Leslie A. Braun-Winet, Esq.
Highly motivated complex and general civil litigation attorney experienced in representing clients in a variety of civil litigation cases as plaintiff and defense counsel. Articulate, persuasive and highly detailed litigator with strong analytical skills, excellent oral and written communication skills that takes initiative to work well independently and as a team player while managing numerous cases at a time. Highest billing attorney from 2001 to present. In addition to litigation attorney, my diverse practice experience as plaintiff and defense counsel, coverage, mediation and settlement experience translates well to an ideal candidate for in-house counsel, general counsel and risk management. LEGAL EXPERIENCE
SIMPSON DELMORE GREENE, LLP
North San Diego: 11858 Bernardo Plaza Court, Suite 110 San Diego, CA 92128
Downtown: 400 West Broadway, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92101
March 2001 – Present.
Provide in-house consultation for large residential developer during complex construction defect cases.
Manage numerous complex construction defect cases from inception to completion for large residential and commercial developers and general contractors.
Research and draft motions and pleadings for complex construction defect cases and general civil litigation.
Propound and respond to discovery, conduct and defend depositions, participate in mediations to successful resolution, negotiate settlements and manage client expectations.
Prepare settlement demands and agreements, case status and pre-trial reports to insurance carriers.
Coverage counsel work handling additional insured insurance coverage for developers and general contractors to fund defense through trial. Analyze defense and indemnity provisions and requirements of contracts. Analyze, interpret and argue insurance coverage law. Review and analyze insurance coverage, policies, certificates of insurance and additional insured endorsements.
Manage insurance defense work.
Provide testimony on behalf of developers during deposition and trial in declaratory, breach of contract, negligence and bad faith actions. Joe B. Cordileone & Associates fka Employment Mediation & Litigation Services 2550 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor
San Diego, CA 92103
November 1998 to March 2001
Senior and Junior Associate Attorney
Represented plaintiffs in Superior Court of California in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Francisco, Sacramento, Ventura and Riverside Counties and Federal Court in Southern and Central Districts.
Represented employees in approximately one hundred employment cases including racial, national origin, gender, pregnancy, age and religious belief discrimination, sexual harassment, defamation, interference with contractual relations, breach of contract, constructive discharge and wrongful termination.
Represented plaintiffs from initial stages of litigation up to trial including preparing all pleadings, demands, discovery, law and motion, depositions, court appearances, negotiations, mediation and settlement agreements. Law Offices of Leslie A. Braun
656 Fifth Avenue, Suite C
San Diego, CA 92101
June 1996 to November 1998
Solo Practitioner Attorney
Represented plaintiffs and defendants in various types of civil litigation, employment law, family law, juvenile delinquency and criminal law cases.
Represented petitioners and respondents in family law cases involving spousal and child support; child custody; domestic violence issues, adoption, division of real and personal property, division of retirements and pensions.
Represented plaintiffs in employment cases including racial, national origin, gender, pregnancy, age and religious belief discrimination, sexual harassment, defamation, emotional distress, interference with contractual relations, breach of contract, labor code violations involving independent contractors, constructive discharge and wrongful termination.
Assisted Private Conflicts Counsel as co-counsel in juvenile delinquency cases from initial stages of litigation through trial.
Co-counsel from initial stages of litigation through trial during the appeal of sentencing under the Three Strikes Law; successfully prevailed on a Writ of Habeas Corpus; successfully arbitrated before the Commercial Division of the American Arbitration Association.
VOLUNTEER AND PROBONO SERVICES
Judge Pro Tem/Settlement Attorney – Superior Court of San Diego - April 2006 to present.
Mediate civil, business and employment litigation and family law cases during mandatory settlement conferences to successful resolution prior to trial. Pro Bono In-House Consultation – 2014 to present.
Provide consultation, analysis and preparation of documents in employment law including offers of employment, severance agreements, disciplinary procedures, stock options and vesting agreements, employee handbooks, independent contractor agreements and contractual agreements.
Voices for Children – Court Appointed Special Advocate (C.A.S.A) – June 2016 to present.
Advocating for abused, abandoned or neglected children in the foster care system to improve their lives after they are removed from home.
Working with attorneys, social workers, attorneys, teachers, family members and friends on behalf of foster children to ensure that their voices are heard and their best interests are met from the inception to conclusion of case. University of San Diego School of Law
Appellant Judge for Legal Analysis Class - 2013; 2016 and 2017.
Moot Court Judge First Year Law Students 2002-2007. Arroyo Vista Elementary School Site Council – 2000 through 2002.
As a School Site Counsel Board Member, worked with teachers, administrators, community members and parents to develop and implement a charter for the school to become a Charter School.
Volunteers in Parole - 1997 through 1999.
Mentored juvenile offenders during their parole after their release from the California Youth Authority.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Juris Doctor, December 1995
Awards: National Dean’s List, 1994; Honor Roll, 1994
Internship: Law Offices of Thomas L. Gayton, September 1995 to June 1996
Western State University College of Law – Bachelor Science of Laws, 1994
Bar Admission: California, June 1996
Courts: Superior Court of California; United States District Court – Central and Southern Divisions
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Federal Bar Association
California Bar Association
Insurance Bad Faith
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Family Law Sections
San Diego Bar Association
Top 100 Attorneys Registry
The International Women’s Leadership Association
National Association of Professional Women
Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
Voices for Children Court Appointed Special Advocate (C.A.S.A.). AWARDS & RECOGNITION
American Institute of Trial Lawyers Business Law Section, 2019 Litigator of the Year
American Academy of Attorneys Top 100, 2019 Business Law Section
Lawyers of Distinction, 2019
Certificate of Appreciation as Judge Pro Tem/Temporary Judge/Settlement Attorney, 2007-Present
Top 100 Attorneys Registry, 2018
Top Female Executives, 2016-2017
Best in Civil Litigation Disputes, 2016, San Diego
LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell 20th -Year Anniversary Commendation, 2016
Voices for Children Advocate University Graduate, Earned 100 %
The International Women’s Leadership Association, 2014
National Association of Professional Women - VIP Woman of the Year, 2013-2014
Worldwide Who’s Who, 2012-2013
LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell 15th -Year Anniversary Commendation, 2011
Cambridge Who’s Who, 2011-2012
Continental Who’s Who, 2011
American Biological Institute Woman of the Year, 2008 and 2007
President’s Citation, 2007
The Global Directory of Who’s Who – Lifetime Membership
Strathmore’s Directory of Who’s Who – Lifetime Membership
America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, 2004-2005 INTERESTS: Traveling, collecting antiques, interior design, landscape design, reading, art, playing the piano and gardening.