Peter J. Brown

Peter J. Brown Partner

Peter Brown has been involved in all areas of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's practice since 1989. His career has evolved from representing public agencies in litigation and all types of administrative hearings to now, where he spends most days -  at the collective bargaining table or in a City Council or Board meeting advising on labor negotiations. 

Peter has a unique talent in promptly developing an expertise in most of the laws which impact our public agency clients including the labor relations statutes and those which the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Acts.  Many of the firm's clients have come to rely on his advice in guiding them in these constantly changing areas of law as well as on problem solving many of the labor issues our clients face.

Peter has also distinguished himself as a sought-after speaker, author and trainer on topics that impact our firm's clients. He speaks at numerous conferences throughout the state of California and nationally on public sector labor and employment law topics.

Peter is one of the most prolific and popular presenter in the firm’s renowned training activities. Although Peter spends most of his time out at public agencies or in workshops or conference presentations, he finds that the most enjoyable part of the practice of public sector labor and employment law is advising clients how to resolve day-to-day problems. "Helping people resolve a difficult problem is very gratifying. It is why I went to law school."  "I want the client to not only know the answer but specifically what the law says.  I show them the law.  Most people are visual."

Peter is the Chair of the firm's Labor Relations and Wage & Hour Practice Groups.  As Chair, Peter is responsible for developing both internal training for the attorneys as well as external training to the firm's clients on the latest Labor Relations and Wage & Hour developments.

Peter has also published numerous articles and has authored the CPER pocket guide to the Family and Medical Care Leave Acts since 1997. 

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

NEGOTIATIONS

City of Anaheim – Fire negotiations

City of Beverly Hills - MEA; Police; Police Management, Fire, Safety Support, Confidential, Management and Professional, Part-Time MEA and Supervisors

City of Costa Mesa – Fire and Police

City of Glendale – IBEW

City of Garden Grove – Police

City of Huntington Beach - Firefighters' Association, Police Officers' Association and Police Management Association

City of Laguna Beach – Fire,  Police, MEA and the Police/Fire Management Association

City of Manhattan Beach – Mid Management Association, Teamsters (General employees), Fire and Police, and Police Management Association

City of Newport Beach – Police; Police Management, Fire, Lifeguards, Lifeguard Management, OCEA, Professional and Tech and CEA

Orange County Fire Authority – OCEA (non-safety),  Local 3631 (Fire Association), OCFAMA (Management Association and Chief Officers Association)

City of Palm Springs - General Units (SEIU, Local 721), Police, Police Management Fire, Fire Management and Management and Professional Employees

City of Pasadena – IUOE and IBEW

County of Riverside – RSA – Sheriff’s Association – Law Enforcement Management Association and the DDAA (Association of County Attorneys)

Santa Ana – Police and SEIU – General employees

Tustin – Police, Police Management, Safety Support and OCEA (Municipal Employees) 

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers, (2007-2010, 2012-2017, 2019)

Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers, Daily Journal (2012-2014, 2016)

NPELRA President's Award, (2012)

CalPELRA Award of Excellence, (2006)

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

Sep 24, 2019

The Long-Awaited FLSA Salary Basis Update Is Finally Here

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a final rule modifying the weekly salary and annual compensation threshold levels for white collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime requirements. The final rule will become effective on January 1, 2020.  It is critical for employers to become familiar with the new regulations, among other reasons because misclassification of employees as being exempt from FLSA overtime requirements is a costly mistake.

Sep 13, 2019

DOL May Update Overtime Rate Regulations for First Time in 50 Years

Peter Brown and Lisa Charbonneau authored an article for the Daily Journal that discusses the proposed new rules on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)’s regular rate of pay requirements by the Department of Labor (DOL). If and when the final rules are issued, this revision would be the first substantive change to the DOL’s regular rate guidelines in 50 years.

Apr 1, 2019

Minimum Wage Applies to Charter Cities And All Counties

Peter Brown and Megan Atkinson authored an article for the Daily Journal.

Mar 27, 2018

Evaluating “Flores” Compliance at the Table

We are excited to continue our video series – Tips from the Table. In these monthly videos, members of LCW’s Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining practice group will provide various tips that can be implemented at your bargaining tables. We hope that you will find these clips informative and helpful in your negotiations.

Dec 14, 2017

Labor Negotiations in 2017 – My Life at the Table

As 2017 comes to a close, it is a time of reflection for me since I have spent so much time this year in collective bargaining negotiations and in Board and Council meetings to discuss these negotiations.  It is an interesting time in our nation with a national economy that is humming along.  While California public agencies are benefitting with sources of revenue increasing, they are facing lots of challenges on the expenditure side of the balance sheet.  

Nov 22, 2017

Use of Supposals, Packaged Supposals & Proposals

We are excited to continue our video series – Tips from the Table. In these monthly videos, members of LCW’s Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining practice group will provide various tips that can be implemented at your bargaining tables. We hope that you will find these clips informative and helpful in your negotiations.

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

22 November 2019
Speaking Engagements

CALPELRA Sparks: Navigating And Negotiating Health Benefits

California Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) 2019 Annual Training Conference Monterey
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20 November 2019
Speaking Engagements

FLSA for Labor Negotiators

California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) 2019 Annual Training Conference Monterey
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14 November 2019
Speaking Engagements

Preventing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

San Pedro United Methodist Church San Pedro
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27 September 2019
Speaking Engagements

Legal Update - What Are The Courts Doing Now?

Public Employer Labor Relations Association of California (PELRAC) Annual Conference Cathedral City
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27 September 2019
Speaking Engagements

Advanced Negotiations - Is Enough Ever Enough?

Public Employer Labor Relations Association of California (PELRAC) Annual Conference Cathedral City
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4 September 2019

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

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