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. 


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)


  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton


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 – Firefighters Association, Police Association and Costa Mesa City Employees Association

City of Glendale – IBEW

City of Garden Grove – Police Association

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, Police Management Association and Fire Management

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), Chief Officers' Association, and 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

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) 


  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

Jan 22, 2021

Can employers mandate the COVID-19 vaccine?

Peter Brown and Alexander Volberding were both recently quoted in “Can employers mandate the COVID-19 vaccine?” which was published in the Orange County Register, Daily Breeze, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Press-Telegram, Los Angeles Daily News, Pasadena Star-News, Redlands Daily Facts, The Press-Enterprise, The San Bernardino Sun, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Whittier Daily News. The piece explores whether an employer can legally mandate the vaccine under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. To read the article in its entirety, please click here.

Jan 22, 2021

Labor Law, Union Implications for Employer-Mandated Covid Vaccines

Peter Brown and Alexander Volberding recently penned a Bloomberg Law piece “Labor Law, Union Implications for Employer-Mandated Covid Vaccines,” which was published Jan. 21The piece discusses how employers will likely have to bargain with labor organizations that represent their employees prior to requiring certain employees be vaccinated. To read the article in its entirety, please click here.

Jan 14, 2021

Cal/OSHA Provides Questions and Answers Regarding New Regulations Related to COVID-19 (Public Agencies)

On January 8, the Department of Occupational and Safety (Cal/OSHA) updated its interpretive guidance concerning emergency COVID-19 regulations that took effect on November 30, 2020. The guidance reflects new information concerning employer obligations and employee entitlements under both Title 8 Sections 3205 and 3205.1, which, respectively, relate to the COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP)[1] and workplace COVID-19 outbreaks[2].

Jan 8, 2021

CDPH Updates Travel Advisory to Revise the Recommended Quarantine Period Following Interstate and International Travel and to Warn Against Non-Essential Intrastate Travel

On January 6, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its November 13, 2020 travel advisory concerning non-essential interstate travel and the quarantine period for individuals who engage in such travel.

Dec 23, 2020

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) Updates Guidance Concerning the Permissibility of Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations

On December 16, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated existing guidance in order to address COVID-19 vaccinations.[1] In addition to discussing vaccinations in the context of equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) laws, the guidance also discusses the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FD&C Act”), a law outside of the EEOC’s jurisdiction that nevertheless provides a statutory basis to decline vaccination. While this law provides an additional basis by which an individual may decline a COVID-19 vaccination, it should not affect our prior analysis[2] concluding that it is permissible for an employer to require that employees be vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

Dec 17, 2020

Governor Issues Executive Order Revising Cal/OSHA Quarantine Guidance and Addressing Other COVID-19 Related Issues

On December 14, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-84-20 (the “Order”), addressing a number of issues related to COVID-19 and the present public health emergency.


  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

20 November 2020
Speaking Engagements

Recent Developments In Public Sector Labor And Employment: A National Perspective

California Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) 2020 Annual Training Conference Webinar
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19 November 2020
Speaking Engagements

Meet & Confer Obligations During An Emergency: Lessons Learned From COVID-19 & Preparing For The Next Crisis

California Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) 2020 Annual Training Conference Webinar
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9 October 2020
Speaking Engagements

Layoffs, Furloughs, & Concessions - Negotiating in Challenging Times

League of California Cities 2020 Annual Conference Webinar
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1 October 2020
Speaking Engagements

FLSA Update

Oklahoma Public Employer Labor Relations Association (OKPELRA) Webinar Webinar
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9 September 2020
Consortium Trainings

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

Ventura/Santa Barbara ERC Webinar
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  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

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