Peter J. Brown

Peter J. Brown Partner

Peter Brown has been involved in all areas of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's practice since 1989, representing public agencies in litigation, collective bargaining negotiations and many different types of administrative hearings.  Peter has a unique talent in promptly developing an expertise in most of the laws which impact our public agency clients such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Acts, and the state labor relations laws.  Many of the firm's clients have come to rely on his advice in guiding them in these constantly changing areas of law.

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 presenters in the firm's renowned training activities. Although Peter spends much of his time out of the office in  labor negotiations, at City Council and Board meetings and 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

APPELLATE

Echaverria v. City of Upland (2004) - In an unpublished decision, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, affirmed that the trial court's decision that the nonpayment of sick leave was not punitive action under POBR that would entitle the officer to an administrative appeal because the peace officer had no right to sick leave when he was not sick.

NEGOTIATIONS

City of Pasadena – IUOE; IBEW.

City of Glendale - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

City of Garden Grove – Fire.

City of Covina – AFSCME; PAC; Police Management; Police Supervisors.

City of Costa Mesa – Fire.

City of Irvine – Police; Police Management; OCEA General Employees; IPEA Professional Employees.

City of Huntington Beach - Firefighters' Association and Police Officers' Association.

City of Newport Beach – Police; Lifeguards.

City of Laguna Beach – Fire; LBPFMA; POA.

City of Manhattan Beach – Mid Management Association.

City of Beverly Hills - Municipal Employees Association; Police; PMA.

City of Palm Springs - General Units (SEIU, Local 721), Police; Fire.  

City of Anaheim – Fire.

County of Riverside – DDAA; RSA.

Orange County Fire Authority – OCFA; OCEA.

Ventura Regional Sanitation District – IEUO; SEIU. 

 

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

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. 

Jul 16, 2014 Press Release

Three LCW Partners Have Been Named "Top Labor & Employment Lawyers" by the Daily Journal

Three LCW Partners have been selected to the list of "Top Labor & Employm...

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

28 February 2018
LCW Labor Relations Certification Program

Communication Counts!

15 February 2018
Speaking Engagements

Meet and Confer Obligation

Southern California Public Relations Council (SCPLRC) Annual Conference Lakewood
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8 February 2018
7 December 2017
Speaking Engagements

MOU Review: How to Comply With the Law and Clean Up That Language!

California Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) Annual Training Conference Monterey
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7 December 2017
Speaking Engagements

FLSA Today

California Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) Annual Training Conference Monterey
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11 October 2017
Speaking Engagements

Communication Counts!

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Fullerton
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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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