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Shelline Bennett

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.

Tony G. Carvalho

Tony G. Carvalho
Tony G. Carvalho, Associate

Tony G. Carvalho is an Associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Fresno Office where he provides assistance to clients in matters pertaining to employment law, wage and hour, and litigation.  His main areas of focus include: harassment and discrimination of all types, wage and hour claims, the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) class actions, interactive process and reasonable accommodation, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Tony has experience in drafting pleadings, motions, memoranda, written discovery, mediation briefs, labor arbitration briefs, and responses to Department of Fair Employment & Housing complaints.

Sue Cercone

Sue Cercone
Sue Cercone, Associate

An attorney in LCW's Fresno Office, Sue has over 20 years of litigation experience assisting educational institutions and public sector agencies in a variety of education and employment law matters. She has served as legal counsel to elementary, secondary and community college institutions for both the public and private sectors and has handled the defense of employers in actions brought by employees, former employees, applicants, and students. Sue has over 15 years of first-chair experience and has prevailed on behalf of clients in over 75% of the cases she has tried.

Kimberly A. Horiuchi

Kimberly A. Horiuchi
Kimberly A. Horiuchi, Associate

Kimberly Horiuchi works primarily in the Firm's Litigation and Public Safety practice groups where she represents public and private employers in employment litigation matters. Kimberly has considerable experience defending public entities against discrimination, retaliation, and section 1983 claims and has prepared for and tried cases in both state and federal court. Kimberly also has extensive experience in preparing for and conducting employee disciplinary appeals for both sworn and non-sworn employees. Kimberly has also litigated matters before the California Labor Commission.

Che I. Johnson

Che I. Johnson
Che I. Johnson, Partner

Che Johnson has over ten years of experience providing advice and counsel to public employers regarding all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including: complex negotiations and collective bargaining issues, wage and hour concerns, employee discipline, and claims of discrimination and harassment.  Che has represented a wide array of public entities including, cities, counties, community college districts, and special districts across California. He has specific expertise in representing clients in labor negotiations and administrative hearings such as hearings before the Public Employment Relations Board, binding arbitration, fact-finding hearings and employee disciplinary appeals.

Jesse Maddox

Jesse Maddox
Jesse Maddox, Partner

Jesse Maddox is a partner in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's Fresno and Sacramento offices, and serves on the Executive Committees of the Firm's Litigation and Public Safety Practice Groups. Jesse is an experienced trial attorney who represents clients in all aspects of employment and labor law, including litigation, counseling on employment matters, training and presentations, employee discipline, administrative hearings, and investigations.

Eileen O'Hare-Anderson

Eileen O'Hare-Anderson
Eileen O'Hare-Anderson, Partner

With over 20 years of experience in labor, employment, and education law, Eileen O'Hare-Anderson has an extensive background in the successful resolution of many employment, education-related, and business and facilities, issues. Her primary area of expertise is representing and advising community college districts in a general counsel role, in all phases of education-related matters, including general business issues.

Michael Youril

Michael Youril
Michael Youril, Associate

Michael provides representation and legal counsel to Liebert Cassidy Whitmore clients in matters pertaining to employment and labor law.

Awards & Involvement
Mar 1, 2018 Press Release

LCW Victory Named “2017 Top Verdict”

Fresno, CA (February,  2018) – We are excited to announce that LCW’s litigation victory on behalf of the City of Stockton has been named a “Top Verdict” of 2017 by the Daily Journal.  The matter was recognized as one of the most impactful defense verdicts

Mar 1, 2018 Press Release

Governor Brown Appoints LCW Attorney Erich Shiners to PERB Board

Governor Brown on Tuesday announced the appointment of Erich Shiners to the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). Erich Shiners is an attorney in the Sacramento office of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore where he serves the firm’s public agency clients including cities, counties and

Oct 1, 2017 Press Release

LCW is Proud to Announce New Partners - Adrianna Guzman and Che Johnson

Los Angeles, CA - Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (LCW) is pleased to announce that Adrianna Guzman and Che Johnson have been named Partners effective October 1, 2017.

Jul 27, 2017 Press Release

LCW Named a Best Law Firm for Female Attorneys

July 23, 2017 – Liebert Cassidy Whitmore has been named a best law firm for female attorneys again in the Law360 third annual Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys list published today. The list surveyed law firms across

May 4, 2017 Press Release

LCW Victory Named “Case of the Month”

LCW litigation victory on behalf of City of Stockton has been named the “Trials Digest’s Case of the Month.”

Feb 6, 2017 Press Release

Six LCW Attorneys Selected to the list of 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers

Six LCW Attorneys got selected to the list of  2017 Southern California Super Lawyers.

Oct 3, 2016 Press Release

LCW is Proud to Announce New Partners - Judith Islas and Oliver Yee

We are pleased to announce that Judith Islas and Oliver Yee have been named Partners effective October 1, 2016.

Jul 20, 2016 Press Release

Four LCW Partners Have Been Named "Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers" by the Daily Journal.

Four LCW Partners have been named California's "Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers," by the Daily Journal

Jul 8, 2016 Press Release

Seven LCW Attorneys Selected to the 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Seven LCW attorneys were selected to the 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Jun 13, 2016 Press Release

James E. Oldendorph Jr. Selected to the 2016 Southern California Rising Stars

We are proud to announce that James E. Oldendorph Jr. has been selected to the 2016 Southern California Rising Stars list, published by Super Lawyers

May 16, 2016 Press Release

LCW is Named A Top 15 Law Firm for Minority Attorneys

Law360 published its second annual The Top 100 Firms For Minority Attorneys list that surveyed law firms across the United States. We are proud to announce that LCW was listed in the #15 spot in this ranking. 

Apr 18, 2016 Press Release

LCW is Named A Top 5 Best Law Firm for Female Attorneys

Law360 published its second annual 100 Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys and The Best Law Firms For Female Partners. We are proud to announce that Liebert Cassidy Whitmore was ranked in the #4 spot in both of these categories.

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