An associate in the firm's litigation group, Monica de Leon focuses her trial practice on the defense of public entities, such as municipalities, transportation providers, and school districts in property damage and personal injury matters, including wrongful death and catastrophic injuries.

Prior to joining Thompson Coe, Monica focused her public entity practice on the defense of law enforcement, such as police departments, sheriffs’ departments, individual officers, jails, and jail medical staff in civil rights litigation. While working in this practice area she served as managing associate on many high profile cases involving wrongful death police shootings, excessive force and wrongful arrest, employment disputes, and deliberate indifference/medical malpractice.

In addition to her experience in public entity defense, Monica’s litigation experience includes the defense of business, employment, real estate, intellectual property, toxic tort, and medical malpractice lawsuits, at both the state and federal levels.

Monica's involvement in litigated matters includes all aspects of cases, from inception through resolution. This includes executing written discovery plans, conducting and defending depositions, arguing motions, and all other aspects of trial preparation. Monica is committed to open lines of communication with her clients, making sure to keep them informed with respect to discovery, pleadings, and case status.


  • Pepperdine University School of Law  (J.D., cum laude, 2014)
    • Dispute Resolution certificate
    • Cali Excellence for the Future Award/Dean's List
    • Dean's Scholarship
  • University of California at Los Angeles  (B.A., cum laude, 2011)
    • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
    • Pho Eta Sigma Honor Society

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2014

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, Central District of California