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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.

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.

Jay Dover

IT Director
Jay Dover
Jay Dover, IT Director

As IT Director, Jay provides the overall strategic direction of the firm's technology with primary responsibilities of evaluating and deploying new technology, information and network security and managing IT operations.  Jay also manages the firm’s litigation technology including document review applications, workflows and procedures in the discovery/production process.  He is also responsible for establishing the firm's IT policies and procedures, systems documentation, IT best practices, backup and disaster recovery strategy, IT department budgeting and supervises application training for LCW attorneys and staff.

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. 

Christopher S. Frederick

Associate
Christopher S. Frederick
Christopher S. Frederick, Associate

Christopher represents clients in employment, facilities, and construction law matters. As a litigator, Christopher has extensive experience defending clients against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.  He has repeatedly leveraged facts uncovered during the discovery process into favorable resolutions for his clients and has successfully obtained dismissals of cases at the pleading and summary judgment stages.  Christopher also has extensive experience both advising clients on handling stop payment notices, bid protests and other construction related issues, as well as defending clients in construction and leasing related proceedings such as defect, change orders, sub-contractor counterclaims, and breach of lease

Awards & Involvement
Aug 1, 2019 Press Release

Daniel Cassidy Celebrates Fifty Years of Practicing Law

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore would like to congratulate Daniel C. Cassidy on celebrating fifty years of practicing law.  Dan, a founding partner of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, is among the most experienced and accomplished practitioners in the fields of public sector labor relations, negotiations and
Jul 16, 2019 Press Release

LCW Named a Best Law Firm for Women and Minority Attorneys

On July 11, 2019, Law360 published their annual Best Law Firms for Women and Minority Attorneys list that highlights the top 25 firms outranking their peers on their representation of both women and attorneys of color. Liebert Cassidy Whitmore ranked third out of firms with 50-149 attorneys on staff
Jul 10, 2019 Press Release

Daily Journal Recognizes Morin Jacob, Jesse Maddox and Geoffrey Sheldon as 2019 Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

We are proud to announce that the Daily Journal has named Liebert Cassidy Whitmore partners Morin Jacob, Jesse Maddox and Geoffrey Sheldon as Top Labor & Employment Lawyers for 2019. This annual list recognizes California’s top attorneys who have made significant contributions in labor and
Jun 27, 2019 Press Release

Five Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Attorneys Named Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Los Angeles, CA (June 27, 2019) – Liebert Cassidy Whitmore is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been selected as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Partners Shelline Bennett and Richard Bolanos were named Northern California Super Lawyers while Associates Abiga
Jun 19, 2019 Press Release

Megan Atkinson Named 2019 Southern California Rising Star

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore is pleased to announce that associate Megan Atkinson has been selected as a “2019 Southern California Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. Megan was selected in the Employment Litigation: Defense category. 
Jun 5, 2019 Press Release

LCW Named a Top Law Firm for Female Attorneys for the Fourth Consecutive Year

For the fourth consecutive year, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (“LCW”) has made the list of top law firms for female attorneys. This year, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore was ranked in the top three firms with 50-149 attorneys on staff. 
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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