J. Scott Tiedemann

J. Scott Tiedemann Managing Partner

Scott Tiedemann is the Managing Partner of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, California's largest education and public sector labor and employment law firm.

Scott is a leading advocate for, and trusted advisor to public safety agencies across California.  He is called upon in high profile cases to advise public safety executives regarding how to conduct complex investigations, manage media relations and navigate the procedural complexities of the Public Safety Officers and Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights.  He has earned a reputation for successfully prosecuting many difficult cases involving allegations ranging from excessive force to sexual abuse to fraud.

Scott has prevailed in multiple published appellate cases that have helped public safety employers more effectively manage their employees.  His published decisions on behalf of public safety employers include, among others:  Upland Police Officers Association v. City of Upland (2003) 111 Cal.App.4th 1294, Benach v. County of Los Angeles (2007) 149 Cal.4th 836 and Thompson v. City of Monrovia (2010) 186 Cal.App.4th 860, and Ferguson v. City of Cathedral City (2011) 197 Cal.App.4th 1161.

Scott represents a wide variety of other government agencies and schools in labor and employment matters as well.  He is a skilled litigator in federal and state courts and a successful appellate attorney who has handled a variety of litigation matters, including trials and administrative hearings.  Scott is also experienced in labor relations, including serving as lead negotiator in collective bargaining with safety and general employee bargaining units.

Scott's practice also includes investigations, counseling and management training.  He frequently speaks at national and statewide conferences on subjects such as disciplinary investigations, workplace harassment, employment discrimination, free speech, privacy and ethics.

Scott frequently is asked to lend his knowledge and expertise to other professional organizations.  He is General Counsel to the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association, served as Chair of the Southern California Police Legal Advisors Committee, served as the Chair of the Labor Relations subcommittee on the dissolution of redevelopment agencies for the League of California Cities, and served on the Board of Advisors of the California Public Employee Relations (CPER) program.  He is also LCW's representative to the Employment Risk Management Authority.

Scott authored the CPER Pocket Guide to the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights and Chapter 8 (The Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act) of California Public Sector Employment Law book, State Bar of California/LexisNexis (2011) and is one of the authors of the Public Sector Case Notes for the California State Bar Labor & Employment Law Review.


  • BA, Loyola Marymount University

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law


Police Officers v. City (2015) - Currently prosecuting the termination appeals of multiple officers terminated in connection with an internationally renowned incident of excessive force resulting in the death of a citizen.

Police Officer v. City (2014) - A hearing officer upheld the termination of a police officer who misappropriated evidence - stolen power tools - and put it to use in his construction business. The officer claimed that an employee of a home improvement warehouse from which the property was originally stolen gave him permission to keep the tools.

Police Officer v. City (2014) - A former police officer abandoned his appeal after the Department's presentation of its case in the Department proved the former officer had taken a title loan on his vehicle and then sold the same vehicle to an unsuspecting buyer from whom the vehicle was repossessed.


Hinderliter v. City of La Habra (2013) - After a personnel board upheld the termination of a police officer for dishonesty, a superior court judge determined that the dishonesty did not warrant termination of the officer's employment. The Court of Appeal reversed the trial court, holding substantial evidence supported the trial court's finding that the officer repeatedly lied to a superior officer and that the trial court erred in finding the City abused its discretion by terminating the officer.

Alice Robin v. City of Monrovia (2013) - Appellant Robin sued the City for allegedly retaliating against her, in violation of Title VII, after she filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  At trial, the jury was instructed to consider whether four separate actions by the City – including the offer of a retirement package known as the "Golden Handshake" – were retaliatory acts.  The jury returned a verdict in favor of the City and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed.  Robin appealed on the grounds that the trial court erred by not giving a jury instruction that the settlement agreement offered to her as part of the Golden Handshake did not comply with the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA). The Ninth Circuit rejected this argument, but it did conclude that the district court erred by declining to give an instruction setting forth the OWBPA's requirements.  Although the Court found error, it concluded that it was harmless based on the evidence at trial because it is more probable than not that the jury would have reached the same verdict even with the OWBPA instruction.

Ferguson v. City of Cathedral City (2011) - The Court of Appeal upheld termination of a police officer for solicitation of prostitution after the officer declared an earlier settlement agreement with the City "null and void" under which he had been suspended without pay.  The Court of Appeal also held that the City did not violate the officer's Skelly rights when the officer, who claimed to be unable to be able to drive the City for a Skelly meeting, was terminated without a Skelly meeting after he did not avail himself of various accommodations offered to him by the City to enable him to exercise his Skelly rights.

Thompson v. City of Monrovia (2010) - In a case handled by Scott Tiedemann and Judith Islas, the Court of Appeal, second judicial district, affirmed summary judgment in this alleged retaliation and harassment case brought by a Caucasian police officer based on alleged discriminatory treatment towards his African-American co-worker.  Specifically, the officer claimed he was retaliated against for reporting alleged discriminatory treatment of his African-American co-worker and for testifying on the co-worker's behalf in a separate lawsuit brought by the co-worker.  The officer also alleged the City failed to investigate the alleged harassment and retaliation. In a lengthy opinion, the Court decisively rejected all of the officer's arguments.  Key in the court's analysis was the long and well documented history of the officer's performance issues.  On the harassment and hostile environment claims, the Court concluded that a Caucasian officer can premise these causes of action based on an association with or advocacy on behalf of another officer's protected classification but must show he was personally subjected to unwanted racial comments as a result of the association or advocacy and also, that the conduct was severe and pervasive, which the officer failed to so in this case.

Lopez v. Imperial County Sheriff's Office (2008) - Two correctional officers appealed a Personnel Board ruling upholding their terminations based upon a tie vote by the Board. The correctional officers argued that their terminations should be overturned on a tie vote. The Appellate Court rejected that position affirming the trial court's ruling that the terminations were not to be overturned but the officers were to receive a new hearing.

Benach v. County of Los Angeles (2007) - The California Court of Appeal held that removing a deputy sheriff from his special assignment as a pilot "without a concomitant loss of rank or pay" is not a punitive action which entitles the deputy sheriff to an administrative appeal under the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act.


Silberman v. Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (2009) - In an age and religious discrimination case, judgment was entered in favor of the employer disposing of all of Plaintiff's claims resulting from a prior reorganization leading to layoffs.

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.


  • BA, Loyola Marymount University

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association

California State Bar Labor & Employment Association


  • BA, Loyola Marymount University

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers, (2014-2017)

Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers, Daily Journal, (2013)

Selected for inclusion in Southern California Rising Stars, (2010-2011)


  • BA, Loyola Marymount University

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

Sep 7, 2016

Listening 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. 

Apr 19, 2016 Press Release

Shelline Bennett, Morin I. Jacob, and Scott Tiedemann Quoted in Law360 Article on Gender Diversity in Legal Profession

LCW Partners, Shelline Bennett, Morin I. Jacob, and Scott Tiedemann, were quoted in a Law360 article "Employment Firms Remain Tops For Female Attorneys," by Vin Gurrieri.

Mar 10, 2015 Press Release

Morin I. Jacob, Richard Kreisler and Scott Tiedemann Quoted in a AMU's In Public Safety Article on Succession Planning.

Morin I. Jacob, Richard Kreisler and Scott Tiedemann were quoted in a March 1...

May 14, 2013 Press Release

Scott Tiedemann Quoted In A Society for Human Resource Management Article On Mental Health and California Law

LCW Managing Partner, Scott Tiedemann, was quoted in a May 14, 2013,&nbs...


  • BA, Loyola Marymount University

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

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  • BA, Loyola Marymount University

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

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