Leah Kennedy joined Katz Banks Kumin as an Associate in September 2023. Prior to joining Katz Banks Kumin, Ms. Kennedy was an Associate with Liu Peterson-Fisher LLP, a Bay Area employment and civil rights law firm that merged with Katz Banks Kumin in 2023.

During her time at Katz Banks Kumin, Ms. Kennedy has litigated a number of individual and class action employment and civil rights matters. Her work has included wage and hour, discrimination, sexual harassment, and whistleblower claims.

Ms. Kennedy received her JD from Stanford Law School in 2022 with highest pro bono distinction. At Stanford, Ms. Kennedy was involved in disability justice, immigrant rights, and worker rights causes, and she founded the Racial and Disability Justice Project, a pro bono project centered on empowering Latinx families in attaining services for their children with disabilities. Over the course of her time at Stanford, Ms. Kennedy advocated for tenant protections during the COVID-19 pandemic at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County; represented clients in housing, social security disability, and criminal record expungement matters through Stanford’s Community Law Clinic; and served in the National Origin and Immigrants’ Rights Program at Legal Aid at Work. Ms. Kennedy spent her 2L summer at The Liu Law Firm, P.C., the predecessor to Liu Peterson-Fisher LLP. She also served as a judicial extern for Judge Robert E. Bacharach for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit in fall 2021. In 2024, she was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, a well-respected legal media organization.

Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Leah received her bachelor’s degree in music composition from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. Prior to law school, she worked as an immigration paralegal.

Ms. Kennedy is admitted to the bar in California.

Publications

Leah Kennedy, Note, Can I Have Your Baby? Paternalism, Autonomy, and Money in California’s “Surrogacy-Friendly” Statutory Scheme, 33 Stan. L. & Pol’y Rev. 187 (2022).

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