Leslie P. Machado


Offices: Alexandria | Washington D.C

Direct: 703-775-8607

Fax: 804-237-0250


  • Professional Overview

    Mr. Machado counsels and advises a diverse range of clients on various areas of law. He is also an experienced litigator, having tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts and in arbitrations.

    Mr. Machado regularly represents employers in a wide variety of employment matters, including discipline; responding to discrimination charges; and defending wrongful discharge claims, disability discrimination claims, age discrimination claims, and claims of unlawful harassment and race and gender discrimination. In addition to employers, Les also represents accountants, insurance brokers, lawyers and other professionals.

    Mr. Machado routinely represents clients in complex and high-stakes litigation involving commercial and tort matters, including matters involving trade secrets and unfair competition, the False Claims Act, product liability claims, and contract disputes.

    Mr. Machado has participated in over 30 appeals, including appeals at the United States Supreme Court; the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, First, Fourth and Ninth Circuits; and appellate courts in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, New York and Guam. These appeals have involved a wide range of substantive matters, including telecommunications, insurance coverage, employment, First Amendment, state taxation, criminal, accounting malpractice and zoning. Mr. Machado also has extensive experience successfully handling appeals of state administrative agency decisions.

  • Practice Areas
  • Education and Admissions


    • J.D., University at Buffalo School of Law, cum laude, 1996
    • B.A., Fordham University, 1992

    States Licensed

    • District of Columbia
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • New York
    • Virginia
  • Professional Organization Memberships
    • Member, ABA Litigation Editorial Board (2012-2014)
    • Adjunct Professor, George Washington University Law School (2010-2013; 2015)
    • Member of Advisory Board, News Literacy Project (2011-2019)
    • Appointed Member, University at Buffalo School of Law DC Leadership Council (2007-present); Chair (2011-2012)
  • News, Honors, Publications & Speeches
    • Survey of District of Columbia Libel Law,” Media Law Resource Center, Inc., 50-State Survey (annual update since 2004)
    • “Caveat Emptor: You May Be Purchasing More Than Assets,” USLaw Magazine (Fall 2018)
    • “Why decisions in DC illustrate the need for a federal anti-SLAPP law,” Public Participation Project Guest Blogger (July 2018)
    • “Liar Liar, Pants on Fire,” USLaw Magazine (September 2016)
    • “Does ‘Tolled’ Mean ‘Suspended’ or ‘Extended’ in §1367(d)?” Federal Bar Association SideBAR (Winter 2014)
    • “My DC Anti-SLAPP Motion Was Denied!” – Now What?” Law360 (March 10, 2014)
    • “Who Owns Your Social Media Account and Followers When Your Employee Leaves,” Corporate Compliance Insights (April 2013)
    • “Do Twombly and Iqbal Apply to Affirmative Defenses,” The Federal Lawyer (July 2012)
    • “Title VII and the Public Sector Transgender Employee,” HR News Magazine (January 2012)
    • “Protecting Against Employee Theft,” Human Resource Executive Online (July 12, 2010)
    • “Courts Increasingly Split on Whether Computer Fraud & Abuse Act Applies to Disloyal Employees,” Inform Legal (July 9, 2010)
    • “Immunity Under § 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996: A Short Primer,” Journal of Internet Law (Sept. 2006)
    • “Immunity Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 – A Return to Normalcy in 2005,” National Law Journal (Feb. 27, 2006)
    • “Recent Developments in Section 230 Immunity,” National Law Journal (April 15, 2002)
    • “Subpoenaing Cable Company ISPs,” New York Law Journal (Feb. 2001)
    • “Web Hosting Entitled to Section 230 Protection,” LDRC Libelletter (Nov. 2000)