Beasley Allen lawyer Leslie Pescia was recently elected Secretary of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) New Lawyers Division. The AAJ New Lawyers Division is a caucus made up of members who have been practicing less than 10 years or are younger than 35. The group’s focus is networking, fundraising, continuing education, public service, and membership benefits.
Leslie began her career at Beasley Allen in 2012 as a law clerk in our Consumer Fraud Section. Now, Leslie is one of the youngest principal attorneys at the firm and has extensive experience handling complex litigations including national class actions and multidistrict litigations (MDLs). Additionally, Leslie has the distinct honor of serving as the firm’s first Pro Bono Coordinator. Before she began focusing her practice on consumer protection issues and complex litigation, Leslie worked in our Toxic Torts Section handling cases related to the BP Oil Spill litigation.
As she has honed her knowledge and skills in complex litigation, Leslie has helped secure millions in settlements for financial institution clients, which experienced significant economic loss as a result of data breaches. The litigations raised awareness about the problems created by unsecured or inadequately secured confidential information. They also prompted retail and other industries to improve procedures for securing consumers’ confidential information. Leslie’s investigation and her role in the discovery and briefing stages of the litigation helped establish the liability of companies whose data, which included personal consumer information, was exposed to security risks. Her contributions as part of the litigation teams helped secure a $39.3 million settlement in the Target data breach and a $25 million settlement in the Home Depot data breach.
“Being able to fight for and receive justice for a client is my favorite part of being an attorney,” Leslie said. “My second favorite thing about practicing law is that it constantly changes. Of course, many things are similar from day to day, but each case presents a different client, a different defendant, a different problem, or a different set of facts. Likewise, laws get updated, overturned, or altered in various ways, so the law is constantly evolving.”
Leslie is also a member of The National Advocates – Top 40 Under 40 and received the American Association for Justice’s New Lawyer’s Division Excellence Award every year since 2015. She also has been selected to the Midsouth Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list since 2018. In 2017, Leslie was recognized by her law partners as Beasley Allen’s Fraud Section Attorney of the Year.
Leslie is a member of the Alabama State Bar, Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section, Alabama State Bar Diversity Committee, Alabama State Bar Women’s Section, the Alabama Association for Justice, where she is part of the Emerging Leaders, and the Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Program. She is a 2018 AAJ Leadership Academy graduate. Leslie also is a member of the AAJ’s Women Trial Lawyer Caucus, Membership Oversight Committee, Class Action Litigation Group, and PAC Task Force. In 2019, Leslie became an Ex-officio Trustee of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, a national legal “think tank” dedicated to ensuring access to justice for ordinary citizens. She is also a member of the Montgomery Lions Club, Auburn Alumni Association, and the Board of Directors of The F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum.
Leslie attended Auburn University, graduating cum laude with her B.A. in 2009. She earned her J.D., graduating magna cum laude, from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2013. During law school, she was a Knabe Scholar and was named 2013 Advocate of the Year. Also, while in law school, Leslie clerked with Justice Greg Shaw of the Supreme Court of Alabama, as well as the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. She also worked with Circuit Judge Christopher Hughes for the 37th Judicial District of Alabama and as a research assistant.
Leslie was raised in Scottsboro, Alabama, and now lives in Montgomery, Alabama, with her three dogs, Toby, Tucker, and Scout. Leslie is an avid sports fan and likes to spend her spare time at all types of sporting events, from football games to boxing matches.