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Peter J. Brown

Partner, Los Angeles

310.981.2000
pbrown@lcwlegal.com

Peter Brown has been involved in all areas of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's practice since 1989, representing public agencies in litigation, collective bargaining negotiations and many different types of administrative hearings.  Peter has a unique talent in promptly developing an expertise in most of the laws which impact our public agency clients such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Acts, and the state labor relations laws.  Many of the firm's clients have come to rely on his advice in guiding them in these constantly changing areas of law.

Peter has also distinguished himself as a sought-after speaker, author and trainer on topics that impact our firm's clients. He speaks at numerous conferences throughout the state of California and nationally on public sector labor and employment law topics.

Peter is one of the most prolific and popular presenters in the firm's renowned training activities. Although Peter spends much of his time out of the office in court, hearings, workshops and negotiations, he finds that the most enjoyable part of the practice of public sector labor and employment law is advising clients how to resolve day-to-day problems. "Helping people resolve a difficult problem is very gratifying. It is why I went to law school."  "I want the client to not only know the answer, but specifically what the law says.  I show them the law.  Most people are visual."

Peter has also published numerous articles and authored the CPER pocket guide to Family and Medical Care Leave.  He also co-authored Chapter 4 (Leaves of Absence) of the California Public Sector Employment Law book, State Bar of California/LexisNexis (2011).

Representative Matters

Appellate

  • Williams v. Chino Valley Fire District (2011) - A disability retired fire captain contended that he was entitled to his job back after he over-came his disabilities.  LCW attorneys argued that as a retiree, he was not entitled to his job back.  The San Bernardino Superior Court disagreed and ordered that he be given the first available Fire Captain position.  The LCW attorneys brought a writ to the California Court of Appeal and the Court of Appeal reversed the Superior Court, issuing the writ and agreeing with their argument that the law did not entitle Mr. Williams to a job with the fire district.  The Supreme Court also denied review on June 8, 2011.
  • Echaverria v. City of Upland (2004) - In an unpublished decision, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, affirmed that the trial court's decision that the nonpayment of sick leave was not punitive action under POBR that would entitle the officer to an administrative appeal because the peace officer had no right to sick leave when he was not sick.

Negotiations

Awards

Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers, Daily Journal (2012-2014)

Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers, 2007-2010, 2012-2014

NPELRA President's Award, 2012

CalPELRA Award of Excellence, 2006

Presentations

  • November 20, 2014 | Preparing For Negotiations In A Factfinding World | California Public Employer Labor Relations Association 2014 Annual Training Conference | Monterey
  • November 19, 2014 | FLSA Today! | California Public Employer Labor Relations Association 2014 Annual Training Conference | Monterey
  • October 16, 2014 | PERB/Legal Update | Public Employers Labor Relations Association of California (PELRAC) 2014 Annual Conference | Long Beach
  • October 16, 2014 | PERB/Legal Update | Public Employers Labor Relations Association of California (PELRAC) 2014 Annual Conference | Long Beach
  • October 14, 2014 | Costing Workshop | Public Employers Labor Relations Association of California (PELRAC) 2014 Annual Conference | Long Beach
  • September 19, 2014 | FLSA at the Collective Bargaining Table | Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
  • September 18, 2014 | Labor Code Sections Applicable to Public Agencies | Southern California Public Labor Relations Council (SCPLRC) September Meeting | Cerritos
  • April 28, 2014 | Negotiation Strategies for 2014 and Beyond | National Public Employer Labor Relations Association 2014 Annual Training Conference | Scottsdale
  • April 28, 2014 | FLSA | National Public Employer Labor Relations Association 2014 Annual Training Conference | Scottsdale

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York
  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton
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