Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Partner Steve Berliner Named to Best Lawyers 2023

CATEGORY: Press Releases
CLIENT TYPE: Nonprofit, Private Education, Public Education, Public Employers, Public Safety
PUBLICATION: Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
DATE: Sep 07, 2022

LOS ANGELES- Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (LCW) is pleased to announce that Partner Steven M. Berliner has been named to the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers for his professional excellence in municipal law. Steve is the Chair of the firm’s Retirement, Benefits and Disability Practice Group and works to ensure that LCW stays on the cutting edge of the law related to these important areas. He has an extensive labor relations practice and unparalleled retirement law expertise. This recognition marks Berliner’s first year receiving this distinction.

Best Lawyers highlights one individual in a particular practice area and location as the “Lawyer of the Year” for that specific recognition. Nominees are selected through a rigorous peer-review process and must be in good standing with their local bar associations.

Partner Steven M. Berliner has renowned expertise in the area of public agency retirement laws and vested rights. His extensive experience allows him to be ahead of the curve in spotting issues and trends in retirement law. Steve has acted as chief negotiator for many public agencies in labor negotiations with their employee groups, helping them reduce payroll and other costs. He also advises clients on contract interpretation issues and represents clients in grievance matters and is frequently called on to assist agencies in times of fiscal crisis.

Of particular importance to many agencies is reducing pension and retiree medical costs. Steve has successfully negotiated changes to agencies’ arrangements with public employees that resulted in employees paying a greater share of the cost for these benefits and other cost savings. This experience and his ability to describe issues in plain language helps clients plan and budget for changes.

Steve also litigates retirement issues on behalf of our clients. Whether it’s an administrative appeal of a CalPERS audit finding, or a lawsuit related to vested benefits, retiree medical benefits or any other retirement related matter, Steve brings his extensive knowledge and experience to each case.

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore congratulates Steven on this well-deserved honor.


Liebert Cassidy Whitmore is a labor, employment, and full service education law firm that provides comprehensive, responsive, and highly competent legal advice, representation, litigation services, negotiations and training to public entities, educational institutions and non-profit 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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