Shelline Bennett

Shelline Bennett Partner

Shelline Bennett has represented management in labor and employment-law matters for over 20 years. She has worked with both private and public employers, including cities, counties, special districts, housing authorities, and community colleges, as well as nonprofit organizations. She has an extensive litigation background in both federal and state courts. Shelline's practice also includes representation in disciplinary appeals, administrative hearings, arbitrations, mediations, and labor relations and negotiations, including serving as lead negotiator at bargaining tables. Shelline has served as a factfinding panel member in a number of factfindings under both the MMBA and EERA. She advises and counsels in all labor and employment-law matters, including the meet and confer process, wage and hour issues, disability and leave issues, and due process and disciplinary matters. Shelline represents employers not only in court but before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Labor Commissioner, the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, arbitrators, and Personnel and Civil Service Commissions.

Shelline serves on the Executive Committee of the firm’s Investigation Practice Group.  An experienced investigator, Shelline provides guidance to LCW investigators, establishes firmwide best practices in the area and conducts harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disciplinary-related investigations, including those of a sensitive nature and concerning high profile individuals.  Shelline has extensive experience overseeing the entire investigation process, including retaining outside investigators, preparing and analyzing investigation findings of fact, working with agencies in open and closed sessions, and providing legal conclusions and recommendations not only related to employees but elected individuals.

As Managing Partner of the Fresno and Sacramento offices, Shelline brings her extensive legal and management expertise to the numerous trainings and workshops she presents on topics including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, managing performance through evaluations, medical leave, discipline, hiring, firing, legal updates, Brown Act, ethics, and prevention of litigation. 

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Shelline was a Managing Shareholder for a large national labor and employment law firm and managed their Central Valley office.

Professional and Community Involvement

Shelline has served as the Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer for the Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association.

Recognitions

Shelline has continued to be recognized throughout her career, including the following:

  • Northern California Super Lawyers, (2004, 2006, 2008-2020)

  • "Top Women Attorneys in Northern California," San Francisco Magazine, (2013) 

  • Fresno Magazine's Employment and Labor Super Lawyer, (2009)

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, California State University, Fresno

NEGOTIATIONS

City of Merced  - Lead negotiator.

Cambria Community Service District - Lead negotiator.

City of Selma - Lead negotiator.

Tulare County - Lead negotiator and factfinding panel member.

Tulare County Public Authority/IHSS - Lead negotiator.

City of Kingsburg - Lead negotiator.

Merced County - Lead negotiator and factfinding panel member.

Merced County Public Authority/IHSS - Lead negotiator.

City of Dos Palos - Lead negotiator.

City of Porterville - Lead negotiator and factfinding panel member.

City of Arroyo Grande - Lead negotiator.

City of Sanger - Lead negotiator and factfinding panel member.

City of Visalia - Lead negotiator.

Monterey County - Lead negotiator.

City of Orange Cove - Lead negotiator.

City of Reedley - Lead negotiator.

State Center Community College District - Lead negotiator and factfinding panel member.

Kern County - Factfinding presenter.

North Kern Water District - Lead negotiator.

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District - Lead negotiator.

South San Joaquin County Irrigation District - Lead negotiator.

Selma Kingsburg Fowler Sanitation District - Lead negotiator.

Merced County Housing Authority - Lead negotiator.

San Joaquin County - Lead negotiator.

Fresno County - Lead negotiator and factfinding panel member.

Fresno County Public Authority/IHSS - Lead negotiator.

Five Cities Fire Authority - Lead negotiator.

Mariposa County Public Authority/IHSS - Lead negotiator.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, California State University, Fresno

Nov 16, 2020 Press Release

LCW to Present Nine Workshops at the 2020 Annual CALPELRA Virtual Conference

We are pleased to present and sponsor the 2020 Annual CALPELRA Conference taking place virtually this week (November 16 – 20)!  Don’t miss our nine scheduled conference presentations by our expert speakers.  Topics include negotiating in difficult times, telecommuting issues, public safety disability accommodations, and much, much more. 

Apr 22, 2020

Employer Tips for Accommodating Non-Binary Workers

Partner Shelline Bennett and Associate Lars Reed authored an article for Bloomberg Law focusing on best practices for accommodating non-binary employees in the workplace.

Jul 10, 2017 Press Release

Nine LCW Attorneys Selected to the List of 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

We are proud to announce that nine LCW attorneys were recognized by the Super Lawyers for their work in labor and employment law.

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.

Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, California State University, Fresno

12 May 2021
Consortium Trainings

Iron Fists or Kid Gloves: Retaliation in the Workplace

North State ERC Webinar
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5 May 2021
Consortium Trainings

Advanced Misconduct and Disciplinary Investigations

Bay Area ERC Webinar
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5 May 2021
Consortium Trainings

Advanced Misconduct and Disciplinary Investigations

Central Valley ERC Webinar
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3 December 2020
Speaking Engagements

Trends & Topics at the Table

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore TBD
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17 November 2020
Speaking Engagements

Layoffs, Furloughs, And Concessions: Navigating & Negotiating During Financially Challenged Times

California Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) 2020 Annual Training Conference Webinar
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4 November 2020
Consortium Trainings

Advanced Misconduct and Disciplinary Investigations

South Bay ERC Webinar
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Education

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

  • BA, California State University, Fresno

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