Noah D. Lebowitz
Noah Lebowitz is dedicated to helping employees reach their full potential in the workplace. Noah has particular expertise in disability discrimination and medical leave related issues. He also represents employees in all types of workplace issues, including discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour claims.
Noah is a member of the Board of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) and an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). Prior to joining the CELA Board, Noah served as the Chair of CELA’s Mentor Committee for five years. He authored the amicus brief on behalf of NELA in Toyota Motor Manufacturing v. Williams, 534 U.S. 184 (2002). In addition, Noah served on Executive Committee of the State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section (2007–2010). While on the Executive Committee, Noah chaired subcommittees overseeing the Labor & Employment Law Section’s Education Grant program as well as the “Your Legal Rights” radio program.
Noah has briefed, and argued and won several cases that have led to reported decisions for workers, including McCollum v. XCare.net, Inc., 212 F.Supp.2d 1142 (N.D. Cal. 2002) and Mamou v. Trendwest Resorts, Inc., 165 Cal.App.4th 686 (2008).
Noah is a frequent lecturer and organizer of educational seminars on the topics of disability discrimination, medical leave, and general litigation strategy. A sampling of his speaking engagements includes:
- “Employment Law: Updates on Disability Discrimination in the Workplace”, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Free MCLE Series, February 2013;
- “Update on the New Fair Employment and Housing Act Pregnancy and Disability Regulations: Major Changes That Will Impact Your Practice”, Bar Association of San Francisco Labor & Employment Law Section, Yosemite Annual Conference, February 2013;
- “Defamation in the Employment Case” National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, San Diego, June 2012;
- “Litigating Disability Claims: What Every Practitioner in California Needs to Know”, PLI’s California Employment Law Update, San Francisco, November 2011;
- “The Interactive Process: How to Make it Work Effectively for Employer and Employee,” State Bar Public Sector Conference, Sacramento, May 2011;
- “Alphabet Soup: The Intersection of FMLA, CFRA, PDL, FEHA & ADA,” State Bar Annual Conference, Monterey, September 2010
- ADA Update,” PLI’s California Employment Law Update, San Francisco, November 2010
- “Seven Cases You Gotta Have In Your Back Pocket,” California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Oakland, October 2009
- 2008 Disability Discrimination Brown Bag Lunch Series, State Bar of California, San Francisco
- “Pre-Litigation Counseling and the Interactive Process,” March 2008;
- Discovery in a Disability Discrimination Case, May 2008
- Expert Discovery in a Disability Discrimination Case, July 2008
- Trial in a Disability Discrimination Case, December 2008
- “ADA,” PLI 37th Annual Institute on Employment Law, San Francisco, September 2008
- “Is there Individual Liability After Jones v. Torrey Pines?” Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California, November 2008
- “MSJ 360°—Views of the Ultimate Dispositive Motion from Plaintiff, Defense, Appellate, and Judicial Perspectives,” California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Jose, September 2007
- “Litigation Strategy: Taking Plaintiff’s Depositions” PLI 36th Annual Institute on Employment Law, San Francisco, October 2007
- “To MSJ or Not to MSJ: Summary Judgment in Employment Cases” Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco, June 2006;
- “Navigating the Leave of Absence Quagmire: Advance Workplace Leave Issues,” Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California 23rd Annual Meeting, Anaheim, October 2005;
- “FEHA: Reasonable Accommodation, Interactive Process, Determination of Essential Functions, Voc Assessment and Compliance Issues,” California Association of Rehabilitation and Reemployment Professionals Annual Conference, San Francisco, October 2004;
- “Adequacy, Quality and Use of Medical Evidence in Employment Disability Discrimination Cases,” Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, 24th Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium, Los Angeles, February 2004;
- “Navigating the Disability Case Quagmire,” California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, October 2003
Noah graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1996, where he served on the editorial board of the Law Review. While in law school, he authored An Amendment to Rule 23: Encouraging Class Actions in Section 504 and ADA Employment Discrimination Cases, 30 U.S.F. L.Rev. 477 (1996). Noah received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992 where he majored in Political Science and Afro-American Studies.
Noah is a member of the California, New York, and New Jersey bars. Noah has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.