Leslie A. Braun (Winet), Esq.
Highly motivated complex and general civil litigation attorney with more than 20 years of experience as plaintiff and defense counsel representing clients in a wide variety of civil litigation cases including employment, business, real estate and construction defect litigation. Articulate, results-driven, organized, persuasive and highly detailed litigator with excellent oral and written communication skills, proficient research and analytical skills, that takes initiative to work skillfully independently as well as a team player. Diverse practice experience in complex litigation, insurance, employment and business law as plaintiff and defense counsel as well as mediation and settlement experience translates easily to an ideal candidate to practice additional areas of law.
LEGAL EXPERIENCE SIMPSON DELMORE GREENE, LLP, San Diego, CA 2001 –
Provided in-house consultation for large residential developer during complex construction defect and civil litigation cases.
Managed numerous complex construction defect cases from inception to completion for large residential and commercial developers and general contractors.
Researched and drafted motions and pleadings for business, real estate, complex construction defect cases and general civil litigation.
Propounded and responded discovery, conducted and defended depositions, participated in mediation and mandatory settlement conferences to successful resolutions, negotiated settlements, managed client expectations and trial preparation.
Prepared settlement demands, settlement agreements, case status and pre-trial reports to insurance carriers.
Handled coverage counsel work involving additional insured insurance coverage for developers and general contractors to fund their defense through trial. Analyzed contracts including defense and indemnity provisions and requirements. Analyzed, interpreted and argued insurance coverage law.
Managed insurance defense work including real estate and products liability.
Provided expert testimony on behalf of developers during deposition and trial in declaratory, breach of contract, negligence and bad faith actions.
Top billing attorney from 2001 to 2/28/20.
Joe B. Cordileone & Associates fka E.M.L.S., San Diego, CA 1998 – 2001 Senior 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, San Diego, CA 1996 – 1998 Solo Practitioner Attorney
Represented plaintiffs and defendants in various types of civil litigation, employment, family, 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 2006 – Current
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 – Current
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 for a commercial lending bank. Voices for Children – Court Appointed Special Advocate 2016 – Current 3
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 2002 – 2007; 2013; 2016 – 2017
Appellant Judge for Legal Analysis Class and Moot Court Judge First Year Law Students
Arroyo Vista Elementary School Site Council Board Member 2000 – 2002
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 – 1999
Mentored juvenile offenders during their parole after their release from the California Youth Authority.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Juris Doctor
Awards: National Dean’s List; Honor Roll
Internship: Law Offices of Thomas L. Gayton
Western State University College of Law – Bachelor Science of Laws
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 Section
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 – 2020
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