Liebert Cassidy Whitmore attorneys assist our clients in preventing lawsuits through education, training, audits, and advice and counsel. When our clients are sued, we have an effective team of litigators and trial attorneys. Our firm specializes in representing employers and educational institutions in the defense of legal actions; we have a solid reputation as a results-oriented, successful litigation firm. Our attorneys are experts in all phases of litigation in both federal and state courts: pleading, discovery, motion practice, including anti-SLAPP motions and summary judgment motions, mediations, settlement and trial. While we take an aggressive stance in litigation and at trial, our priority always remains the same - achieving the best results for our clients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.
Our particular expertise is the defense of public agencies and educational institutions in actions brought by employees, former employees, applicants, and students alleging employment related claims, constitutional violations, breach of contract and/or torts claims. Typically lawsuits we defend include allegations claiming violations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA"); Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"); Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"); Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"); Meyers-Milias-Brown Act ("MMBA"); Family and Medical Care Leave Acts ("FMLA"); wrongful termination; violation of state and/or federal constitutional rights, such as due process, First Amendment Section 1983 claims, defamation claims and privacy claims. We are also experts in the defense of actions brought by students alleging school-related violations such as harassment, discrimination (e.g., Title IX) Unruh civil rights claims, breach of contract and tort claims.
Our attorneys have handled a number of jury trials resulting in defense verdicts, including claims for violation of constitutional rights; disability discrimination; "reverse" discrimination; sex discrimination; sexual harassment; national origin discrimination; age discrimination; race discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and retaliation under both state and federal laws.
We represent our clients in the defense of writs of mandate under both California Code of Civil Procedure section 1085 and section 1094.5. We regularly defend and handle declaratory relief and injunctive relief actions.
We are also experts in appellate work. We have handled appeals in such areas as alleged police liability, civil rights violations, labor relations and employment discrimination. We have many published California appellate court decisions and federal 9th Circuit court of appeals decisions.
We are very proud of our success at the pre-trial stage. We regularly win cases at the initial pleading stage and through summary judgments.
Class Action/Multi-Plaintiff Defense
LCW lawyers have successfully litigated many class action and multi-plaintiff lawsuits. We have particular expertise in complex Fair Labor Standards Act cases. We have obtained pre-certification dismissals and summary judgments, conducted class discovery, and defeated class certifications.