Alexander Volberding

Alexander Volberding Associate

Alexander (Alex) is an Associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Los Angeles office where he provides assistance to clients in labor relations matters as well as employment law. Alex has a background in government and policy and provides clients advice and counsel on traditional labor relations issues, including collective bargaining, allegations of unfair practices, representation matters, and work stoppages.     

Alex also has significant experience drafting and negotiating Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on behalf of public sector clients throughout the state, as well as providing advice and counsel to clients regarding issues that may arise under such agreements after adoption.

Alex has worked with cities, counties, joint powers authorities, transportation agencies, and special districts on PLAs that cover construction work on a single-project, as well as agreements that cover multiple projects.  Alex works with clients and their technical staff to ensure that such agreements address key operational issues, so that the project(s) covered by the agreement are delivered in an efficient and timely manner, and that issues that may arise in the field and lead to delays are instead addressed at the negotiating table.  Alex also works with elected policymakers to incorporate policy goals that may be included in such agreements, including local or targeted hiring, preference for certain business enterprises, and apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training programs.

In total, Alex has worked on PLAs that cover or will cover in excess of four billion dollars in construction work. 

Alex also has experience working on Labor Peace Agreements and has provided advice and counsel to public sector clients 

Sep 5, 2019 Business & Facilities

Claim For Damages To Private Property Against A Public Agency Requires That Plaintiff Show An Inherent Danger In The Deliberate Design, Construction Or Maintenance Of A Public Improvement As The Substantial Cause Of Damages.

On December 29, 2009, sewage from the City of Oroville’s sewer backed up into the sinks, toilets, and drains of a local office building in which a group of dentists operated their practice. The dentists, who conducted their business as WGS Dental Complex, sued the City for inverse condemnation, a legal action that permits the recovery of damages when a public improvement causes damage to private property.

Jul 25, 2019 Business & Facilities

Substantial Compliance With Subletting And Subcontracting Fair Practices Act’s Objectives Permits Awarding Agency To Substitute Unsafe Subcontractor Without Prime Contractor’s Consent

The City and County of San Francisco entered a contract with a prime contractor, Ghilotti Bros., Inc. for a major renovation of Haight Street.

Jul 11, 2019 Business & Facilities

Requests And Inquiries Regarding Development Do Not Constitute A Current Or Imminent Threat Under Planning And Zoning Law In Order To Justify Enactment Of Urgency Ordinance

The City of Huntington Park is a small, densely populated working-class city in Los Angeles County.  The City has approximately 59,000 residents and twenty (20) schools, of which six (6) are charter schools. Huntington Park has more than twice the number of schools than are needed to serve the City’s school-age population. The high number of schools attracts students from outside the City, which contributes to traffic, parking, and noise problems in the neighborhoods where the schools are located.

Jun 13, 2019 Business & Facilities

Individuals Had Valid Claims Challenging the Adequacy of District’s Meeting Agendas

Roger Gifford and Kimberly Olson sued the Hornbrook Community Services District regarding various issues with the District’s posted agendas for three Board meetings. First, for the District’s August 16, 2016 meeting, the agenda indicated that the District would be considering payment of the quarterly premium for the State Compensation Insurance Fund. The agenda indicated that the quarterly premium amounted to $285.75. However, when the item came up for discussion at the August meeting, the Board Secretary indicated that she had received additional communications from the State Compensation Insurance Fund and that the amount of the quarterly premium would be higher than the amount stated on the agenda. Without offering any explanation as to why the amount changed, the Secretary insisted the District approve the new demand for payment.

May 30, 2019 Business & Facilities

Creditors May Recover a Monetary Judgement on Junior Liens After Foreclosing Property and Extinguishing Rights to Recover Under Senior Lien

In 2005, Michael and Kathleen Cobb borrowed $10 million from Citizens Business Bank, executing a promissory note secured by the Cobbs’ deed to a piece of commercial property outside Los Angeles. The first note provided if the Cobbs defaulted on the loan, the creditor could force a sale of the property at auction and use the proceeds from that sale to pay down the outstanding loan amount. California law prohibits a creditor who forecloses on a piece of property and forces a sale from then seeking a “deficiency judgment” in court to recover the outstanding amount owed on the loan.   

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