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

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.  

Dec 18, 2019

The DOL Provides Welcome Clarifications Regarding Exclusions from the FLSA Regular Rate of Pay

On December 12, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Final Rule that clarifies and amends federal regulations concerning the regular rate of pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Many of the affected regulations date back more than 60 years, long before the FLSA was made applicable to the public sector.   The effective date of the modified regulations is January 15, 2020.   They were published in the Federal Register on December 16, 2019.

Dec 16, 2019

The DOL Provides Welcome Clarifications Regarding Exclusions from the FLSA Regular Rate of Pay

On December 12, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Final Rule that clarifies and amends federal regulations concerning the regular rate of pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Many of the affected regulations date back more than 60 years, long before the FLSA was  made applicable  to the public sector.   The effective date of the modified regulations is January 15, 2020.   They were published in the Federal Register today, December 16, 2019. 

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.

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

13 May 2020
Seminars / Webinars

2-Day FLSA Academy

Almansor Court
5 March 2020
LCW Labor Relations Certification Program

Trends & Topics at the Table (Tustin)

5 March 2020
Speaking Engagements

Trends & Topics at the Table!

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Tustin
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12 February 2020
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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Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

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