James E. Oldendorph

James E. Oldendorph Associate

James is an experienced litigator, and has successfully represented clients in employment litigation matters in both State and Federal court from inception through discovery, pre-trial proceedings, and settlement or trial.  James represents and advises employers and individual managers/supervisors in cases involving alleged violations of Title VII, the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the California and United States Constitutions, the Peace Officers Bill of Rights Act, the Firefighters Bill of Rights Act, and collective and class actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the California Labor Code, as well as injunctions, wage and hour claims, and wrongful discharge actions. 

James is also experienced in representing LCW clients in various administrative appeal hearings, including matters before the Office of Administrative Hearings, Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission, ERCOM, and the Employment Development Department.  While James represents all types of employers, he focuses his practice on representing law enforcement and fire agencies, and has successfully prosecuted numerous employee discipline and grievance matters involving these employees.  James also handles other administrative matters for firm clients, such as DFEH and EEOC charges, and he provides advice and counsel to firm clients on a host of legal issues involving employment and labor law. 

Additionally, James is fluent in Spanish, and utilizes this skill in consulting with LCW's Spanish speaking clients and in translating and drafting correspondence and contracts in Spanish.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's Los Angeles office, James' practice included a diverse civil trial practice including commercial litigation, products liability, consumer warranty law, collections and toxic tort litigation.

James was recognized as a "Rising Star" in the field of Employment Litigation: Defense in Super Lawyers Magazine (2015 - 2016).

Education

  • JD, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles

  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS

Deputy Sheriff v. Sheriff's Department (2013) - Deputy Sheriff was terminated based on his failure to perform his basic job duties as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to Men's Central Jail and for falsifying Sheriff's Department documents.  The Deputy was terminated for leaving his designated module area unattended and failing to obtain proper relief by his shift partners.  During the periods of absence, the Deputy's module area containing inmate jail cells was left unattended and unmonitored.  The Deputy falsified logs to make it appear as if he had monitored his assigned jail cells.  The Appellant denied some of the factual allegations and claimed that the Police Chief's punishment was too harsh. The Civil Service Commission rejected the former Deputy's arguments and upheld the termination.

Firefighter/Paramedic v. City (2012) - City firefighter/paramedic was suspended for three shifts based on his failure to perform his basic job duties as a firefighter/paramedic, including failure to respond to a call for service, failure to report for duty, and failure to have Fire Department apparatus, equipment, and supplies in a response-ready condition. The Appellant denied most of the factual allegations and claimed that the Fire Chief's punishment was unreasonable. The Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Administrative Hearings rejected the firefighter/paramedic's arguments and upheld the three-shift suspension.

Deputy Sheriff v. Sheriff's Department (2011) - Deputy Sheriff was terminated based on his failure to perform his basic job duties as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to Men's Central Jail and for falsifying Sheriff's Department documents.  The Deputy was assigned to Men's Central Jail and was terminated for inappropriately accessing or hacking into the Sheriff's Department's computer system in order to create barcode "cheat sheets" which he and his fellow Deputies and Custody Assistants could use in lieu of conducting their required physical checks on the inmates in their cells. The Appellant admitted to the misconduct, but asserted that the Police Chief's level of discipline was too harsh. The Civil Service Commission rejected the former Deputy's arguments and upheld the termination.

LITIGATION

Juan Guillen v. City of Gardena, et al (2016) - Summary judgment obtained in this case filed by a bus driver who alleged 6 causes of action, including harassment and failure to accommodate, against the City and two managers.

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, a Division of the Rail Conference, International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Glenn William Steele v. Southern California Regional Rail Authority, d/b/a Metrolink (2011) - In a case handled by Steve Berliner and James Oldendorph of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's Los Angeles office, the Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled that Metrolink's installation and operation of an audio and video monitoring system in the cabs of Metrolink locomotives did not violate the locomotive engineers' privacy rights, due process rights, and that the actions were not preempted by state law.  The union for the engineers that operate the locomotives, and one individual engineer, had sued Metrolink seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, arguing that the engineers had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the cabs of the locomotives and that Metrolink's monitoring system violated their procedural and substantive due process rights.  They also claimed that the installation of the cameras and the policy adopted to govern their use were preempted by state law. The Court granted Metrolink's motion for summary judgment on all of Plaintiffs' causes of action, finding that there were no issues of material fact warranting a trial.  This ruling resulted in a victory for Metrolink on all claims.

Education

  • JD, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles

  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

State Bar of California, Labor & Employment Section

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Education

  • JD, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles

  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of Labor and Employment, (2015-2016)

Education

  • JD, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles

  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Education

  • JD, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles

  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Education

  • JD, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles

  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

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