Nine LCW Attorneys Selected to the List of 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

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Date: Jul 10, 2017 02:58 PM
Nine LCW Attorneys Selected to the List of 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

July 3, 2017 – We are proud to announce that nine LCW attorneys were recognized by the Super Lawyers for their work in labor and employment law. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

2017 Northern California Super Lawyers

Shelline Bennett, Partner in the Fresno office of LCW, is receiving this honor for the 11th time. Having represented public sector management in labor and employment law matters for over 20 years, Shelline has an extensive background in litigation and labor relations. Her practice also includes representing public agencies in collective bargaining. Shelline can be reached at sbennett@lcwlegal.com.

This is the eighth time that Richard (Rick) Bolanos has been selected to this list. As Partner in the San Francisco office of LCW, he represents California cities, counties and special districts in labor relations and negotiations.  In addition, Rick provides special counsel to public agencies concerning public safety departments. He can be reached at rbolanos@lcwlegal.com.

2017 Northern California Rising Stars

Lisa Charbonneau, Associate in the San Francisco office of LCW, has been selected to this list for the sixth consecutive year. Lisa represents public employers in litigation and provides advice and counsel in matters pertaining to labor and employment law. She also works with the Firm’s school clients on various education law matters.  Lisa can be reached at lcharbonneau@lcwlegal.com.

For the second consecutive year, Joy Chen has been named a “Rising Star.” Joy, Associate in the San Francisco office of LCW, represents and advises public sector agencies in all aspects of labor, employment, and education law. She is experienced in defending employers in various litigation matters before federal and California state courts. Joy can be reached at jchen@lcwlegal.com.

Gage C. Dungy, Partner in the Sacramento office of LCW, is receiving this honor of the ninth consecutive year. Gage provides management-side representation and legal counsel to clients in all matters pertaining to labor and employment law. He also serves as chief negotiator for public sector agencies in labor negotiations with their employee organizations. Gage can be reached at gdungy@lcwlegal.com.  

For the fifth year in the row, Che I. Johnson, Associate in the Fresno office of LCW, has been selected to this list. Che counsels and represents clients in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including complex negotiations and collective bargaining issues, wage and hour disputes, employee discipline, claims of discrimination and harassment. He can be reached at cjohnson@lcwlegal.com.

Juliana Kresse, Associate in the San Francisco office of LCW, is receiving this honor for the fifth consecutive year. Juliana assists the Firm's clients with a wide-range of employment and education law matters. She has represented employers in California State and federal courts and is well-versed in all aspects of the litigation process. Juliana can be reached at jkresse@lcwlegal.com

This is the first time that Erin Kunze, Associate in the San Francisco office of LCW, has received this honor. Erin provides representation and legal counsel to clients on a variety of employment and education law matters, including retirement, labor relations in the public and private nonprofit sectors, public safety, and safety planning in schools. She can be reached at ekunze@lcwlegal.com.

Michael Youril, Associate in the Fresno office of LCW, has been selected to this list for the first time. Michael provides representation and legal counsel to clients in matters pertaining to employment and labor law. He has extensive experience with CalPERS, the '37 Act, and local retirement systems. Michael also assists public employers with post-retirement and leaves issues. He can be reached at myouril@lcwlegal.com.

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


Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

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