Richard (Rick) Bolanos is the Managing Partner of the firm's San Francisco office. He has an exclusive practice representing California cities, counties and special districts in labor relations, negotiations, representation in disciplinary proceedings, arbitration of grievances, investigations, mediations, fact-finding hearings and specialized representation in investigation of employee discipline, harassment and discrimination matters. In addition, Rick provides special counsel to public agencies concerning public safety department formation, consolidation and dissolution procedures and he is one of the firm's specialists in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) consultation and litigation.
Rick has conducted training programs and seminars on employer-employee relations before the California Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CalPELRA), the National Employment Law Institute (NELI), the Fire Districts Association of California (FDAC), the Napa-Solano Chapter and Mother Lode Chapter of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), the Solano County Police Chiefs Association, California Public Employee Relations (CPER), the California Sanitation Risk Management Authority and the California State Association of Counties Institute for Local Government. In addition, Rick has also provided intensive training sessions to individual clients regarding such current issues as Sexual Harassment, Compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Public Employee Discipline.
Rick's published opinions include Barner v. City of Novato (9th Cir. 1994) 17 F.3d 1256; Zazueta v. County of San Benito (1995) 38 Cal.App.4th 106; Stanley v. City of Tracy (9th Cir. 1997) 120 F.3d 179; Imada v. City of Hercules (9th Cir. 1998) 138 F.3d 1294; Papadopoulos v. Modesto Police Department (E.E. CA. 1998) 31 F.Supp.2d 1209; and Robinson v. Manteca, 78 Cal.App.4th 472, 92 Cal.Rptr.2d 748 (3rd Dist.).