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Linda K. Adler

Senior Counsel
Linda K. Adler
Linda K. Adler, Senior Counsel

Linda Adler, Senior Counsel in LCW's San Francisco Office, represents clients in all matters pertaining to education, labor, and employment law. Well versed in the litigation process, Linda has successfully represented colleges and universities throughout California in disputes regarding employment and student matters. Prior to joining LCW, Linda represented colleges and universities before administrative agencies and in mediations, arbitrations, jury and bench trials. In addition, Linda has served as general counsel for colleges without in-house legal departments.

Richard Bolanos

Richard Bolanos
Richard Bolanos, Partner

Richard (Rick) Bolanos has an exclusive practice representing California cities, counties and special districts in labor relations, negotiations, representation in disciplinary proceedings, arbitration of grievances, investigations, mediations, fact-finding hearings and specialized representation in investigation of employee discipline, harassment and discrimination matters. In addition, Rick provides special counsel to public agencies concerning public safety department formation, consolidation and dissolution procedures and he is one of the firm's specialists in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) consultation and litigation.

Grace Chan

Grace Chan
Grace Chan, Associate

Grace provides client representation and legal counsel to clients in matters pertaining to education, employment and labor law. Grace also works extensively with private and independent schools and is experienced in handling various employment, student and governance issues, such as drafting employment agreements, employee handbooks, enrollment agreements and student handbooks, updating bylaws, and providing legal counsel regarding risk management practices, employee discipline and terminations, EEO compliance, wage and hour issues, leaves, as well as various student issues, such as student discipline and expulsion, disability accommodation and tuition disputes.

Lisa S. Charbonneau

Lisa S. Charbonneau
Lisa S. Charbonneau, Associate

Lisa represents cities, counties, and special districts throughout the state in litigation, advice and counsel, and all other matters pertaining to labor and employment law, including investigations, public employee discipline, wage and hour compliance, the Public Safety Officers’ and Firefighters’ Procedural Bill of Rights Acts, and labor relations.  She also works with the firm’s school clients on wage and hour and other education law matters. 

Joy J. Chen

Joy J. Chen
Joy J. Chen, Associate

Joy Chen, an Associate in the San Francisco office of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, represents and advises public sector agencies in all aspects of labor, employment, and education law, including labor relations, workplace investigations, disciplinary proceedings, responding to EEOC/DFEH charges, reviewing and advising on personnel policies, the interactive accommodation process, and due process considerations. Her portfolio of clients consists of cities, counties, special districts, police and fire departments, public and private schools, and community college districts. Joy is experienced in various aspects of litigation before federal and California state courts, including law and motion, written discovery, depositions, settlement, and trial. She has defended employers in litigation claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and other employment and tort claims.

Abigail W. Clark

Abigail W. Clark
Abigail W. Clark, Associate

An associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's San Francisco Office, Abigail (Abby) Clark provides representation and counsel to public agencies, including cities, counties, school districts, fire districts, and special districts, as well as private educational institutions, in labor, employment, education and business and facilities matters.

Heather R. Coffman

Heather R. Coffman
Heather R. Coffman, Associate

Heather advises, negotiates, and litigates on behalf of a diverse portfolio of public sector clients. Her clients include counties, cities, public safety agencies, and public education clients (K-12 schools and community colleges). Heather regularly advises and represents these clients in matters ranging from investigations, disciplinary matters, administrative proceedings, unfair practice charges, and litigation involving state and federal discrimination and harassment claims. In addition, Heather represents public agencies at the bargaining table. Her negotiations practice includes education, public safety and general public agency clients. Heather also frequently trains clients on new legal developments and strategies to prevent litigation, enhance employee performance, and strengthen labor relations.

Morin I. Jacob

Morin I. Jacob
Morin I. Jacob, Partner

Morin Jacob is the Managing Partner of the firm's San Francisco office, and is a seasoned litigator who handles all facets of defense-side employment litigation, from pre-litigation through jury trial and appeal. Morin represents Liebert Cassidy Whitmore clients on all labor and employment law, primarily working with Public Safety Departments, and also representing Cities, Counties, and Special Districts.

Arlin Kachalia

Arlin Kachalia
Arlin Kachalia, Associate

Arlin Kachalia, an associate in the San Francisco office of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, is experienced in various aspects of litigation before state and federal courts, from handling trial, law and motion, mediation, settlement and appeal matters. She has extensive deposition and written discovery experience and considerable litigation expertise in handling discrimination, harassment, and retaliation causes of action, for both local agency and education clients. Arlin represents the firm's clients in all aspects of employment law including responding to EEOC/DFEH charges, advising on employee discipline, drafting disciplinary notices and reprimands, reviewing policies, advising on family and medical leave, and conducting interactive process meetings. Arlin has also advised clients on matters pertaining to the Ralph M. Brown Act, Public Records Act, and conflicts of interest.

Juliana Kresse

Juliana Kresse
Juliana Kresse, Associate

Juliana Kresse provides representation to the firm's clients in employment and education law. She has represented clients in California State and Federal courts and is well versed in all aspects of the litigation process including taking depositions, drafting motions, and preparing witnesses for trial.

Awards & Involvement
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

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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