We provide essential and comprehensive labor and employment legal services to our clients with consistent and commonsense advice and guidance in employment, personnel administration, labor relations and labor negotiations. Our areas of expertise include, as examples, drafting of personnel rules and policies; enforcement of workplace management and employee rights; assistance in drafting and implementing hiring processes; employee evaluation, promotion, discipline, and discharge processes; employee training; personnel file maintenance and disclosure; personnel investigations; due process hearings and appeals; disability and retirement issues; labor organizing and recognition processes; labor relations; employee and labor grievances; and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements.
In addition to our extensive advisory work, we handle complex and often sensitive labor and employment litigation, including defending and prosecuting administrative charges before state and federal agencies. We assertively represent our clients as advocates when litigation arises, and have represented clients at all levels of the state and federal judicial systems and administrative and regulatory agencies.
Expertise in Action
Our attorneys have provided labor and employment legal advice to a number of public agency clients since its inception, including the cities of Adelanto, Arvin, Baldwin Park, Banning, Bell, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Chino Hills, Covina, Culver City, Cypress, Fillmore, Fresno, Glendora, Grand Terrace, Hemet, Hesperia, Industry, Irwindale, King City, La Canada Flintridge, Lawndale, Lynwood, Lompoc, Menifee, Morro Bay, Murrieta, Newport Beach, Palm Springs, Pasadena, Perris, Rialto, Rancho Palos Verdes, Richmond, San Dimas, San Gabriel, Santa Fe Springs, Signal Hill, South El Monte, South Gate, Stanton, Suisun City, Town of Yucca Valley, and Yuba City as well as special districts and joint powers and housing authorities, including the Casitas Municipal Water District, Foothill Municipal Water District, Contra Costa Water District, Bay Area Rapid Transit District (“BART”), Truckee Sanitation District, Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency, Central Marin Sanitation Agency, Hidden Valley Lake Community Services District, Housing Authority of the County of Madera, Housing Authority of County of San Bernardino, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, Palmdale Water District, Jurupa Area Recreation and Park District, the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Parks District, the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority and West Basin Municipal Water District, and a number of trial courts, including the Alameda County Superior Court, Contra Costa County Superior Court, Shasta County Superior Court, Fresno County Superior Court, Orange County Superior Court, San Diego County Superior Court, and the Judicial Council of California.
We believe in a team approach both in terms of attorneys staffing a given matter or representing a particular client, as well as working with the client’s internal management team. We begin by focusing the delivery of services with a designated attorney “team” so that in the event of the unavailability of a primary attorney, there will be someone else immediately available who is familiar with the client and/or matter who can respond promptly to the client. We also appropriately staff matters based upon efficient and economical use of senior attorneys, junior attorneys, paralegals, litigation support specialists, and document clerks.
We realize the sensitivity inherent in employment issues and make it our primary purpose to present options and develop effective strategies to obtain successful results, often by preventing or resolving employment disputes or liability issues before they become publicly or economically detrimental to our clients. To accomplish this, our lawyers often work as part of a client’s management “team,” providing services ranging from simple legal guidance to direct representation in personnel administration, complex labor negotiations, and administratively and/or civilly contested matters. In this way, we develop a breadth and depth of understanding of the client and its unique cultural and labor relations needs.