Eileen O'Hare-Anderson

Eileen O'Hare-Anderson Partner

With over 20 years of experience in labor, employment, and education law, Eileen O'Hare-Anderson has an extensive background in the successful resolution of many employment, education-related, and business and facilities, issues. Her primary area of expertise is representing and advising community college districts in a general counsel role, in all phases of education-related matters, including general business issues.

Eileen is experienced in representing community college districts in arbitrations and administrative proceedings regarding discipline of permanent employees and the release of probationary faculty members. She has also conducted numerous investigations into various allegations including discrimination and harassment investigations. Eileen also has experience working with staff in the day-to-day issues which arise in the facilities and general business area including negotiating leases and agreements, contact review, easement issues and bidding questions.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Eileen served as General Counsel for the State Center Community College District, in Fresno. In that capacity she advised and represented the District, the Board of Trustees and the Personnel Commission in a variety of legal matters, including discipline hearings, administrative complaints, litigation, and policy review. Eileen has represented the District before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Additionally, she regularly provides advice and counsel in employment relations matters, including negotiations. She has also handled public finance matters, bid protests and disqualification of apparent low bidders.

Early in her career, Eileen handled all phases of litigation from initial pleadings to post-trial motions. She has experience in State and Federal Appellate Courts as well as the California Supreme Court. Eileen frequently presents training and workshops on employment and education topics including the "67 percent rule," preventing discrimination and harassment, merit system procedures, and performance documentation and evaluation. She has also handled eminent domain matters for public agencies.


  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • BA, California State University, San Jose


In Re ER (2010) - Probationary Faculty Non-Reelection Grievance. The employee alleged several violations of the collective bargaining agreement procedures regarding the evaluation of probationary faculty members. The arbitrator ruled that the decision not to grant the employee tenure was reasonable despite violations of the collective bargaining agreement. The arbitrator also ruled that he was without power to order a fifth probationary year.

In Re CM (2010) - Tenured Faculty Termination. District terminated a tenured faculty member for chronically poor performance, low student survey responses, and demonstrably poor performance. Employee settled for nuisance value after the first deposition of a member of her evaluation team.

In Re PH (2010) - Probationary Faculty Non-Reelection Grievance. The District was proceeding under Education Code section 87740, which refers to a finding of cause. The Administrative Law Judge ruled that the District did not have to show cause to deny Grievant tenure because section 87740 only provides a procedural method for a grievant to obtain a hearing in the absence of a contractual provision for arbitration. It does not change the standard by which the matter is decided. Grievant claimed discrimination on several protected bases. The Administrative Law Judge found no discrimination.

In Re CT (2010) - Permanent Classified Employee Termination. The employee was terminated for taking property from a dormitory room. The hearing officer rejected all of the employee's defenses and found the District had reasonable cause to terminate the employee.

In Re DT Whistleblower Complaint (2009) - Whistleblower Retaliation Claim Under Education Code Section 87164. The employee claimed he was given an unsatisfactory evaluation and reassigned after he brought an inappropriate budget transfer to the attention of the administration. The Administrative Law Judge found that the employee was not credible and that his performance justified the District's actions.

In Re Vacation Accrual Grievance (2008) - Grievance by classified employee association regarding an application of vacation accrual cap language in collective bargaining agreement. The arbitrator ruled that the District properly applied the cap language in the bargaining agreement and in a related side letter agreement.

In Re TVC (2008) - Tenured Faculty Termination. Faculty member terminated for excessive absences. The faculty member was absent for an average of 25% of each academic year. The faculty member filed an EEOC charge alleging disability discrimination. The matter settled for nuisance value at the EEOC mediation.

Kern Community College District - Employee organization alleged that the District failed to properly implement a salary formula based on salary information from the District and six comparable districts, as published on the State Chancellor's Office website. After the district filed its information with the Chancellor's Office, it discovered that there was a significant error in its data. It submitted a corrected report to the State, as required by law. The employee organization filed a grievance, claiming that it was entitled to a salary increase based on the originally reported but erroneous figures. The arbitrator ruled that the District properly corrected the data filed in error and that therefore, employees were entitled to a 1.44% increase rather than the 8.23% increase claimed by the union.


