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 Garden Grove – Fire and Police

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

City of Irvine – Police; Police Management; ICEA - General Employees; IPEA - Professional Employees, Supervisory and Administrative Personel

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

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)

Ventura Regional Sanitation District – IUOE and SEIU.

West Hollywood – WEHOME (General Employee’ Association)

 

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)

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

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.

Nov 21, 2017

To Be or Not to Be an Adverse Employment Action – What is Paid Administrative Leave?

This principle used to be clear – paid administrative leave was outside the scope of an adverse employment action.  This was based on court holdings that an employee suffers no substantial or material change in terms and conditions of employment while on paid administrative leave.  For years, courts held that an employee who is put on paid administrative leave cannot prove he or she suffered an adverse employment action to give rise to a viable discrimination or retaliation claim.  However, what once was clear, is no more.

Jun 8, 2016

Sidebars in Labor 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. 

Jan 7, 2015

MOU Audits and Reviews

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

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

23 January 2019
LCW Labor Relations Certification Program

Costing Labor Contracts

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa
12 December 2018
6 December 2018
Speaking Engagements

Understand The Regular Rate Of Pay With Five Payroll Examples

California Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) Annual Conference Monterey
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5 December 2018
Speaking Engagements

The Impact Of Philosophy, Psychology, And Data On Labor Negotiations

California Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) Annual Conference Monterey
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15 November 2018
Seminars / Webinars

Regular Rate of Pay – Making It Simple

Buena Park Community Center
10 October 2018
Speaking Engagements

Collective Bargaining in 2018 & Beyond; The Twists & Turns on Things You Need to Know!

Public Employer Labor Relations Association of California (PELRAC) Annual Conference Anaheim
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Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

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