Leslie A. McAdam


The millions of dollars civil litigator Leslie McAdam has secured and saved for her clients during real estate disputes represents just part of the value she brings to Ferguson Case Orr Paterson. Experienced with business, employment, and unlawful detainers and other matters, Leslie has been lauded widely for her commercial real estate-focused practice.

Leslie came to Ferguson Case Orr Paterson in 2002 after drafting energy and environmental legislation as a deputy counsel at the nonpartisan Legislative Counsel Bureau of California. A 2000 graduate of the Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, Leslie also earned a certificate in environmental and natural resources law and was an associate editor of the school’s Environmental Law review. In 1997, Leslie graduated summa cum laude from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, where she earned a bachelor of sciences degree in forestry and natural resources. She also studied Spanish at Spain’s Universidad de Granada in 1996.

With more than seventeen years as a member of our team, Leslie also dedicates her energy in service of the community. She has been a volunteer attorney with Santa Clara Valley Legal Aid since 2009. In 2012 she was recognized with the Ventura County Bar Association/Volunteer Legal Service Project’s James D. Loebl award for her pro-bono work, with the State Bar of California’s Presidents Pro Bono Service Award. She has received numerous other awards, and is rated preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell peer-review ratings. She was also recognized from 2009-2015 by Los Angeles Magazine in its “Super Lawyers” Rising Stars Edition.

Noteworthy Matters

  • Employment Dispute: $2.5 million arbitration award for client employee against major insurance corporation for age and disability discrimination.
  • Employment Dispute: Six figure arbitration award for client employee against major pharmaceutical company for constructive termination.
  • Real Estate Dispute: Arbitration award for client seller of real property recovering escrow funds.
  • Construction Defect: Arbitration award for homeowner clients against driveway contractor.


Practice Groups

Bar and Professional

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of California President’s Pro Bono Service Award, 2012
  • James D. Loebl, VCBA/VLSP, Inc. Pro Bono Award, 2012
  • Rising Star, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2009 – 2015
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
  • State Bar of California Sixtieth Annual Bench and Bar Art Exhibit, Third Place and Honorable Mention, 2012
  • CPA/Law Society Scholarship Committee
  • Ventura County Barristers (former President)
  • Ventura County Bar Association, (former Board Member)
  • Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association (former Board Member)


  • J.D., Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law, cum laude, 2000
  • Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Lewis and Clark College, 2000
  • B.S., California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Forestry and Natural Resources, summa cum laude, 1997
  • Universidad de Granada, Spain, minor in Spanish, 1996


  • Santa Clara Valley Legal Aid (Volunteer Attorney, 2009-Present)

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