Yesenia M. Gallegos - Employment Lawyer - McDermott Will & Emery


Yesenia M. Gallegos focuses her labor and employment practice on a wide range of matters, including restrictive covenants, wage and hour law, discrimination and harassment claims, executive employment agreements, leaves of absence, employee terminations and reductions in force. Yesenia represents employers in employment litigation—including class actions—pending in both state and federal court. She also represents employers in actions against former employees in trade secret and embezzlement actions that require immediate restraining orders, injunctions and/or liens.

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  • Obtained a court order dismissing a wage and hour class action after more than five years of litigation on the grounds that continued litigation would violate California’s five-year rule*
  • Obtained a court order dismissing an employee’s claims for fraud and negligent misrepresentations with the use of a special motion to strike/anti- Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) motion after the employee was unsuccessful in obtaining a judgment for wrongful termination against the employer and sought to prosecute new claims*
  • Obtained a court order dismissing a program director of a nonprofit academic organization when both she and the school were sued by a former employee alleging retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other claims*

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  • Legal 500 US, Recommended, 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law – Management, 2023
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, Women of Influence: Attorneys List, 2024
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, “Leaders in Law” Award, Nominee, 2018
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Southern California Rising Star, Women’s Edition, 2017

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  • Hispanic National Bar Association, general counsel; former regional president for Southern California, 2013 to 2014


University of San Francisco School of Law, JD, 2003
University of California, Los Angeles, BA, 2000


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