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Juliana Kresse

Associate
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.

Erin Kunze

Associate
Erin Kunze
Erin Kunze, Associate

Erin provides representation and legal counsel to Liebert Cassidy Whitmore clients on a variety of employment, education, business and facilities law matters, including retirement, labor relations, public safety, and safety planning in schools. She provides training to LCW clients in the areas of performance management, harassment and discrimination, and mandated reporting. Erin assists academic institutions and nonprofit clients in complying with foundation, donation, and exempt organization issues.

Michael J. Le

Associate
Michael J. Le
Michael J. Le, Associate

Michael J. Le provides legal representation and counsel to Liebert Cassidy Whitmore clients in matters pertaining to employment and labor law.  Michael primarily works as a litigator, representing public safety agencies, cities, and counties at all levels of the litigation process, including administrative hearings and grievance arbitrations, trial, and appeal. 

Megan Lewis

Associate
Megan Lewis
Megan Lewis, Associate

Megan Lewis represents public employers, including cities, counties, and special districts, and private school clients on employment law issues.  Megan has over a decade of litigation experience before state and federal courts, administrative bodies, and private arbitrations.  She is experienced in all aspects of the litigation process, including pleadings, written discovery and depositions, dispositive motion practice, and alternative dispute resolution.  Megan also advises on, and conducts, workplace investigations.  She has conducted investigations involving a variety of allegations, including harassment, workplace violence, and off duty misconduct.

Drew Liebert

Training Consultant
Drew Liebert
Drew Liebert, Training Consultant

Drew Liebert has passionately focused his legal career in legislative law-making and advocacy.  Prior to his 2015 retirement from the California Legislature, Drew was one of the Legislature's most senior attorneys, having worked over 25 years in both the State Assembly and the State Senate. For almost two decades, he was the Chief Counsel to the Assembly Judiciary Committee where he and his staff counsel reviewed and advised state legislators, as well as the executive and judicial branches about virtually all areas of the state's civil justice system, including employment and constitutional law.  This work put Drew in the front row seat of developing some of California’s most important civil law reforms, such as sexual harassment prevention and diversity enhancement, child support improvement and marriage equality, and anti-discrimination reforms.

Freshta Maftoon

Office Administrator
Freshta Maftoon
Freshta Maftoon, Office Administrator

As the Administrator of the San Francisco Office, Freshta manages the day-to-day operations of a growing office, including human resources, administration, and office operations. As a member of the firm's management team and strategic planning committee, Freshta contributes to LCW's long and short-range strategic goals. Freshta serves as a liaison between our attorneys and our legal support staff to ensure that the day-to-day support services run smoothly and efficiently.

Carla McCormack

Associate
Carla McCormack
Carla McCormack, Associate

Carla represents management on a full range of employment law issues, with particular expertise in preventive counseling, disciplinary and harassment investigations, disability accommodations/interactive process, and progressive discipline.

Matthew Nakano

Associate
Matthew Nakano
Matthew Nakano, Associate

Matthew advises and represents clients in all aspects of labor, employment and education law.

Dalisai Nisperos

Associate
Dalisai Nisperos
Dalisai Nisperos, Associate

Dalisai Nisperos is an Associate in the San Francisco Office of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore.  She represents and advises public sector agencies in all aspects of labor, employment, and education law. This includes: state and federal court litigation, labor relations, responding to EEOC/DFEH charges, wage and hour, and advice and counsel on an array of personnel issues. She has first-chaired administrative hearings and arbitrations, and continues to represent clients in state and federal court matters.

Cynthia O'Neill

Partner
Cynthia O'Neill
Cynthia O'Neill, Partner

For more than 25 years, Cynthia has provided practical legal advice to public sector employers on such topics as: the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Public Safety Officers' and Firefighters' Procedural Bill of Rights Acts, municipal personnel practices and employee discipline, accommodation of employees with disabilities, and the prevention of sexual harassment.

Awards & Involvement
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

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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