Tao Leung

Tao Leung

Los Angeles

Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 310 785 4631

Fax +1 310 785 4601


Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Responsive, knowledgeable, very strategic, and can really distill complex concepts simply.

Client quote in Thomson Reuters’ Stand-out Lawyers survey

Recognizing an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure for employers, Tao Leung adopts a practical, proactive approach in advising clients how to prevent, address, and resolve workplace-related challenges.

Tao heads the Labor and Employment practice in our California offices and handles all aspects of California and federal employment law. Whether it's counseling clients regarding constantly changing employment laws, conducting internal investigations and training, or advising on M&A transactions, Tao helps employers of all sizes navigate California's particularly rigid employment laws. Tao has also successfully represented employers in labor and employment litigation, including wage-and-hour class actions, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of contract matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Tao was a labor and employment associate at another international law firm. He also has experience working as an in-house trial counsel at a Fortune 500 company.

Awards and recognitions


Labor & Employment (California)
Chambers USA


Stand-out Lawyer
Thomson Reuters

2019-2020, 2022

Top Labor & Employment Lawyer in California
Daily Journal


Top 40 Under 40
Daily Journal

Education and admissions


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 2007

B.A., University of California, San Diego, 2004


Editorial board, Law360 Employment Authority Wage & Hour

Fellow, 2022 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)

Bar admissions and qualifications


Representative experience

Represented sports and live entertainment companies in multiple wage-and-hour class actions.

Represented a large retailer in a wage-and-hour class action.

Represented an apparel company in an action alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, malicious prosecution, and violation of civil rights.

Represented an e-commerce logistics and fulfillment company in numerous wage-and-hour class actions and PAGA claims.

Represented a television production company in an action alleging retaliation and wrongful termination.

Represented a global entertainment company in harassment, discrimination, failure to accommodate, retaliation, and wrongful termination actions.

Obtained defense verdict at trial, including prevailing on appeal, in a discrimination and harassment lawsuit filed by a former in-house attorney.*

Conducted numerous investigations related to sexual harassment and workplace misconduct.

Conducted statewide wage-and-hour audits for clients and advised on implementation of revised practices and policies.

Represented a logistics and supply company in an action before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Conducted employment law trainings, including sexual harassment training for managers and wage-and-hour compliance training for senior HR managers.

Advised on corporate M&A transactions.

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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