Lars T. Reed

Lars T. Reed Associate

Lars Reed is an associate in the Sacramento office of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore where he provides counsel and representation to clients on matters pertaining to employment law, labor relations, and litigation. Lars has experience in all aspects of the litigation process, and regularly represents clients in administrative proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). Lars has particular expertise with the California Public Records Act and is part of LCW’s dedicated strike team helping public agencies respond to requests for law enforcement records. Lars is also experienced in advising clients on wage and hour regulations, leave laws, and personnel issues.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Lars worked as a judicial law clerk to Chief Justice Craig F. Stowers of the Alaska Supreme Court. During this time, he researched and drafted bench memoranda and court opinions on a broad range of civil, criminal, and constitutional law. He also provided in-house advice to the court system as party to a federal lawsuit, and volunteered as a mediator for the Anchorage small claims court.

Outside of the office, Lars regularly volunteers as a judge for law school mock trial and moot court competitions.

Lars received his JD from the University of California, Davis School of Law where he served as Editor in Chief of the UC Davis Law Review. Before attending law school, Lars earned an MA (Honors) degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. 

Lars is fluent in Norwegian, and also speaks Swedish and Danish.


  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • MA (Hons.), University of Edinburgh


Employee v. County (2020) – A former employee filed an unfair practice charge alleging retaliation and discrimination. The County prevailed in showing the employee did not have a valid claim within PERB’s jurisdiction, and that her complaints were of a personal nature and not in furtherance of concerted activity. PERB dismissed the charge at the outset without issuing a complaint.


  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • MA (Hons.), University of Edinburgh

Sep 17, 2020

Governor Newsom Signs SB 1159 and AB 685 Into Law Impacting COVID-19 Related Workers’ Compensation Coverage and Creating New Notice and Reporting Requirements Related to COVID-19 Workplace Exposures

On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law two COVID-19 related bills – Senate Bill (“SB”) 1159 and Assembly Bill (“AB”) 685.  SB 1159 is an urgency bill that is now effective immediately, and sets forth rebuttable presumption standards to establish workers’ compensation coverage for employees who contract COVID-19.  AB 685 modifies occupational safety standards to require employers to provide notice and report information related to COVID-19 exposures, and provides the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal/OSHA”) expanded authority to enforce such requirements and ensure safe workplace operations.  AB 685 is effective January 1, 2021. 

May 29, 2020

California Supreme Court: Agencies May No Longer Charge For Costs Of Redacting Body Cam Footage or Other Electronic Public Records

In a unanimous decision issued May 28, 2020, the California Supreme Court ruled that the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”) does not permit public agencies to recover from the requesting party the cost of redacting information from electronic records in response to a request for electronically stored public records. This decision reversed a prior decision by the California Court of Appeal, which held that the cost of such redactions could be charged to the requesting party.

Apr 22, 2020

Employer Tips for Accommodating Non-Binary Workers

Partner Shelline Bennett and Associate Lars Reed authored an article for Bloomberg Law focusing on best practices for accommodating non-binary employees in the workplace.

Feb 20, 2020

What Employers Should Know About the New Overtime Rate Regulations

Partner Peter Brown and Associate Lars Reed recently authored an article for Bloomberg Law covering the Department of Labor's recent changes to overtime rate regulations.  

Jan 7, 2020

How California public agencies can reform pension benefits

This article originally published in American City & County. 

In 2011, after the Great Recession left California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) only 61 percent funded, the Little Hoover Commission gave a dire warning: “California’s pension plans are dangerously underfunded, the result of overly generous benefit promises, wishful thinking and an unwillingness to plan prudently. Unless aggressive reforms are implemented now, the problem will get far worse, forcing counties and cities to severely reduce services and lay off employees to meet pension obligations.

Dec 17, 2019

Pension Reform Options for California Public Agencies

Che I. Johnson and Lars T. Reed authored this article for the Daily Journal.


  • JD, University of California, Davis School of Law

  • MA (Hons.), University of Edinburgh

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