Joshua A. Goodman

Joshua A. Goodman Associate

Joshua Goodman is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore where he provides counsel and representation to clients on matters pertaining to employment law, litigation, and labor relations. Joshua represents public agencies in administrative and disciplinary hearings, attaining favorable outcomes on behalf of clients. Additionally, Joshua has represented clients in litigation covering both wage and hour and public safety matters. He is experienced in all aspects of litigation, including intake interviews, case development, motion practice, and oral advocacy.

As a member of LCW's Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) Strike Team, Joshua has drafted multiple position statements for PERB matters related to the Meyers-Milias Brown Act (MMBA), leading to dismissal of charges. Joshua has also drafted positions statements for matters before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's Los Angeles office, Joshua worked at a small Los Angeles employment law firm representing clients in litigation, including wage and hour matters.  Joshua attended law school at Hofstra University where he served as the Research Editor of Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal. While attending law school, Joshua served as a legal intern for various New York based entities including the Mediation Clinic at Hofstra University School of Law, New York State Department of Labor, and the New York City Office of Labor Relations.


  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York


Employee v. City (2018) – Hearing officer upheld termination of an employee who modified a doctor’s note to extended her medical leave of absence.

Employee v. City (2018)Administrative law judge upheld decision by CalPERS to require employee to pay the employee arrears member contributions.

Firefighter/Paramedic v. City (2015) - Administrative law judge upheld the termination of two paramedic/firefighters who provided inadequate care to multiple patients.


Glendale City Employees Association v. Public Employment Relations Board, City of Glendale (2014) - In an unpublished opinion, the Court of Appeal, Second District, affirmed trial court's decision sustaining a demurrer to the first amended petition.


Employee v. City (2018) – PERB Regional Attorney dismissed unfair practice charge filed by employee alleging that he was discriminated and retaliated against.

Service Employees International Union, Local 620 v. City of Santa Barbara (2015) - PERB Regional Attorney dismissed unfair practice charged filed by employee organization alleging retaliation for failure to state sufficient facts to demonstrate an unfair labor practice.


  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

Mar 6, 2018

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Agency Shop Fees Case

In October 2017, we reported  that the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review Janus v. AFSCME, a case out of Illinois challenging the constitutionality of mandatory agency shop fees for public employees.  Illinois, like California, is one of several states where agency shop arrangements are authorized in the public sector.

May 17, 2016

PERB Reaffirms That a Bargaining Impasse is Not Broken Unless a Party Makes a Significant Concession

Picture this scenario: an employer and a union engage in negotiations for a successor Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and after several months, reach tentative agreement on some, but not all of the proposals.  At that point, one of the parties issues a written declaration of impasse, and the duty to bargain is suspended.  The union does not request factfinding, and the employer does not impose its last, best, and final offer, but maintains the status quo.  At one point, the employees represented by the union engage in a lawful strike, but then go back to work, and the parties remain at impasse.

Mar 16, 2016
Feb 10, 2016
Dec 4, 2015

Factfinding Under AB 646: Impacts and Lessons Learned

In late 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 646 into law.[i] This legislatio...

Oct 16, 2015

[Updated] Governor Brown Adopts CRONEY Bill That Impacts Agencies with COIN Ordinances

On October 9, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 331, the Civic Reporting ...


  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

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