Kelly Tuffo

Kelly Tuffo Associate

Kelly Tuffo has represented public agencies for over fourteen years. Her areas of expertise are labor negotiations, labor relations, contract administration and employment law, including employment discrimination, harassment, discipline and investigations. Kelly advises cities, counties and other public sector employers on all aspects of employment relations, conducts workplace investigations, and represents clients in disciplinary proceedings and mediation and arbitration of grievances. Kelly provides training on all areas related to her practice.

As chief labor negotiator, Kelly has negotiated hundreds of labor contracts between public agencies and their employee organizations representing numerous types of employees, including nurses, doctors, police officers, deputy sheriffs, firefighters, mid-managers, probation officers, dispatchers, attorneys, engineers, and miscellaneous employees. She is experienced in conducting collective bargaining agreement audits, mediation, fact-finding, arbitration and PERB proceedings. Kelly has represented clients in matters involving union grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practices, strikes, unilateral implementation and other labor issues. She has negotiated impacts of several police service transfer agreements between public agencies.

Kelly is an experienced workplace investigator. She conducts management training programs on a variety of employment law issues, including discipline, performance evaluation, leaves of absence, and harassment and discrimination prevention.

Kelly has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, and has been recognized as one of the top female attorneys in Northern California by San Francisco Magazine.

Prior to law school and joining our San Francisco office, Kelly was a labor relations representative for a private sector company. In that role, she coordinated contract negotiations, represented the company in arbitrations, negotiated and handled grievances and conducted investigations. She also has experience in community mediation for a public sector entity.

While in law school, Kelly interned at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, Labor Division, and was a judicial extern for a Federal District Court Judge.

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • MA, University of British Columbia

NEGOTIATIONS

Cities:

 City of Ceres – Police, Fire and General Units

City of Cotati - Police Officers Association and Police Management Units, General Unit

City of Half Moon Bay – Police and General Units, Police Services Transfer Agreement

City of Los Banos - Police, Fire, Dispatchers, and General Local One Units.

City of Millbrae – Police, Teamsters and General Units, Police Services Transfer Agreement

City of Redwood City – Police, Police Management, IAFF, Chief Officers, Mid-Managers and SEIU.

City of San Pablo – Operating Engineers, Mid-Manager, and Police Units.

City of San Rafael – SEIU, Local One, Western Council of Engineers

 

Counties:

 County of Contra Costa CountyCalifornia Nurses Association, Attorney Associations

County of San Mateo – AFSCME, SEIU, California Nurses Association, BCTC/Operating Engineers, Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Sheriff’s Sergeants, Probation and Detention Association, Engineers and Physician and Dentists Units.

County of Sonoma -  SEIU, Engineers and Scientists, and Attorney Units.

 

Special Districts:

 Broadmoor Police Protection District – Police Officers Association/Teamsters.

Marin Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District - General and Mid-Manager Western Council of Engineers Units.

Port of Stockton - Police and Warehouse Worker Units.

San Benito County Water District - SEIU.

Sonoma Library District – SEIU.

ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS

Physicians Union v. County (2019) Represented county in complex factfinding hearing involving 40 issues in dispute. The parties settled before a decision was issued.

Carpenters Union v. City (2011) Arbitrator denied union grievance regarding City’s use of temporary employees.

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • MA, University of British Columbia

"Top Women Attorneys in Northern California," San Francisco Magazine, 2013

Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of Employment & Labor Law, 2013-2015

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • MA, University of British Columbia

May 4, 2016

Understanding the Backstory Behind A Proposal

In these monthly videos, members of LCW’s Labor Relations and Negotiations Services practice group will provide various tips that can be implemented at your bargaining tables. 

Oct 7, 2015

Using Brainstorming to Reach Agreement

In these monthly videos, members of LCW’s Labor Relations and Negotiations Services practice group will provide various tips that can be implemented at your bargaining tables. 

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • MA, University of British Columbia

4 March 2020
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Consortium Trainings

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23 October 2019
23 October 2019
Consortium Trainings

Leaves, Leaves and More Leaves

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Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • MA, University of British Columbia

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