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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 Associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's Los Angeles office where he provides advice and representation to the firm's clients in employment and litigation matters. Kevin has experience in litigation from the initial pleading stages, through discovery, and in filing pre-trial motions, including motions for summary judgment.  In addition to his work on litigation matters, Kevin also has experience advising employers during all stages of the disciplinary process, from investigation, to review of notices, attending Skelly reviews, and handling appeals.  Kevin has appeared before panels and administrative law judges, and he has handled administrative hearings for appeals of discipline.  Kevin has experience preparing witnesses for hearing and performing direct and cross-examination.  He has secured favorable settlements and administrative decisions.  Kevin also has drafted position statements in response to charges by the NLRB, EEOC, and DFEH.  He has further advised public agencies on compliance with disability laws and state and federal leave laws. 

Ryan L. Church

Associate
Ryan L. Church
Ryan L. Church, Associate

Ryan Church has over a decade of experience in the areas of employment law, federal Indian law and civil litigation. He has litigated extensively in state and federal courts as well as before administrative bodies and tribal courts. Ryan has obtained several favorable rulings on behalf of clients by prevailing on dispositive motions such as motions for summary judgment, Anti-SLAPP motions, and other pleadings. Ryan represents K-12 school districts, community college districts, and cities throughout California. Ryan also represents Native American tribes on issues regarding civil jurisdiction and sovereign immunity.

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. She practices education, construction, business, and employment law, representing both public and private sector 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

Litigation Technology Manager
Jay Dover
Jay Dover, Litigation Technology Manager

As Litigation Technology Manager, Jay manages eDiscovery and document review technology for the firm’s litigation matters.  He is responsible for managing the security, storage and organization of client-provided records and documents used in litigation cases.  This includes overseeing the import of documents and emails into the firm’s document review platform, CaseLogistix, as well as document production requests. Working closely with the firm’s Litigation Manager, Jay has established the firm’s policies, procedures and best practices for document review and conducts training for all legal staff on litigation technology applications.  Jay also provides technical support at trial and is often present in the courtroom, working directly with attorneys in the presentation of trial exhibits. 

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.

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
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

Jul 19, 2017 Press Release

Erich Shiners Joins LCW

July 19, 2017 – We are very excited to announce that Erich W. Shiners has officially joined Liebert Cassidy Whitmore. As a Senior Counsel in our Sacramento office, Erich is continuing his long career serving California’s public employers.

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.

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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