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 – 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) 

Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

Apr 6, 2020

Determining the Employees Essential to Your Agency’s Function and Complying with Executive Order N-33-20

On March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 (“Order”), which effectively imposed a statewide shutdown of non-essential business and governmental operations.  This Special Bulletin was updated on April 6 to reflect the most current guidance and orders. 

Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act Enacted into Law

On March 27, President Trump signed into law HR 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, which provides for $2 trillion in relief assistance to businesses, non-profits, state and local governments, public agencies and special districts, public elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and individuals.

Mar 23, 2020

Revised Special Bulletin: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Enacted Into Law

On March 18, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to reduce the impact of the virus on American families, the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) and President Trump signed the bill into law a few hours later.  We initially reported on this issue on March 18, 2020 and are issuing a revised Bulletin to answer questions regarding the effective date of the Act and whether the Emergency Paid Sick Leave required under the Act is a separate entitlement if an employer already offers an equivalent amount of leave.

Mar 16, 2020

UPDATE, March 16, 2020, 5:49 p.m. Tax Credits for Private Employers in Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 14, 2020, at 12:51 am, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to reduce the impact of the virus on American families, the House of Representative passed H.R. 6201, titled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act).  The bill will now move to the Senate, where it will be debated and voted upon.  If the bill passes in the Senate, President Trump will likely sign the bill into law, as he released a statement on March 14, announcing his full support of the bill.   It would become effective become effective within 15 days of the Act’s passage.  We will presumably learn the effective date when it is passed.

Mar 16, 2020

House Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Bill Moves To Senate For Vote

On March 14, 2020, at 12:51 am, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to reduce the impact of the virus on American families, the House of Representative passed H.R. 6201, titled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act).  The bill will now move to the Senate, where it will be debated and voted upon.  If the bill passes in the Senate, President Trump will likely sign the bill into law, as he released a statement on March 14, announcing his full support of the bill.   

Feb 20, 2020

What Employers Should Know About the New Overtime Rate Regulations

Partner Peter Brown and Associate Lars Reed recently authored an article for Bloomberg Law covering the Department of Labor's recent changes to overtime rate regulations.  

Education

  • 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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Education

  • JD, Hofstra University School of Law, New York

  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton

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