Casey Williams

Casey Williams Associate

Casey is an employment litigator and nonprofit business attorney, based in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s San Francisco office. Her dynamic practice is focused on helping mission-driven organizations achieve their goals while staying compliant and working through complex disputes.

Casey is an experienced employment litigator, with trial, mediation, and pre-litigation experience. She regularly counsels clients on wage and hour, discrimination, disability, and leave matters. She also loves drafting employment documents such as handbooks, termination letters, and releases, as well as advising on discipline, investigations, and wage and hour compliance. Her representative litigation work includes drafting motions for summary judgment and motions to dismiss, handling all facets of discovery, including e-discovery, and facilitating successful resolutions.

In addition to serving as employment counsel, Casey also assists nonprofits with their unique business needs. This work includes guiding nonprofits through corporate formations, tax-exemption applications, corporate governance matters, and nonprofit dissolutions. She regularly reviews and drafts contracts for nonprofits, including grant agreements, resource sharing agreements, fiscal sponsorship agreements, corporate sponsorship agreements, and licensing and intellectual property related agreements. In addition to employment issues, she also advises boards and executive directors on protecting intellectual property, working with volunteers, engaging in lobbying activities, and managing grant relationships.  

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Casey worked for a full-service business firm in Oakland where she practiced employment and nonprofit law. She also worked as an instructor for five years at the College of Extended Learning, San Francisco State University, where she taught a survey course on employment law for Human Resources professionals.

In law school, Casey served as an extern for the Hon. Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. During law school, she served as a production editor for the UC Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal and was a member of the board of the moot court team. 

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Oct 23, 2019 Webinars on Demand
101 on Gift Agreements & Self-Dealing Transactions for Nonprofit Schools

Board of Directors, Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, 2017-present

Board of Directors, Unity Council, 2016-present

Member, Alameda County Bar Association, 2011-Present (Executive Committee, Barristers Section, 2013-2015; Commissioner, Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee, 2014-2017)

Supervising Volunteer Attorney, Low Income Landlord Clinic, Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, 2014-2017

Member, Earl Warren American Inn of Court, 2015-2017

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Oct 23, 2019 Webinars on Demand
101 on Gift Agreements & Self-Dealing Transactions for Nonprofit Schools

Recipient, Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services, State Bar of California, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Oct 23, 2019 Webinars on Demand
101 on Gift Agreements & Self-Dealing Transactions for Nonprofit Schools
Dec 13, 2019 Business & Facilities

AB 48 – Places $15 Billion Bond Measure On March Primary Ballot, Which Would Be Largest School Construction Bond In California History

This bill authorizes placing a $15 billion bond measure to fund the construction and modernization of public education facilities on the March 3, 2020 primary ballot. If passed by the voters, this will be the largest bond measure to support schools in California history. The bill states that of the $15 billion in bond funding, $9 billion will go to preschool and K-12 projects.  Of that $9 billion, $5.2 billion is for modernizing schools, $2.8 billion is for new construction, $500 million is for career technical education facilities, and $500 million is for charter schools. The remaining $6 billion is reserved for higher education with the community colleges, the California State University system, and the University of California each receiving $2 billion. The bill also makes a number of changes to the existing School Facilities Program, through which districts apply for bond funding. For example, in place of a first-come, first-served process, these changes require the Office of Public School Construction to prioritize certain applications. Priority projects include those that will address health or safety hazards, assist districts facing financial hardships, or reduce severe overcrowding. This bill also encourages the use of bond funding for broadband internet access, seismic mitigation, and lead abatement projects. Overall, this bill creates the potential for a large influx in funding for school construction, while ushering in a new procedures and priorities for awarding funding.

Oct 15, 2019

Governor Newsom Signs AB 1548 – Authorizing Grant Funding to Protect Nonprofits at Risk of Violent Attacks – but Religious Nonprofit Schools May Need to Proceed Cautiously in Applying For Funds.

On October 11, Governor Newsom signed AB 1548. This bill establishes the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program (“CSNSGP”), to provide grant funding to improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations, including schools, clinics, community centers, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and similar locations that are at high risk for violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission. 

Jan 10, 2019 Business & Facilities

AB 2031 – Makes the Submission of a Prequalification Questionnaire and Financial Statement for Bidding on a School Facilities Project Permanent.

Existing law requires school districts with an average daily attendance over 2,500 to establish a process for prequalifying general contractors and certain subcontractors for public works projects over $1 million and that use state school facility bond funds. To meet these requirements, the district must:

Dec 13, 2018 Business & Facilities

AB 1565 – Limits Liability of General Contractors for Sub-Contractor’s Failure to Comply with the Labor Code

Last year, the Legislature enacted Labor Code section 218.7, which holds direct contractors liable, under certain types of construction contracts, for unpaid wages, benefits, or contributions that a subcontractor owes to its workers. Labor Code section 218.7 allows direct contractors to require subcontractors to provide certain payroll records so that the direct contractor can evaluate the subcontractor’s compliance with wage and hour laws. The direct contractor may withhold payments until the subcontractor provides those records.

Nov 29, 2018 Business & Facilities

AB 1766 – All Public Swimming Pools, Where Admission Fees are Charged, Must Now Have an Automated External Defibrillator Onsite

This bill requires all public swimming pools to have an Automated External Defibrillator (“AED”) onsite. This bill applies to all artificial public swimming pools, as opposed to public lakes or rivers, where an entrance fee is charged. Currently, public agencies are required to provide lifeguards during pool operations. Agencies will now be required to also provide AEDs, which are portable electronic devices used to deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, during life-threatening cardiac arrest. The bill also requires the State Department of Education, in consultation with the State Department of Public Health, to issue best practices guidelines for pool safety at K-12 schools.

Nov 15, 2018 Business & Facilities

AB 375 – The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018

This bill creates the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, which gives California residents (“consumers”) the right to:

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Oct 23, 2019 Webinars on Demand
101 on Gift Agreements & Self-Dealing Transactions for Nonprofit Schools
24 April 2020

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Oct 23, 2019 Webinars on Demand
101 on Gift Agreements & Self-Dealing Transactions for Nonprofit Schools
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