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Leonard H. Sansanowicz

Leonard H. Sansanowicz is senior counsel at Feldman Browne Olivares, APC. Mr. Sansanowicz has devoted his entire practice to protecting the rights of California employees, having successfully represented employees in employment disputes, including those involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, and violations of the various medical leave laws, as well as wage and hour individual and class actions.

Honors and Awards

  • Named a Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Star every year from 2013-2017, a distinction awarded the top 2.5% of Southern California Lawyers either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less, based on peer balloting
  • Named to the Southern California Rising Stars Up and Coming 100 list in 2015, 2016, and 2017

Education and Bar Admissions

  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 2007
    o Senior Articles Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
    o Byrne Trial Advocacy Team, member
    o Dean’s Service Award
  • City College of New York, B.F.A., 1993, summa cum laude
  • Bar Admissions:
    o California State Courts
    o United States District Court: Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts

Speaking Engagements

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Third Annual Trial Skills Academy, “Direct, Cross, and Expert Witness Examination,” June 2016 (Panelist)
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), 12th Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar, “All I Needed to Know About Arbitration I Learned Before Lunch,” May 2016 (Moderator)
  • The State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section, Webinar, “Using Unpaid Interns, Apprentices, Volunteers, and Trainees: It Could Cost You!,” December 2015
  • CELA, 11th Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar, “Emerging Trends & Legislative Update,”  April 2015 (Moderator)
  • CELA Annual Conference, “Electronically Stored Information,” October 2014 (Moderator)
  • LACBA, First Annual Trial Skills Academy, “Voir Dire: A Practitioner’s Guide to Jury Selection,”  June 2014 (Moderator)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA), “When Industry Practice and Labor Law Collide: Hot Topics in Entertainment and Employment Law,” December 2012
  • LACBA, “Everything You Always Wanted to Ask About California Employment Law But Were Afraid to Ask: FEHA, Wage and Hour, and PAGA,” January 2012 (Moderator)
  • CELA, 24th Annual Employment Law Conference, “CELA Member Victories,” October 2011 (Moderator)
  • CELA, 7th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar, April 2011 (Host)
  • West Valley CELA, Advanced Presentation on Wage and Hour Class Actions, April 2011

Know Your Rights Presentations

  • CELA, Lincoln Memorial Congregational Church, July 2016
  • CELA, Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino, July 2016
  • CELA, La Casa de San Gabriel, May 2016
  • CELA, Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), March 2016
  • CELA, Asian American Advancing Justice (AAAJ), November 2015
  • CELA, Know Your Rights, California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), May 2015
  • Know Your Wage and Hour Rights, Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), July 2009


  • Current contributing author, State Bar of California Labor and Employment Law Section Law Review, Wage and Hour Case Notes
  • Mathew Bender Series, chapter on Fair Labor Standards Act (co-author with Steven G. Pearl)
  • Using Alter Ego to Your Client’s Advantage. (The Advocate, November 2007 Issue)

Amicus Work and Briefs

  • Bain v. Tax Reducers, Inc. (2013) 219 Cal.App.4th 110, amicus curiae (CELA) request for depublication (co-author with Bryan J. Schwartz) (depublished)
  • In re: Lamps Plus Overtime Cases (2011) 195 Cal.App.4th 389, amicus curiae (CELA) supporting review, request for depublication (depublished)
  • Tien v. Tenet Healthcare Corp. (2011) 195 Cal.App.4th 1055, amicus curiae (CELA) supporting review, request for depublication (depublished)

Professional Associations and Committee Positions

  • The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Labor and Employment Law Section:
    • Executive Committee, Member
    • Saturday Seminar Committee, Co-Chair
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
    o Worker Outreach Committee, co-chair
    o Wage and Hour Committee, member
    o Legislative Committee, member
    o Technology Committee, member
  • Legal Eagles for Truth Justice and the American Way (LEFTJAW)

Volunteer Work

  • American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, law school trial advocacy competition, judge
  • National Civil Trial Competition, law school trial advocacy competition, judge
  • LACBA Dialogues on Freedom, visited local high schools to discuss the Bill of Rights
  • LACBA Barristers Law Day, advised homeowners with mortgage problems
  • Operation Gratitude, assembled care packages for U.S. service members deployed overseas
  • Miguel Contreras High School, Los Angeles School for Global Studies, conducted mock interviews to prepare students for college/professional interviews
  • Arlington Heights Elementary School, addressed students about what lawyers do and how to become a lawyer
  • Youth soccer, coach and referee


Fluent in Spanish