Merced Community College District - Sale of Surplus Property (2012) - Effected a successful sale of surplus property for over seven figures for the Merced CCD. MCCD sold the surplus property to a local K-12 school district. We prepared the necessary Board resolutions and findings permitting the District to sell the surplus property directly to another public entity. Upon approval by the Board prepared and negotiated the purchase agreement. During escrow, assisted the District in producing the appropriate documentation and handled issues that arose during the transaction, including the need to have a Board approved an amendment to the purchase agreement. Escrow closed on time and the District promptly received payment for the sale.

Bid Protest - San Lorenzo Valley USD (2010) - Successfully advised the District and the Board in declaring the apparent low bidder non-responsive on a $4 million project.


Lease Purchase Merced CCD (2011) - Acted as District Counsel for $3.1 million lease-purchase transaction. The project was extensive energy conservation measures throughout campus.

COPs Antelope Valley CCD (2010) - Acted as District Counsel for a $10,000,000 Certificates of Participation in Los Angeles County Schools Pooled Financing Program 2010 Series C. The funds are being used for the construction and installation of photovoltaic solar panels upon shaded parking areas, parking lot upgrades, and hardware for information technology.


In Re-Classified Fact-Finding (2009) - Classified Post-Impasse Factfinding. The factfinding panel recommended the District's position as its recommendation on six of the seven issues submitted.


  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • BA, California State University, San Jose

Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH)

California Council of School Attorneys (CCSA)

National Association of College and University Administrators (NACUA)


  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • BA, California State University, San Jose

Jan 25, 2018 Business & Facilities

New Bid Limit of $90,200 for School and Community College District Contracts

As of January 1, 2018, the bid threshold over which community college district and school governing boards must competitively bid and award certain contracts was raised to $90,200.  This threshold level applies to the following types of contracts:

Oct 13, 2017

Questions and Answers Regarding Responding Quickly to Disasters

Many of you are facing tremendous challenges with the current fires in both ends of the state.  We wish we could stand next to you and be of practical help.  Since we can’t do that, we offer these legal answers to the immediate questions you are facing, so you have ready answers at your fingertips.  While these are by no means complete answers to every issue that can, will, and has come up, they address the most pressing questions that we have already started to hear.  

Dec 18, 2014 Business & Facilities

More Tips to Keep Your District Out of Brown Act Trouble

Prevent inadvertent serial meetings by taking care how Board Members communic...
Jun 9, 2014

Standing Your Ground on Artificial Turf Contracts and Warranties

Replacing a natural field with an artificial turf can offer many benefits to ...
Mar 27, 2014 Business & Facilities

Six Tips to Keep Your District Out of Brown Act Trouble

1. The Brown Act has long prohibited secret ballots in open session.  SB...
Oct 13, 2011 Press Release

Eileen O'Hare-Anderson Of LCW Mentioned In "Training Summit For Managers Held At Merced College" Article

Last month, Eileen O'Hare-Anderson, Partner, presented to managers ...


  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • BA, California State University, San Jose

5 May 2018
Speaking Engagements

Me Too and Title IX: Expanding the Conversation

Community College League of California (CCLC) Annual Trustees Conference Valencia
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3 May 2018
Speaking Engagements

Reaching New Heights with updated BPs & Aps

Community College League of California (CCLC) Annual Trustees Conference Valencia
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12 April 2018
Speaking Engagements

Keep Calm and Ask a Lawyer: Social Media and Free Speech Issue for CIOs

Chief Instructional Officers (CIO) Conference San Francisco
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5 April 2018
Speaking Engagements

Common Legal Issues for Administrators

Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) Mentorship Program Los Altos
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29 March 2018
27 March 2018
Speaking Engagements

Social Media for Community College Districts

State Center Community College District (SCCCD) MEGA Conference Fresno
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  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • BA, California State University, San Jose

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