Rizkallah

Leah S. Rizkallah

Associate
Boston

I advise clients in complex disputes and investigations that present business and employment-related challenges.

Leah S. Rizkallah’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, internal and government investigations, and employment-related disputes. Leah has experience representing clients in healthcare, professional services, clean energy, and broadcasting. She maintains an active pro bono practice, including work dedicated to government transparency and reproductive rights.

Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Leah practiced at a New York law firm where she advised on a variety of litigation and investigation matters, including corporate governance and complex M&A disputes before the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2016
  • Boston University, B.S., summa cum laude, 2012

Bar and Court Admissions

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Experience

GOVERNMENT AND INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS

  • Conducted internal investigations for companies in the sports, broadcasting, and technology industries related to allegations of race and gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, and hostile work environments by employees.
  • Conducted internal investigation for insurance company related to anonymous complaints alleging improper and unfair claims management and financial manipulation.
  • Representing individuals in insider trading investigations by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Representing Big Four audit firm in connection with SEC investigation concerning global pharmaceutical company.
CIVIL LITIGATION AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE DISPUTES
  • Representing Big Four accounting firm against aiding and abetting fraud claim in the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court.
  • Represented investment management company and leadership in Delaware Court of Chancery in connection with non-competition, fiduciary duties, and trade secrets dispute with major fast-casual restaurant chain.
  • Represented clean energy company in arbitration hearing concerning claims of fraudulent inducement and breach of contract.
  • Obtained dismissal of unjust enrichment claim against private equity firm in Delaware Court of Chancery.
  • Successfully represented large shareholder in a books and records trial in the Delaware Court of Chancery. 
EMPLOYMENT-RELATED LITIGATION
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of a pharmaceutical client in federal district court involving enforcement of a non-competition agreement, and successfully represented the client in First Circuit appeal.
  • Represented pharmaceutical client in the Massachusetts Superior Court Business Litigation Section in connection with non-competition and non- solicitation dispute.
  • Represented founder and CEO in dispute and arbitration involving alleged breaches of employment agreements and fiduciary duties.
  • Advised a variety of clients in pre-litigation non-competition and non-solicitation disputes.

Honors & Involvement

HONORS
  • High Honor, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 2020 Pro Bono Honor Roll (November 2021)
  • High Honor, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 2019 Pro Bono Honor Roll (November 2020)
INVOLVEMENT
  • Boston Bar Association 
  • Woman’s Bar Association