Connie represents Liebert Cassidy Whitmore clients including cities, counties, and school and community college districts in litigation, disciplinary proceedings, grievances, and negotiations. Connie has successfully represented public agencies in litigation cases in both federal and state courts. Connie has a demonstrated record of obtaining success for the firm's clients before trial via law and motion, mediation, and settlement. She also has extensive appellate experience and has argued before the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Connie has worked extensively with law enforcement and fire agencies in disciplinary matters and assists them with issues surrounding the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (POBR) and the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act (FBOR). In addition, she regularly advises clients regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), leaves laws, disability law, and labor law. Connie also conducts FLSA and personnel policy audits.
In addition to her litigation work, Connie is also an experienced negotiator. Having worked directly with chief administrative officials, she provides professional advice to agencies in determining their policy goals and objectives. She is skilled in all stages of negotiations from preliminary bargaining phases to factfinding to finalizing agreements, while maintaining an organized approach in order to maximize the chances of attaining bargaining objectives.
One of the firm's most popular presenters, Connie has provided training for thousands of public sector supervisors and employees through consortiums and customized training programs on such topics as leaves, the FLSA, employee investigations, absenteeism, labor relations, performance evaluations, the FBOR, harassment, discrimination, and e-discovery.