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Michael Blacher

Partner
Michael Blacher
Michael Blacher, Partner

Michael Blacher is the Chair of the firm's Private Education Practice Group. He represents educational institutions in all aspects of labor, employment, and education law. Michael has successfully defended claims involving alleged harassment, discrimination and retaliation, disability accommodation, First Amendment, and alleged violation of wage and hour laws. Michael also advises educational institutions in Office of Civil Rights investigations and has handled a number of Title IX cases. Michael often advises boards on governance and other issues, including updates to bylaws. He works extensively on contractual matters such as employment and enrollment agreements as well as employee and student handbooks. Michael also represents clients during arbitrations and administrative hearings.

Richard Bolanos

Partner
Richard Bolanos
Richard Bolanos, Partner

Richard (Rick) Bolanos has an exclusive practice representing California cities, counties, community college districts and special districts in labor relations services, representation in disciplinary proceedings, arbitration, mediation, fact-finding hearings, and administrative law proceedings. Rick provides oversight of complex personnel investigations and specialized advice and counsel concerning workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation matters. In addition, Rick is one of the firm's specialists in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) consultation and litigation.

Amy Brandt

Associate
Amy Brandt
Amy Brandt, Associate

Amy Brandt is an Associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s San Francisco office where she provides advice and counsel to clients in all matters pertaining to education, labor, and employment law. Amy works closely with school district management and leaders on various issues such as employee investigations, employee discipline, civil rights issues, student discipline, contract interpretation, contract drafting, and community partnerships. In addition, Amy represents schools and public agencies in matters including arbitrations, defending claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and advising on Public Records Act compliance. Amy regularly represents clients before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Office of Civil Rights.

Peter J. Brown

Partner
Peter J. Brown
Peter J. Brown, Partner

Peter Brown has been involved in all areas of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's practice since 1989. His career has evolved from representing public agencies in litigation and all types of administrative hearings to now, where he spends most days -  at the collective bargaining table or in a City Council or Board meeting advising on labor negotiations. 

 

Tony G. Carvalho

Associate
Tony G. Carvalho
Tony G. Carvalho, Associate

Tony G. Carvalho is an Associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Fresno Office where he provides assistance to clients in matters pertaining to employment law, wage and hour, and litigation.  His main areas of focus include: harassment and discrimination of all types, wage and hour claims, the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) class actions, interactive process and reasonable accommodation, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Tony has experience in drafting pleadings, motions, memoranda, written discovery, mediation briefs, labor arbitration briefs, and responses to Department of Fair Employment & Housing complaints.

Daniel C. Cassidy

Partner
Daniel C. Cassidy
Daniel C. Cassidy, Partner

Dan Cassidy is among the most experienced and accomplished practitioners in the fields of public sector labor relations, negotiations and employment law.  For more than 30 years, he has effectively advocated on behalf of counties, cities, special districts, community colleges and school districts in negotiations, arbitrations and in civil service commission and other administrative hearings.  Dan, a founding partner of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, has negotiated hundreds of labor agreements for his public agency clients, and various public safety, general, professional, and supervisory units.  He has also represented public agencies as a presenter and panel member in numerous interest arbitrations and factfinding proceedings.

Grace Chan

Associate
Grace Chan
Grace Chan, Associate

Grace represents educational institutions in all aspects of education and employment law. Grace works extensively in handling various employment and student issues, such as drafting employment agreements, employee handbooks, enrollment agreements and student handbooks, defending claims of alleged harassment, discrimination, retaliation and disability accommodation issues, and advising on employee discipline, wage and hour issues, leaves, student discipline and expulsion, tuition disputes, and contract claims. 

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.

Lisa S. Charbonneau

Associate
Lisa S. Charbonneau
Lisa S. Charbonneau, Associate

Lisa represents cities, counties, and special districts throughout the state as a negotiator, litigator, and trusted advisor in all matters pertaining to labor and employment law.  She has extensive experience in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and wage and hour compliance, the Public Safety Officers' and Firefighters' Procedural Bill of Rights Acts, disciplinary matters, and labor relations.  She also works with the firm's school clients on wage and hour matters.

Kevin J. Chicas

Associate
Kevin J. Chicas
Kevin J. Chicas, Associate

Kevin Chicas is an experienced Associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's San Diego 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.

Awards & Involvement
Jul 8, 2020 Press Release

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Attorneys Named 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

LOS ANGELES – Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (“LCW”) is pleased to announce eight Northern California attorneys have been named 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.  Fresno and Sacramento Office Managing Partner Shelline Bennett and Partner Richard Bolanos were s
Jul 6, 2020 Press Release

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Attorneys Named 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers and Rising Star

LOS ANGELES – Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (“LCW”) is pleased to announce four Los Angeles attorneys have been named 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.  Managing Partner J. Scott Tiedemann and Partners Peter J. Brown and Geoffrey S. Sheldon were selected as S
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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