Casey Williams

Casey Williams Associate

Casey is an employment litigator and nonprofit business attorney, based in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s San Francisco office. Her dynamic practice is focused on helping mission-driven organizations achieve their goals while staying compliant and working through complex disputes.

Casey is an experienced employment litigator, with trial, mediation, and pre-litigation experience. She regularly counsels clients on wage and hour, discrimination, disability, and leave matters. She also loves drafting employment documents such as handbooks, termination letters, and releases, as well as advising on discipline, investigations, and wage and hour compliance. Her representative litigation work includes drafting motions for summary judgment and motions to dismiss, handling all facets of discovery, including e-discovery, and facilitating successful resolutions.

In addition to serving as employment counsel, Casey also assists nonprofits with their unique business needs. This work includes guiding nonprofits through corporate formations, tax-exemption applications, corporate governance matters, and nonprofit dissolutions. She regularly reviews and drafts contracts for nonprofits, including grant agreements, resource sharing agreements, fiscal sponsorship agreements, corporate sponsorship agreements, and licensing and intellectual property related agreements. In addition to employment issues, she also advises boards and executive directors on protecting intellectual property, working with volunteers, engaging in lobbying activities, and managing grant relationships.  

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Casey worked for a full-service business firm in Oakland where she practiced employment and nonprofit law. She also worked as an instructor for five years at the College of Extended Learning, San Francisco State University, where she taught a survey course on employment law for Human Resources professionals.

In law school, Casey served as an extern for the Hon. Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. During law school, she served as a production editor for the UC Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal and was a member of the board of the moot court team. 

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Oct 23, 2019 Webinars on Demand
101 on Gift Agreements & Self-Dealing Transactions for Nonprofit Schools

Board of Directors, Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, 2017-present

Board of Directors, Unity Council, 2016-present

Member, Alameda County Bar Association, 2011-Present (Executive Committee, Barristers Section, 2013-2015; Commissioner, Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee, 2014-2017)

Supervising Volunteer Attorney, Low Income Landlord Clinic, Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, 2014-2017

Member, Earl Warren American Inn of Court, 2015-2017

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Oct 23, 2019 Webinars on Demand
101 on Gift Agreements & Self-Dealing Transactions for Nonprofit Schools

Recipient, Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services, State Bar of California, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Oct 23, 2019 Webinars on Demand
101 on Gift Agreements & Self-Dealing Transactions for Nonprofit Schools
May 13, 2020

SBA Grants Safe Harbor For Good Faith Need Certification For PPP Loans Under $2 Million

On April 24, 2020, the SBA extended a safe harbor to employers who applied for a Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) loan on or before April 23, 2020 - but who were now questioning whether they could certify in good faith that the loans were needed to support ongoing operations. A PPP loan borrower who repaid the loan in full by May 7, 2020, would be automatically deemed by the SBA to have made the required good faith certifications regarding their need for the PPP loan. On May 5, 2020, the SBA extended this safe-harbor deadline from May 7, 2020 to May 14, 2020, and also stated that it would issue additional guidance on how to assess need for certification purposes.

May 12, 2020

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Establishing Workers’ Compensation Presumption Regarding Contraction of COVID-19

On May 6, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-62-20 establishing “presumptive eligibility” for workers’ compensation benefits to any employee who is directed to report to their place of employment and then subsequently contracts COVID-19 during the time period between March 19 and July 5, 2020. As applied to nonprofit employers, this Order covers all nonprofit employees who were designated by their respective employers as “essential employees,” exempted from stay home orders, and directed to report to work since the Governor issued the stay-at-home order on March 19, 2020.  

May 6, 2020

Safe Harbor Deadline To Return PPP Loans Extended From May 7 To May 14

On April 24, 2020, the SBA gave an option to borrowers who applied for a Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) loan on or before April 23, 2020 - but who were now questioning whether they could make a good faith certification that they needed the loan to support ongoing operations - to return the loan proceeds by May 7, 2020. A PPP loan borrower who repaid the loan in full by May 7, 2020, would be automatically deemed by the SBA to have made the required good faith certifications regarding their need for the PPP loan.

May 6, 2020

Safe Harbor Deadline To Return PPP Loans Extended From May 7 To May 14

On April 24, 2020, the SBA gave an option to borrowers who applied for a Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) loan on or before April 23, 2020 - but who were now questioning whether they could make a good faith certification that they needed the loan to support ongoing operations - to return the loan proceeds by May 7, 2020. A PPP loan borrower who repaid the loan in full by May 7, 2020, would be automatically deemed by the SBA to have made the required good faith certifications regarding their need for the PPP loan.

Apr 30, 2020

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues New Guidance Authorizing Employers to Test Employees for COVID-19

On April 23, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued updated guidance concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Rehabilitation Act and how employers may respond to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. The EEOC makes clear that while the laws will continue to apply during the present public health emergency, the EEOC will not interfere with or prevent employers from following the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) or by state or local public health authorities concerning steps to respond to COVID-19.

Apr 30, 2020

Understanding How The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (“PUA”) Program Affects Employee and Independent Contractor Eligibility For Unemployment Benefits Under The CARES Act

Note: This is the third Special Bulletin published by LCW in a series concerning federal unemployment assistance. You may access the first bulletin regarding the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (“FPUC”) program here, and the second bulletin regarding the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (“PEUC”) program here.

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Oct 23, 2019 Webinars on Demand
101 on Gift Agreements & Self-Dealing Transactions for Nonprofit Schools
24 April 2020
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Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Oct 23, 2019 Webinars on Demand
101 on Gift Agreements & Self-Dealing Transactions for Nonprofit Schools
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