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. 

Peter has a unique talent in promptly developing an expertise in most of the laws which impact our public agency clients including the labor relations statutes and those which the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Acts.  Many of the firm's clients have come to rely on his advice in guiding them in these constantly changing areas of law as well as on problem solving many of the labor issues our clients face.

Peter has also distinguished himself as a sought-after speaker, author and trainer on topics that impact our firm's clients. He speaks at numerous conferences throughout the state of California and nationally on public sector labor and employment law topics.

Peter is one of the most prolific and popular presenter in the firm’s renowned training activities. Although Peter spends most of his time out at public agencies or in workshops or conference presentations, he finds that the most enjoyable part of the practice of public sector labor and employment law is advising clients how to resolve day-to-day problems. "Helping people resolve a difficult problem is very gratifying. It is why I went to law school."  "I want the client to not only know the answer but specifically what the law says.  I show them the law.  Most people are visual."

Peter is the Chair of the firm's Labor Relations and Wage & Hour Practice Groups.  As Chair, Peter is responsible for developing both internal training for the attorneys as well as external training to the firm's clients on the latest Labor Relations and Wage & Hour developments.

Peter has also published numerous articles and has authored the CPER pocket guide to the Family and Medical Care Leave Acts since 1997. 

Recognitions

Peter has continued to be recognized throughout his career including the following:

  • National Law Journal Crisis Leadership Trailblazer (2020)

  • Southern California Super Lawyer (2007-2010, 2012-2017, 2019-2020)

  • Daily Journal Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers (2012-2014, 2016)

  • NPELRA President's Award (2012)

  • CalPELRA Award of Excellence (2006)

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

NEGOTIATIONS

City of Anaheim – Fire negotiations

City of Beverly Hills - MEA; Police; Police Management, Fire, Safety Support, Confidential, Management and Professional, Part-Time MEA and Supervisors

City of Costa Mesa – Fire and Police

City of Glendale – IBEW

City of Garden Grove – Police

City of Huntington Beach - Firefighters' Association, Police Officers' Association and Police Management Association

City of Laguna Beach – Fire,  Police, MEA and the Police/Fire Management Association

City of Manhattan Beach – Mid Management Association, Teamsters (General employees), Fire and Police, and Police Management Association

City of Newport Beach – Police; Police Management, Fire, Lifeguards, Lifeguard Management, OCEA, Professional and Tech and CEA

Orange County Fire Authority – OCEA (non-safety),  Local 3631 (Fire Association), OCFAMA (Management Association and Chief Officers Association)

City of Palm Springs - General Units (SEIU, Local 721), Police, Police Management Fire, Fire Management and Management and Professional Employees

City of Pasadena – IUOE and IBEW

County of Riverside – RSA – Sheriff’s Association – Law Enforcement Management Association and the DDAA (Association of County Attorneys)

Santa Ana – Police and SEIU – General employees

Tustin – Police, Police Management, Safety Support and OCEA (Municipal Employees) 

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

Sep 14, 2020

Department of Labor Issues Revised Regulations Concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On September 11, 2020, the Department of Labor ("DOL") promulgated three revised regulations concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA") (29 C.F.R. 826.) The revised regulations will take effect on September 16, 2020, upon publication of the revised rule in the Federal Register. 

Sep 1, 2020

Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health Announce New Framework for Reopening

On August 28, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new risk-based framework by which the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) will determine what activities are permitted in counties throughout the state (“Blueprint for a Safer Economy”). While most governmental operations are considered “critical infrastructure” and have been permitted to remain open with certain modifications, public employers should nevertheless familiarize themselves with this new framework for assessing relative risk and reopening non-essential businesses and operations.

Sep 1, 2020 Press Release

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Partners Named as National Law Journal’s Crisis Leadership Trailblazers

LOS ANGELESLiebert Cassidy Whitmore (“LCW”) is pleased to announce three Los Angeles partners have been named as National Law Journal’s Crisis Leadership Trailblazers. Firm Managing Partner J. Scott Tiedemann, Steven M. Berliner and Peter J. Brown were selected for their work in educating and guiding clients on labor and employment issues related to COVID-19.   

Jul 8, 2020

The Department Of Labor Issues Final Rule Regarding Joint Employer Status Under The FLSA

The United Stated Department of Labor has issued a final rule updating its regulations regarding joint employer status under the FLSA.  This bulletin will discuss the final rule and how it could affect whether an employee who works for you could be considered an employee who works for joint employers.  This bulletin will also provide you with specific examples of employees who are considered employees of joint employers and those who are not.

Apr 30, 2020

Interaction between Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave/State Disability Insurance

Employees who are eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“EPSL”) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) may also file a claim for Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) or State Disability Insurance (“SDI”), two benefits established under California law.

Apr 20, 2020

Guide to Understanding the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (“PEUC”) Program under the CARES Act

Note: This is the second of a two-part series concerning federal unemployment assistance. You may access the first bulletin here.

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

9 September 2020
Consortium Trainings

Managing COVID-19 Issues: Now and What’s Next

Ventura/Santa Barbara ERC Webinar
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20 August 2020
Consortium Trainings

Managing COVID-19 Issues: Now and What’s Next

LA County HR Consortium Webinar
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13 August 2020
Consortium Trainings

Managing COVID-19 Issues: Now and What’s Next

Gateway Public ERC Webinar
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13 August 2020
Consortium Trainings

Managing COVID-19 Issues: Now and What’s Next

East Inland Empire ERC Webinar
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13 August 2020
Consortium Trainings

Managing COVID-19 Issues: Now and What’s Next

Imperial Valley ERC Webinar
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13 August 2020
Consortium Trainings

Managing COVID-19 Issues: Now and What’s Next

Central Valley ERC Webinar
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Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

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