Heather R. Coffman

Heather R. Coffman Associate

Heather advises, negotiates, and litigates on behalf of a diverse portfolio of public sector clients. Her clients include counties, cities, public safety agencies, and public education clients (K-12 schools and community colleges). Heather regularly advises and represents these clients in matters ranging from investigations, disciplinary matters, administrative proceedings, unfair practice charges, and litigation involving state and federal discrimination and harassment claims. In addition, Heather represents public agencies at the bargaining table. Her negotiations practice includes education, public safety and general public agency clients. Heather also frequently trains clients on new legal developments and strategies to prevent litigation, enhance employee performance, and strengthen labor relations.

Prior to practicing public employment and education law, Heather practiced immigration law. Outside of the office, she serves as a volunteer mediator through a community-based dispute resolution organization.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • BA, Tufts University

LITIGATION

Lake v. City of Hercules (2013) - Obtained summary judgment in favor of the City in a case where Plaintiff, a female police officer, lied to her Police Chief in order to obtain approval to purchase an assault weapon. After the City terminated her employment for dishonesty she sued the City, alleging that the termination was based on her gender, disability, and protected activity. She also alleged that she had been harassed based on her gender and disability.

NEGOTIATIONS

County of Mendocino - Currently representing the County in its negotiations with a union for public safety employees

Marin Community College District - Currently representing the District in its negotiations with a union for classified employees.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • BA, Tufts University

California Bar Association

Bar Association of San Francisco

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • BA, Tufts University

Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of Employment & Labor Law, (2015)

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • BA, Tufts University

Sep 22, 2016

The Importance of Posting a Salary Schedule

We’ve all heard the saying, “If it’s not written down, it didn’t happen.”

Aug 9, 2016

Building Your Dream Team

In this Tips from the Table segment, Heather Coffman - Labor Negotiation from the San Francisco office of LCW, discusses the concepts of building a "Dream Team" for your negotiations.

Mar 31, 2014

Public Records Act Update: What Happens on a Personal Device (May) Stay on a Personal Device

The California Court of Appeal recently issued a decision that may give some ...

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • BA, Tufts University

15 March 2018
Consortium Trainings

The Art of Writing the Performance Evaluation

San Mateo County ERC Foster City
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31 January 2018
27 October 2017
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25 October 2017
Consortium Trainings

Risk Management Skills for the Front Line Supervisor

NorCal ERC San Ramon
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25 October 2017

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • BA, Tufts University

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