Leslie Parikh has been appointed to serve on two committees for the NJ State Bar Association (NJSBA): the Government, Public Sector and Public Interest Lawyers Committee, and the Insurance Defense Committee.
PRIMARY AREAS OF PRACTICE
Leslie A. Parikh, Esq., concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law, civil rights litigation and municipal law. Her representation includes clients in both the private and public sector in State and Federal Court. Ms. Parikh likewise handles claims brought before the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights and the EEOC.
Ms. Parikh handles all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including wrongful discharge and retaliation claims brought pursuant to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), New Jersey’s Whistleblower Law, Title VII, and the ADA. In addition, she handles unemployment matters, negotiates employment contracts and severance pay, drafts employee manuals and provides harassment training to employers and their employees. Ms. Parikh has successfully handled numerous cases involving claims of hostile work environment, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, whistleblower liability, and retaliation. She has also obtained numerous favorable decisions and dismissals in a variety of civil rights cases brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983.
In addition, Ms. Parikh has successfully defended municipalities, school boards, police departments and a variety of other public bodies in numerous Title 59 cases. She has prevailed on numerous pre-trial motions for summary judgment, as well as on appeal on behalf of school boards and other public entities.
Ms. Parikh graduated cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1999, and received a Bachelor’s degree in 1996 from Rutgers University. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen F. Smith, Jr., J.S.C., in Morris County, NJ, and was admitted to the bar of the state of New Jersey in 2000. Ms. Parikh joined Gebhardt & Kiefer in 2001, and became partner in 2013.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
Ms.Parikh is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association (NJSBA),theHunterdon Bar Association, the New Jersey Defense Association and the Institute of Local Government Attorneys. She serves ontwoNJSBA committee: the Government, Public Sector and Public Interest Lawyers Committee, and the Insurance Defense Committee. She also serves as a member of the Vicinage XIII Ethics Committee, and is a former adjunct professor at Raritan Valley Community College. Ms. Parikh is also a graduate of the Leadership Hunterdon Class of 2015.