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Melanie L. Chaney

Partner
Melanie L. Chaney
Melanie L. Chaney, Partner

Melanie represents and regularly advises cities, counties, community college districts, school districts, public safety departments and special districts regarding employee and labor relations matters.  The breadth of her experience as both a negotiator and a litigator informs her practical approach to the myriad of labor and employment issues faced by public entities.

Kevin J. Chicas

Associate
Kevin J. Chicas
Kevin J. Chicas, Associate

Kevin Chicas is an experienced Associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's Los Angeles office where he provides advice and representation to the firm's clients in labor, employment, and litigation matters. As a member of the firm’s Labor Relations practice group, Kevin regularly advises and represents clients in navigating their various meet and confer obligations under the MMBA, EERA, and TEERA.  Kevin also regularly represents agencies before PERB on matters such as unfair practice charges, representation issues, and requests for injunctive relief.  Additionally, as part of Kevin’s continuing practice in bargaining unit representation matters, Kevin served a lead role in advising clients in complying with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME and Senate Bill 866.  Kevin also represents clients at the bargaining table, negotiating matters such as compensation, mandatory access under A.B. 119, employee communication, and other terms and conditions of employment.

Ryan L. Church

Associate
Ryan L. Church
Ryan L. Church, Associate

Ryan Church has over a decade of experience serving as general and special counsel to governmental clients throughout California. Ryan focusses his practice on employment law, education law, investigations, civil litigation, and federal Indian jurisprudence. Ryan works closely with our clients on employee disciplines, developing workplace policies and procedures, addressing violence at the workplace, Title IX compliance, and complex conflicts of interest issues. Ryan also regularly represents clients on matters before the EEOC, DFEH, OCR, and PERB.  Ryan has litigated extensively in state and federal courts and before administrative bodies and tribal courts throughout California and other states. Ryan has obtained several favorable rulings on behalf of clients by prevailing on dispositive motions such as motions for summary judgment, Anti-SLAPP motions, motions to dismiss, and other pleadings.

Gary Connally

Executive Director
Gary Connally
Gary Connally, Executive Director

As Executive Director, Gary Connally manages the day-to-day business affairs of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, including finance and administration, human resources and firm-wide operations.  In this role he provides daily guidance to the firm on the myriad of issues a small business faces, and in addition helps to formulate and implement our long-range strategic plans. Since Gary joined the firm in 2001, LCW has more than doubled in size.

Heather DeBlanc

Partner
Heather DeBlanc
Heather DeBlanc, Partner

Heather DeBlanc is the Chair of the firm's Business & Facilities Practice Group and serves on the Executive Committee of the Retirement, Health and Disability Practice Group. She serves as the lead partner in both Affordable Care Act and Section 125 Plans practice. She practices education, construction, business, and employment law, representing clients in transactional and litigation matters, as well as administrative hearings.

Jenny Denny

Associate
Jenny Denny
Jenny Denny, Associate

Jenny Denny, an associate at Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Los Angeles Office, provides assistance to clients in matters pertaining to employment law, litigation services, private education and public education law.

Mary Dowell

Partner
Mary Dowell
Mary Dowell, Partner

With almost 40 years of experience in labor, employment, and education law, Mary Dowell has assisted clients in a myriad of employment and education-related issues.  Her primary area of expertise is representing and advising community college districts in a general counsel role, specifically in education, labor and employment-related matters.

Christopher Fallon

Associate
Christopher Fallon
Christopher Fallon, Associate

Christopher provides representation and legal counsel to school and community college district, special districts, and independent schools.  His practice focuses on matters pertaining to business and facilities including general business contracts, construction contracts, and litigation. Christopher is also a LEED (Leadership in Energy Environmental Design) Green Associate, meaning he has been accredited by the U. S. Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) as a professional with extensive knowledge of green building practices, construction, and operations.  The LEED Green Associate is a highly accredited degree that recognizes individuals who specialize in green building practices and design, implementation, and regulatory requirements.

Kaylee Feick

Associate
Kaylee Feick
Kaylee Feick, Associate

Kaylee Feick is an Associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Los Angeles office where she provides representation and counsel to clients in all matters pertaining to labor, employment, and education law.  She provides support in litigation claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour disputes, and other employment matters. Kaylee has experience in litigation procedures such as drafting pleadings and discovery. She also has experience in trial preparation, including researching and drafting pretrial motions and preparing witnesses for trial.  

Jenny-Anne S. Flores

Associate
Jenny-Anne S. Flores
Jenny-Anne S. Flores, Associate

Jenny-Anne Flores is an associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Los Angeles Office where she provides representation and legal counsel to the Firm’s education and public agency clients. An experienced litigator, Jenny-Anne has extensive experience in all aspects of the litigation process including pleadings, discovery, dispositive motion practice, settlement/mediation and trials. 

Awards & Involvement
Feb 13, 2019 Press Release

Three LCW Attorneys Honored by the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore congratulates three attorneys who were selected to the 2019 list of Southern California Super Lawyers. 
Oct 2, 2018 Press Release

LCW Announces Three New Partners: Linda Adler, Jennifer Rosner and Max Sank

LOS ANGELES - Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (LCW) is pleased to announce that Linda Adler, Jennifer Rosner and Max Sank have been named Partner effective October 1, 2018. Adler, based in the San Francisco office and member of the firms Private Education Practice Group, represents coll
Jun 4, 2018 Press Release

LCW Named a Best Law Firm for Female Attorneys

Los Angeles, CA – On May 28, 2018, Law360 published their annual Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys list that surveyed more than 300 law firms across the United States. We are proud to announce Liebert Cassidy Whitmore was ranked in the #3 spot in law firms of comparable size. This is the thi
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 of the yea
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 spe
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 the United States and Liebert Cassidy Whitmore was ranked in the #2 sp
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.
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. 
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