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Michael Leb
USC Gould School of Law

Michael Leb

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: January 10, 2020




Michael H. Leb has been a full-time neutral since 2008. He has nearly 30 years of broad-based legal experience with a unique blend of traditional labor law, litigation and transactional expertise. He has practiced at Latham & Watkins, held senior executive positions with two Fortune 50 companies and represented plaintiffs at a top-tier trial boutique and as a solo practitioner. His litigation experience includes both the trial and appellate work in public and private sector labor and employment law, including class actions, as well as federal and state court commercial litigation.

Leb serves on numerous panels in arbitration and mediation at the local, state and national levels. In addition, he has held executive staff positions, including as senior vice president of people for Wal-Mart and vice president of labor relations. Most recently, he founded and served as CEO of Choctál LLC.

Leb is a lecturer in law at the USC Gould School of Law, and has been an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He is a frequent speaker on ADR and has published a number of articles on mediation and substantive law issues. Leb graduated from Yale, cum laude, and the University of Michigan Law School.

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Bloomberg Government
June 22, 2022
Re: Franita Tolson

Franita Tolson was interviewed about how federal lawsuits from North Carolina, Alabama, and Arkansas test the limits of the Voting Rights Act, the boundaries of state government authority, and the ability of voting rights groups to file racial gerrymandering cases. “These doctrines and approaches in these cases fundamentally reset the rules of the game,” she said. “In 2030 we will live in a completely different world than we lived in in 2020, and 2020 was not favorable to minority voters at all.”

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