Donna Williamson has worked extensively in all facets of education, employment and labor law on behalf of educational institutions and local public agencies including cities, counties, special districts, school and community college districts. Her areas of expertise include labor relations, labor negotiations, contract administration, employment discrimination, harassment, employee discipline, investigations and student rights. Donna has also provided clients with general legal advice and training on many education, employment and labor related topics.
As chief labor negotiator, Donna has successfully negotiated hundreds of labor contracts throughout the years. She is experienced in traditional as well as interest based bargaining, mediation and PERB proceedings. Donna has represented clients in matters involving union grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practices, strikes, unilateral implementation and other labor issues.
With first hand experience in working for and representing independent schools, public schools and community college districts, Donna possesses a unique and well rounded perspective on education issues and the needs of schools and community college districts. As former Director of Labor Relations/Labor Counsel at Sweetwater Union High School District, Donna directed the labor programs of the largest secondary school district in California, serving as chief negotiator representing the Board of Trustees with six employee associations. She has also served as the Assistant Head of School at Midland School, an independent boarding school, in Los Olivos, California, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Ynez Valley Family School in Los Olivos. Donna also co-authors the firm's monthly newsletter, Private School Matters.