Obtained, and defended on appeal, federal court injunctions preventing California budget cuts to in-home care program that would have eliminated services, reduced hours, limited eligibility, and cut compensation to providers.
  • Secured preliminary injunction requiring North Carolina to restore to the registration rolls thousands of voters whose registrations had been unlawfully cancelled in the months preceding the 2016 election.
  • Helped defeat International Franchise Association federal court challenge to Seattle $15 minimum wage ordinance.
  • Defended City of Seattle against federal lawsuit filed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeking to strike down Seattle ordinance allowing for-hire drivers to organize and collectively bargain.
  • Obtained dismissal of RICO cases alleging that international union officials pressured union staff to contribute to union’s political action committee.
  • Secured reversal on appeal of federal district court decision applying Texas law to determine whether California workers were employees or independent contractors.
  • Part of habeas team that successfully challenged murder conviction based on prosecution’s failure to disclose exculpatory evidence.
  • Obtained and successfully defended on appeal California state court injunction invalidating legislative amendments to voter-enacted initiative that required drug treatment rather than incarceration.
  • Represented labor union in overturning multi-million dollar defamation verdict based on speech in course of labor dispute.
  • Represented California cities and counties in defending on appeal a judgment requiring lead paint companies to establish a $409 million fund to pay for the abatement of lead paint hazards in California homes.