Mark Meyerhoff

Mark Meyerhoff Partner

Mark is an experienced trial attorney and has obtained defense verdicts and won summary judgment motions  in numerous lawsuits involving discrimination, harassment First Amendment, whistleblower retaliation and the FLSA.  Mark also regularly represents the firm's clients in arbitrations and hearings and has handled dozens of arbitrations involving employee discipline, with a strong record of successfully defending our clients in disciplinary appeals. He represents a broad array of public entities in all types of civil litigation, administrative proceedings and arbitrations and  regularly advises and represents clients in all aspects of employment and traditional labor relations matters.

Mark utilizes his employment law and litigation experience and expertise in such matters as discipline and termination arbitrations and hearings; state and federal court actions involving harassment, civil rights, discrimination, writs of mandate relating to meet and confer disputes, Public Safety Officer Procedural Bill of Rights issues, administrative charges of harassment and discrimination brought before the DFEH and EEOC and several court of appeal arguments.

Mark recently obtained a defense verdict in a federal court case involving civil rights and retaliation claims.  Mark has also worked on two matters which resulted in two published decisions, including a recent decision in which the California Supreme Court elaborated upon the scope of meet and confer obligations for public sector entities.  Mark has also successfully litigated numerous other administrative and court proceedings on behalf of the firm's clients.

In addition to his litigation expertise, Mark continuously counsels clients on a variety of labor relations matters, including labor negotiations, major labor disputes and strikes, unfair labor practice charges, bargaining unit disputes, collective bargaining agreement interpretations and union organizing issues.  Mark also develops and updates personnel rules, policies and ordinances for public sector clients and routinely presents training programs and workshops for supervisors and managers.

Education

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Feb 8, 2017 Webinars on Demand
Free Speech for Public Safety

Free Speech for Public Safety

ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS

Employee v. City of Bell Gardens (2015) - Demotion of police captain for numerous policy violations, including insubordination and conduct unbecoming an officer.

Employee v. City (2014) - Hearing officer upheld the termination of recreation supervisor who left work before the end of her scheduled shift.

Employee v. Imperial Irrigation District (2014) - Prevailed in hearing involving termination of an employee for dereliction of duty and incompetence.

Employee v. City of Brea (2014) - Prevailed in termination of Police Officer for sexual harassment.

Employee v. City of Arcadia (2013) - Personnel Commission upheld the termination of a police officer for dereliction of duty.

APPELLATE

Holliday v. City of Buena Park (2014) - Successfully represented the City against claims of retaliation in violation of the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act and Labor Code section 1102.5. Plaintiffs alleged that the City had retaliated against them because of their vote during an employee association meeting. The California Court of Appeal affirmed the lower court's order sustaining a demurrer dismissing all of the claims because the employees had failed to exhaust their administrative remedies prior to filing their lawsuit.

Lewitt v. Lavin (2009) - In an unpublished opinion, the California Court of Appeal, Second District agreed with the Sixth District's Gilbert v. City of Sunnyvale ruling, holding that an interrogated officer's discovery rights under the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act are limited to the investigation reports and complaints only, and only after the officer has been interrogated and further proceedings are contemplated or prior to a further interrogation.

Claremont Police Officers Ass'n v. City of Claremont (2006) - In a case handled by LCW at the superior court level, the Supreme Court adopts the lower court ruling by determining that a Police Department's implementation of racial profiling study is not subject to meet and confer requirements.

Hunter v. Los Angeles Civil Service Commission (2002) - Prevailed before the Court of Appeal in a case where the employee, a deputy sheriff, argued that he was entitled to a hearing before the Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission. The Appellate Court ruled that the Commission did not have jurisdiction over the deputy's claim, a victory for Los Angeles County.

LITIGATION

Nazir v. City of Torrance (2014) - Obtained summary judgment against an officer who was terminated for being placed on the Brady list in a case alleging violations of the officer's First Amendment rights.

Summary Judgement Win On USERRA Claim (2011) - Represented the City in a discrimination suit. Plaintiff alleged the City discriminated against him by violating the federal military leave law, USERRA. Summary judgment granted in favor of City.  Plaintiff's cross-motion for summary judgment denied. The court correctly determined that USERRA does not entitle an employee while on leave to automatically receive promotions or pay increases which are generally based on merit.  The court distinguished job advancement based solely on seniority as opposed to merit.  With pure seniority, the employee receives promotion and pay increases "automatically" while on leave.

