Lisl Soto


Telephone: (213) 380-2344

Hastings College of Law, 2008
University of California, Berkeley, 2004

Lisl Soto (née Duncan) is a shareholder in the Los Angeles office of Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld.  Since 2008, she has represented Unions in all aspects of labor and employment law.  Her practice includes litigation involving wage and hour matters, state and federal anti-discrimination laws, as well as the duty of fair representation.  Ms. Soto regularly practices before the National Labor Relations Board in both representation matters and unfair labor practice proceedings, including Purple Communications, 361 NLRB No. 126 (Dec. 11, 2014) [overruled by the Trump-era Board in Caesars Entertainment d/b/a/ Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, 368 NLRB No. 143 (Dec. 17, 2019)].  Her practice further extends to handling arbitrations, contract negotiations, providing advice to Trust Funds, and dealing with matters arising under California’s laws governing public sector employees.  Ms. Soto has extensive experience in training officers, business representatives and Union stewards on many labor and employment law topics, including grievance processing, contract negotiations, wage and hour law, sexual harassment, discrimination, ADA, FMLA, and other forms of protected leave.

Ms. Soto regularly presents at legal conferences on various topics, including as a recent commentator for the 39th Annual Piper Lecture at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Ms. Soto’s practice focuses extensively on wage and hour litigation.  She is experienced in all aspects of class action litigation, including assembly of classes, discovery covering large groups of similarly situated employees and motions for class certification.  Ms. Soto has acted as the primary plaintiffs’ attorney on numerous wage and hour class action lawsuits in the California counties of Alameda, Fresno, Kings, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Sacramento and Solano, as well as in federal court in the Central District.  A sampling of these matters include, Godfrey v. Oakland Port Services Corp. (AB Trucking) (Oct. 28, 2014) 220 Cal.App.4th 1267 (Alameda County); Herrera et al. v. Petrochem Insulation, Inc., Case No. 5:14-cv-02066-VAP (SPx) (Central District); Henninger et al. v. AECOM Technology Corporation, Case No. 11-C-0141 (Kings County); and Mataiumu et al. v. Cytec Engineered Materials, Inc., Case No. SA CV14-01548 DOC (RNBx) (Central District).

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Soto received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 2004 with a major in English and a minor in Peace & Conflict Studies, and graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law with her J.D. in 2008.  She worked as a Peggy Browning Fund Fellow in the Division of Judges at the National Labor Relations Board in 2007, and interned at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and with a small firm in Barcelona, Spain in 2006.  She served as Editor in Chief of the Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal from 2007-2008.  During law school, Ms. Soto participated in the Workers’ Rights Clinic, Refugee & Human Rights Clinic, Pilipino American Law Society, Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation, and volunteered with organizations including the General Assistance Advocacy Project and the Tenderloin After-School Program.  She received Hastings’ 3L Class Leader Award in 2008 by vote of her peers.

Ms. Soto endeavors to dedicate her legal career to social justice and positively impacting the lives of working people.

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Practice Areas:
Labor Arbitrations and Collective Bargaining Negotiations
Class Actions and Wage and Hour Litigation
Employment Discrimination
Enforcing Labor Standards on Public Works Projects
Employee Benefit Plans and Union-Related Trust Funds