Lesli Ligorner has more than 25 years of experience serving clients on a wide range of labor and employment matters, with more than 15 of those years spent on the ground in China. She advises a broad range of financial services, telecommunications, media, technology, life sciences, and general manufacturing clients on the full suite of employment issues in China, including hiring and termination, discrimination and harassment policies, training, and investigations. Lesli is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.
Lesli leads the labor and employment practice in mainland China and handles cross-border employment matters and internal investigations across the Asia-Pacific region. She advises on global mobility and immigration, leaves of absence, wage and hour laws, intellectual property protection, and unionization and collective bargaining.
Lesli’s practice further includes compliance counseling and training covering establishment and enforcement of company policies, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and local anticorruption compliance, export controls, data protection and cybersecurity issues, and employment and anticorruption due diligence in mergers and acquisitions and related internal investigations.
For three consecutive years, Lesli was listed as one of the “Attorneys Who Matter” in the labor and employment category by the Ethisphere Institute. She has also been identified as one of the top 150 lawyers in China by China Business Law Journal for three years running and one of the top 100 global female investigations lawyers by Global Investigations Review, listed in Chambers Global, named to The Legal 500 Hall of Fame for China Employment & Labor, and named “Lawyer of the Year” for Labour & Employment by China Law & Practice and AsiaMoney Women in Business Law.
Recommended, Regulatory/Compliance: Foreign Firms, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: China (2023)
Recommended, Regulatory/Compliance: Foreign Firms, China, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2021)
Top 100 Women in Litigation, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (2021, 2022)
Litigation Star, Dispute Resolution and White Collar Crime, China, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (2020–2022)
Leading Individual, Hall of Fame, Band 1, China: Labor and Employment, Foreign Firms, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2011–2022)
Ranked, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (International Firms), China, Chambers Global (2017–2022)
Band 1, Employment: PRC Law (International Firms), China, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2019–2021)
Ranked, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (International Firms), China, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2018–2022)
Ranked, Star Lawyer, Acritas (2018-2021)
The A-List, China Business Law Journal (2017–2022)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017, 2019)