Attorney Laura Kelleher has devoted her entire legal career to advocating for employee victims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wage theft. Laura helps employees confront their employers and bring them to justice. In her first trial, for sexual harassment, the jury awarded the employee a verdict over 25 times the amount the employee had ever earned working for the employer. The court also ordered the employer to pay for Laura’s work on the case.
Laura earned her B.A. in Sociology at the University of California, Davis in 2008. Laura rowed for the UCD Women’s Crew team. Laura traveled the country to compete in regattas, including twice winning the San Diego Crew Classic. In 2014, Laura earned her law degree from the University of San Francisco. During law school, Laura was President of the Labor and Employment Law Student Association. She achieved a CALI Award for Academic Excellence in her Employment Law Seminar.
Laura began her career in San Diego at Gruenberg Law, representing employees. Laura drafted complaints and substantive motions, wrote and responded to discovery, conducted mediations and settlement conferences, and prepared for trial.
Laura continued to represent employees at The Pride Law Firm, where she took and defended depositions, and mentored newer attorneys and law clerks.
United States District Court, Southern District of California
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Northern District of California
Laura was born in Vicenza, Italy and spent her childhood moving across the U.S. as the child in a military family. Before law school, Laura lived and worked in El Salvador for over two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. A lifelong athlete, Laura hikes, cycles, paddle-boards, and has run eight marathons. She loves to travel, but considers herself lucky to call San Diego home