Batts et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al. (2010) - Successfully defended the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department, Chief William Bratton, and other high-level Police Department command staff in a retaliation action brought by nine police department sergeants who alleged they had suffered adverse employment actions because of their participation in a wage and hour litigation against the City. The alleged adverse actions included disciplinary investigations, relief from duty, suspension, transfer, and denial of promotion. Plaintiffs attempted to bring the matter as a class action, but the Court dismissed the class allegations. Following depositions of each Plaintiff, of Chief Bratton, and some individual defendants, LCW brought nine summary judgment motions, one for each Plaintiff. The Court granted all the motions, resulting in a defense victory on all claims.

Tackett v. County of Imperial (2007) - Summary judgment was awarded in this lawsuit brought by a Sheriff Deputy claiming retaliation and race discrimination.

Ho v. City of Azusa (2007) - Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of the city in this case brought by the union president alleging first amendment retaliation.

Bohacik v. City of Hermosa Beach (2006) - Obtained summary judgment in favor of the City in this Public Safety Officers' Procedural Bill of Rights Act case involving internal affairs investigation.

Lewitt v. City of Hermosa Beach (2006) - Successful in obtaining a summary judgment in this law enforcement investigation case.

Ware v. City of Pasadena and Chief Bernard Melekian (2004) - Wrongful termination and Freedom of Speech case in a Federal Court jury trial. We won a defense verdict on the wrongful termination claim and, based on the juror's answers to proposed questions, the Judge held that the balance was in favor of the City on the freedom of speech claim. The Judge granted a motion for judgment as a matter of law on all of the claims on behalf of the Defendants.

NEGOTIATIONS

City of Monterey Park Negotiations - In his role as Chief Negotiator for the City, Mark assisted the City in negotiating several concessions with the Fire Fighters Association, including requiring employees to "pick-up" their own retirement contributions. Following several meetings at the bargaining table, Mark was able to structure a package which obtained needed financial relief for the City.

City of Thousand Oaks Negotiations - In his role as Chief Negotiator for the City, Mark successfully assisted the City in achieving contracts with two bargaining units, including provisions relating to layoffs affecting City employees.

Inland Empire Utilities Agency Negotiations - Mark, as Chief Negotiator, successfully negotiated contracts with four bargaining units. By achieving five-year deals with each unit, the Agency will continue to enjoy stable labor relations.

Coachella Valley Vector Control District - Successfully negotiated contracts with two bargaining units and achieved needed concessions for the District.

City of Imperial - Teamsters Unit.

City of Simi Valley - Police Officers Association.

Education

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Feb 8, 2017 Webinars on Demand
Free Speech for Public Safety

Free Speech for Public Safety

Nov 9, 2016

Caucuses During Negotiations

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. 

Jul 24, 2015

Achieving Brown Act Success: What Are The Top Five "Dos And Don'ts" For Closed Session?

The Ralph M. Brown Act, Government Code section 54950, et seq., commonly...

Dec 16, 2013 Press Release

Mark Meyerhoff Quoted in a Society for Human Resource Management Article on Associational Discrimination

LCW Partner, Mark Meyerhoff was quoted in a December 16, 2013,&nbsp...

Jun 20, 2011 Press Release
Jun 18, 2009 Press Release

Mark Meyerhoff Was Quoted In Law360 On A Supreme Court Maternity Case With AT&T

Mark Meyerhoff of LCW's Los Angeles Office was quoted in a May 18, ...

Education

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Feb 8, 2017 Webinars on Demand
Free Speech for Public Safety

Free Speech for Public Safety

8 March 2018
Consortium Trainings

Iron Fists or Kid Gloves: Retaliation in the Workplace

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8 March 2018
Consortium Trainings

Navigating the Crossroads of Discipline and Disability Accommodation

East Inland Empire ERC Fontana
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17 January 2018
Consortium Trainings

Leaves, Leaves and More Leaves

Los Angeles County Human Resources Los Angeles
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11 January 2018
Consortium Trainings

Public Sector Employment Law Update

East Inland Empire ERC Fontana
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11 January 2018
Consortium Trainings

A Guide to Implementing Public Employee Discipline

East Inland Empire ERC Fontana
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14 December 2017

Education

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Feb 8, 2017 Webinars on Demand
Free Speech for Public Safety

Free Speech for Public Safety

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