Five LCW Attorneys Have Been Selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers

Category: Press Release
Date: Mar 5, 2013 12:00 AM

Five of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore partners have been selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers 2013 Edition®. Los Angeles partners Peter Brown, Mary Dowell, Richard Kreisler, Melanie Poturica and Brian Walter have been recognized in the category of Employment & Labor.

This is the sixth time that Peter Brown has been included in the Southern California Super Lawyers in the area of Employment & Labor law. Peter 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. He has a unique talent in promptly developing an expertise in most of the laws which impact our public agency clients. Last year, Peter, Chair of the firm's Wage and Hour Practice Group, was also named one of the Top Labor & Employment attorneys by the Daily Journal.

In addition to this selection, Education Practice Chair, Mary Dowell has been included in the Southern California Super Lawyers in the area of Employment & Labor law four previous times. With over 30 years of experience in labor, employment, and education law, Mary has an extensive background in the successful resolution of many employment and education-related issues. Her primary area of expertise is representing and advising community college districts in a general counsel role, specifically in education, labor and employment-related matters.

Richard Kreisler has been included in the Southern California Super Lawyers for his work in Employment & Labor law for eight years. Richard is one of a handful of the most experienced and effective public sector labor negotiators in the State of California. Additionally, as Chair of the LCW Public Safety Practice Group, he brings to the table years of experience providing labor and employment law advice and counsel to California law enforcement and fire professionals. Richard brings an unprecedented insider's perspective to the representation of management, which maximizes the ability of his police and fire administration clients to anticipate and counter issues developed by associations and their members.

This is the ninth consecutive year when Melanie Poturica has been included in the Southern California Super Lawyers in the area of Employment & Labor law. Melanie Poturica has been with Liebert Cassidy Whitmore since the firm's inception in 1980. She had been its Managing Partner since 1995, but as of October 2010 has transitioned back to full-time law practice. Melanie is a vigorous litigator with an extensive background in suits involving discrimination and harassment, as well as disciplinary and due process issues, and other employment law topics. In addition to her work as a litigator, Melanie has successfully represents many clients in arbitrations and in administrative hearings.

Brian Walter has been included in the Southern California Super Lawyers in the area of Employment & Labor law for the seventh time. Brian represents clients in all aspects of employment and labor law, including counseling on employment and labor relations matters, labor negotiations, training and presentations, employee discipline matters, administrative hearings, investigations and litigation. Brian, Chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group has handled numerous class actions and collective actions in federal and state courts. He has developed extensive expertise in handling Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) issues on behalf of many different employers. Brian also has extensive experience representing law enforcement agencies, including successfully defending employee discipline matters for sworn and civilian law enforcement personnel.

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore congratulates them for being honored in their work!


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