Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Announces Two New Partners: Grace Chan and Michael Youril

CATEGORY: Press Releases
CLIENT TYPE: Nonprofit, Private Education, Public Education, Public Employers, Public Safety
AUTHOR: Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
DATE: Oct 01, 2020

LOS ANGELESLiebert Cassidy Whitmore (“LCW”) is pleased to announce that Grace Chan and Michael Youril have been named Partner, effective October 1, 2020. Chan, based in San Francisco, is a member of the firm’s Private Education Practice Group and represents private educational institutions on a broad range of employment law matters and student issues. Youril, located in LCW’s Fresno office, primarily represents the firm’s municipal clients and focuses his practice on retirement, health and disability, as well as public safety and wage & hour issues.

“We are proud to welcome Grace and Michael to the partnership,” said J. Scott Tiedemann, Managing Partner of LCW. “Clients not only trust them both, but partners look to them for answers when they have difficult questions.  They embody the firm’s core values and we are truly lucky to have them as colleagues.”

Background on Attorneys

Grace Chan represents private educational institutions in all aspects of education and employment law. Grace works extensively in handling various employment and student issues, such as drafting employment agreements, employee handbooks, enrollment agreements and student handbooks, defending claims of alleged harassment and discrimination, among others. She regularly advises boards on governance issues, including updating bylaws, articles and board policies, and advising on board functions and operations, fiduciary duties and obligations, and risk management practices.

Michael Youril  has extensive experience in retirement law including CalPERS, the ’37 Act, and local retirement systems.  Michael represents public agencies in all aspects of the CalPERS audit and determination process and in disability retirement proceedings.  Michael regularly represents agencies before the Office of Administrative Hearings and various retirement Boards. Michael also litigates employment law actions in state and federal courts through all stages of litigation.  He regularly litigates cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and whistleblower retaliation, among others. Michael has also litigated several individual and collective action cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Michael was named a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2017 and 2020.

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore congratulates Grace and Michael on this well-deserved honor.


Liebert Cassidy Whitmore is a labor, employment, and education law firm and provides comprehensive, responsive, and highly competent legal advice, representation, litigation services, negotiations and training to public entities, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations throughout California. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego, and Sacramento. For more information, visit our website: www.lcwlegal.com.

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