Recognized as a pre-eminent public sector labor relations attorney, John Liebert built his reputation by successfully representing hundreds of public agencies - including cities and counties, schools, colleges and special districts - throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada. Mr. Liebert effectively represented public agency management before the California Public Employment Relations Board, Personnel and Civil Service Commissions, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor in arbitrations, fact-findings and other administrative proceedings, and before trial and appellate courts. He negotiated many hundreds of labor agreements covering all types of public employees. His expertise encompassed the full sweep of public sector employment and labor law.
Prior to founding Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, John served as Deputy City Attorney and then as Assistant City Manager and Labor Relations Counsel for the City of Sacramento.
During the course of his career, John served as a spokesperson for the League of California Cities before legislative committees and federal and state executive branch officials. He served in that capacity on behalf of the League and the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association in connection with the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to state and local government. Recently he represented the League and the California State Association of Counties in connection with legislation putting local agencies under the jurisdiction of the Public Employment Relations Board.
John was an accomplished writer and speaker in the field of public sector labor and employment relations law. His writings include manuals and articles such as the "Management Strike Handbook," "Implementing the Fair Labor Standards Act," "Comparable Worth in the Courts," "Unilateral Action on Bargainable Issues," "Do Individuals Have Bargaining Rights Under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act?", "Bargaining in Hard Times" and "Can Arbitration Lock the Courthouse Doors to Employment Claims" which have been published by the Hastings Law Journal, the University of California's Institute of Industrial Relations, the International Personnel Management Association, the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association and the League of California Cities.
John made hundreds of presentations on a wide variety of employment and labor topics to many professional organizations throughout the country, including the Institute of Industrial Relations at both UCLA and UC Berkeley, the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association, the International Personnel Management Association, the League of Cities organizations of California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington, the California State Association of Counties, the State of Hawaii Department of Employment and the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association.
He was been recognized by both the National and California Public Employer Labor Relations Associations with their highest awards of excellence.
Selected for inclusion in Southern California SuperLawyer, 2010
Selected for inclusion in Southern California SuperLawyer, 2009
Selected for inclusion in Southern California SuperLawyer, 2008
Selected for inclusion in Southern California SuperLawyer, 2007
Selected for inclusion in Southern California SuperLawyer, 2006
National Public Employer Labor Relations Association Award of Excellence
California Public Employer Labor Relations Association Award of Excellence