Leighton Henderson

Leighton Henderson Associate

Leighton Davis Henderson provides representation and legal counsel to Liebert Cassidy Whitmore clients in matters pertaining to employment and labor law.  Leighton primarily works as a litigator, representing public safety agencies, cities, and counties at all levels of the litigation process, including administrative hearings and grievance arbitrations, trial, and appeal.  Most recently, Leighton successfully represented a police department in a police officer's appeal of his suspension, and secured the dismissal of two individual defendants (City employees) in a federal retaliation lawsuit.  Leighton has litigated actions brought under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act, the United States Constitution, and the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1871. Leighton also works closely with her clients in order to help them avoid litigation, providing ongoing advice and counsel on a variety of personnel issues, including investigations into suspected employee misconduct, discipline, and compliance with the POBR, FBOR, and state and federal leave laws.

Leighton also travels throughout Southern and Central California to provide trainings on various employment and management topics including social media, performance evaluations, and preventing harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.    

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Leighton clerked at the Office of the District Attorney for the County of Orange.  She was also a Judicial Extern for the Honorable James R. Lambden at the California Court of Appeal and the Honorable Thierry Patrick Colaw at Orange County Superior Court.   Leighton was a commencement speaker at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, as well as a member of the Moot Court Board.


  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles


Police Officer v. City (2015) - Personnel Hearing Board upheld the suspension of a police officer for failure to comply with Departmental orders.


Police v. City and Individual Defendants (ongoing) - Federal district court granted the motion to dismiss with prejudice, resulting in two individual defendants being dismissed from the lawsuit.


  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles

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