Daniel Cassidy Celebrates Fifty Years of Practicing Law

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Date: Aug 1, 2019 12:55 PM
Daniel Cassidy Celebrates Fifty Years of Practicing Law

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore would like to congratulate Daniel C. Cassidy on celebrating fifty years of practicing law.  Dan, a founding partner of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, is among the most experienced and accomplished practitioners in the fields of public sector labor relations, negotiations and employment law.

After graduating from the University of Southern California Dan joined the workforce for a decade before attending law school.  He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1968 and began practicing law in 1969 working in the Los Angeles County Counsel office.  During his time there, Dan was promoted to Assistant County Counsel and gained numerous insights into the trials and tribulations of labor negotiations and employee relations along the way.

Dan joined the law office of Paterson and Taggart, an education law firm. Here he met his lifelong friend, John Liebert. However, after the tragic death of partner Mike Taggart in the 1978 PSA Flight 82 plane crash in San Diego, the firm dissolved. After this traumatic event, Dan adopted the motto, “life is short, take risks.”

Dan and John formed their own firm in 1980 – Liebert Cassidy – which quickly became the top public employment law firm in Southern California. The rapid success of the firm was in part to Dan’s leading philosophy on how the firm should be, as he describes, “more like a family – I wanted to make sure that our people gave their best service to clients but had a well-rounded life outside of the law office.”

Building on the success cultivated by Dan and John, the firm continued to grow by merging with the Whitmore Johnson & Bolanos firm in 2000.  The Whitmore firm was based in the Bay Area and was culturally complimentary to Liebert Cassidy – a critical requirement for Dan, John and the other partners.  Liebert Cassidy Whitmore was born and has continued to build upon the foundation well established in both predecessor firms. 

Over the course of his fifty years practicing, Dan’s love of the law and his clients has never wavered.  Melanie Poturica, former Managing Partner of LCW, describes some of Dan’s key qualities that shaped LCW’s culture. “I learned from Dan that one of the successes to being an effective lawyer and trusted advisor to our clients is to bring my best, caring self to all client relationships. Not only does Dan sincerely care about our clients but he also knows how to work with the union side of the table and employees. His care for people and genuine concern for the public agencies he represents are the reason he is so good at getting labor agreements without acrimony and bitterness.”

J. Scott Tiedemann, the current Managing Partner of LCW, echoes Melanie’s sentiments, stating, “Dan’s love of people is the foundation of LCW’s success. Nowadays, Dan is often the first one sending and responding to congratulatory emails with apt emojis as he celebrates life milestones for our partners, employees and their families.” Scott adds, “Dan is, of course, a pioneer in the field of labor and education law in California, but he is also a leader in the law business, adopting the premise of preventative law and laying the foundation for a firm that fosters inclusivity.”

Dan is now semi-retired from practicing law, but continues to mentor attorneys at LCW and provide advice and support to clients. “I am so grateful that even in retirement, Dan is actively involved with LCW,” says Scott, “he provides us with invaluable insights about our past but always has a keen eye towards our future.”

Outside of his practice, Dan is involved in his community and volunteer work with his alma mater, USC. In 2017, USC awarded Dan with the Alumni Service Award, an honor that recognizes outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of the university.

Dan enjoys spending time with his wife, Terri, 5 kids, 14 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. His two favorite hobbies are traveling and trying new restaurants and food.

LCW congratulates Dan Cassidy for this incredible accomplishment and wishes him continued success in his practice!

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