(405) 340-1900

Leah M. Avey

Partner

 

Leah M. Avey

Leah M. Avey

Partner

“Respect for the law and courts, integrity, and ethical conduct are the core tenets of my approach to the practice of law. I strive to treat employers and their representatives as I would want to be treated, including the efficient use of time. I work to provide practical solutions based on the law and convey useful information so that a client can make good business decisions.”

Prior to working with the firm, Leah had over 10 years of experience in the areas of Human Resources and employment benefits. Employment is key to a thriving economy and adherence to employment laws promotes an optimum workplace and the best opportunity for success. Leah’s consultation and advice on employment law issues is an everyday chance to communicate compliance, practical application of the law and to help an entity avoid lawsuits. Leah views litigation and knowledge of the processes of employment law enforcement as an opportunity to guide and walk alongside an employer to achieve the best possible result under contentious circumstances.

Leah has presented numerous times on behalf of the Oklahoma Bar Association and civic groups on Employment Law subjects. Her main practice areas include employment defense litigation, problem solving and daily consultation with employers; severance agreement drafting and review, research and writing briefs, motions and pleadings; contract, policy and procedure drafting and review, supervisor and employee training; and corporate document and contract review.


 

 

Education

 

  • J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law (2007)
  • B.S. from Oklahoma Christian University (1982)
Publications

  • Editor and Co-Editor of the annual Oklahoma Human Resources Manual and Oklahoma Model Policies and Forms for Oklahoma Employers, published by the American Chamber of Commerce Resources for 2013 – 2016.
  • Oklahoma Bar Journal, Keys to Oklahoma’s Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claim, Vol. 82, No. 26 p. 2245, October 8, 2011
  • Oklahoma Bar Journal, Family Responsibility Discrimination: Recognizing Unlawful Discrimination against Family Caregivers, Vol. 79, No. 13 May 10, 2008 (with Tim Eisel)
  • Oklahoma City University Law Review, Walk to the Line, Compensable Time, Note, Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring, 2007

Presentations

 

  • Presentation to the Lawton, Oklahoma Employers’ Council, on
    the topic of Hiring and Retention of Employees, July 19, 2016.
  • Presentation(s) to the McAlester, Oklahoma Employers’ Council,
    on the topic of Updates and Current Topics in Workplace Law
    June 14, 2016.
  • Presentation to the Oklahoma Works Conference 2016,
    Baby Boomers, Gen-X, Gen-Y, Millennials, on April 22, 2016.
  • Presentation to NFP/Maschino Huddelson Annual Meeting on
    The Changing Landscape of Employment Law, April 6, 2016.
  • Presentation to the Oklahoma Roofing Contractors Association
    Changes in the Roofing Registration Act, March 3, 2016.
  • Presentation(s) to the McAlester, Oklahoma Employers’ Council,
    on the topic of Let’s Talk Initials, October 12, 2015.
  • Presentation for the Payne County Bar Association Meeting;
    Spring Training; Employment Law Line-up, April 15, 2015.
  • Presentation for the South Oklahoma City Lawyers Assoc.
    Twelve Days of Employment Law Tips, December 18, 2014
  • Oklahoma Bar Association Women In Law Committee, August 26, 2014: “How Hostile is a Hostile Work Environment?”
  • Edmond Rotary International, July 2, 2014: “Fairness in the American Workplace”
  • Oklahoma Bar Association September 5 & 6, 2013: S*x in the Workplace: Don’t Lose Your Asterisk Over It on the topic, “Sexual Pay Disparity & The Glass Ceiling.”
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Women in Law Day, September 28, 2012: “Straight Talk: Law of the Workplace”

Admissions/Memberships

 

  • Admitted to Practice
    • Oklahoma State Bar
    • All United States Federal District Courts in Oklahoma
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Member, Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Member, Edmond Rotary International
  • Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, U.S. District Court, W.D. Oklahoma

Honors and Awards
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law: J.D., magna cum laude;
  • Member and Research Editor OCU Law Review
  • Oklahoma Bar Association Leadership Academy, Class of 2012
  • “Rising Star”, Oklahoma Super Lawyers 2010 -2016

Phone: (405) 340-1900 ext.121

Fax : (405) 340-1001