T. Oliver Yee

T. Oliver Yee Partner

Oliver provides representation and legal counsel to Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's city, county, special district, community college district, charter school, and public safety clients. He leads the firm’s Audit Services Practice Team. In addition, his practice involves representing and advising clients on a variety of labor and employment issues including labor negotiations, personnel rules and policies, the Fair Labor Standards Act, laws and regulations of public employment retirement plans, the Brown Act and Public Records Act, unfair labor practices, employee grievances, leave and disability issues, and disciplinary actions.

Oliver is an experienced labor negotiator, having represented public agency clients as their chief negotiator in all aspects of the negotiations process, from the pre-negotiations planning phase up to and including impasse and fact finding. Oliver has also successfully navigated through an employee strike, serving as lead counsel and chief negotiator. He has also successfully represented clients before the Public Employment Relations Board, and regularly provides advice and counsel on negotiations and labor relations strategy.  In addition, Oliver regularly provides advice and counsel on retirement issues, and has successfully represented clients on appeals involving CalPERS and disability retirement determinations.

Oliver also specializes in providing audit services.  He relies on his vast experience in labor relations and litigation to bring thoughtful and innovative review and analysis to the audit process.  He is an author of the Liebert Model Personnel Policy Portal (LMP3), a set of model personnel policies for public agencies, and regularly audits personnel rules, administrative policies, and employee handbooks.  In addition, Oliver’s successful representation of clients in FLSA litigation enables him to be an effective auditor on FLSA-related issues.  

Oliver has successfully represented clients in class action matters involving the FLSA, and single plaintiff litigation employment matters in both state and federal court from inception through discovery, pre-trial proceedings, and settlement or trial.  He has also successfully defended agencies in disciplinary actions, and regularly advises clients on disciplinary matters.

Oliver is a prolific and dynamic presenter in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore's training program.  He regularly trains governing bodies, managers, supervisors and human resources personnel.  He also frequently presents at public sector conferences on relevant labor and employment topics.  Oliver relies on his extensive training experience to provide proactive and preventative advice and counsel to clients.

Oliver serves as the Personnel Chapter Chair of the League of California Cities Municipal Law Handbook. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Oliver was named a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star – Labor and Employment Law.

Education

  • JD, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis

  • BA, Washington University, St. Louis

  • MA, Washington University, St. Louis

LITIGATION

Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, et al. v. County of Los Angeles, et al. (2012) - Handled a Fair Labor Standards Act collective/class action case where the U.S. District Court granted a County law enforcement employer's summary judgment motion. The lawsuit involved the "donning and doffing" claims of approximately 3,000 deputy sheriffs in two different, yet consolidated, collective action lawsuits filed against the County and its Sheriff (collectively "the County"). The district court also granted the County's motion to decertify the remaining "off-the-clock" work claims. The district court's rulings effectively ended two large collective/class action lawsuits after several years of litigation.

Rosales v. County of Los Angeles (2011) - This FLSA collective action sought compensation for unreported overtime and certification of a class of 700 IHSS social workers who evaluated IHSS recipients' needs and made recommendations regarding the services to be performed by IHSS providers.  We successfully defeated plaintiffs' attempt to certify the class and limited the case to just one social worker.  The case then settled for nuisance value.

Petersen Law Firm v. City of Los Angeles (2009 and 2013) - Represented City and individual defendants in an action in which they prevailed on an Anti-SLAPP motion in a case challenging investigation of police officers. After the matter was appealed and remanded, the trial court reconsidered the City's motion for attorney's fees and ruled that the City was entitled to recover the entire amount of attorney's fees and costs it requested.

Bentley v. County of Los Angeles, et al (2009) - In a federal lawsuit a County client defeated a motion for conditional certification of a collective action filed by a potential lead plaintiff in a Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") wage and hour action.

NEGOTIATIONS

City of Santa Barbara Oliver served as chief negotiator during collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the City’s public safety units.

City of La Verne - Oliver served as chief negotiator during collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the City’s public safety units.

City of Redlands - Oliver served as chief negotiator during collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the City’s public safety units.

City of Whittier - Oliver served as chief negotiator during collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the City's miscellaneous employee unit.

City of Cudahy - Oliver served as chief negotiator during collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the City's miscellaneous employee unit.

City of Bell Gardens - Oliver has provided advice and counsel over the years during the City's collective bargaining agreement negotiations and in its labor relations with its employee groups.

City of Sierra Madre - Oliver has provided advice and counsel over the years during the City's collective bargaining agreement negotiations and in its labor relations with its employee groups.

Barstow Community College District - Oliver served as chief negotiator during collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the District’s faculty and miscellaneous employee units.

The Accelerated School - Oliver served as chief negotiator during collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the School's teacher and miscellaneous employee units.

Orange County Cemetery District - Oliver served as chief negotiator during collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the District’s miscellaneous employee unit.

Education

  • JD, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis

  • BA, Washington University, St. Louis

  • MA, Washington University, St. Louis

California Council of School Attorneys (CCSA)

Education

  • JD, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis

  • BA, Washington University, St. Louis

  • MA, Washington University, St. Louis

Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of Labor and Employment, 2013-2015

Education

  • JD, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis

  • BA, Washington University, St. Louis

  • MA, Washington University, St. Louis

Jun 2, 2020

How COVID-19 Could Permanently Transform Public Agency Operations: Lessons Learned

Partner T. Oliver Yee and Associate Alysha Stein-Manes authored the Daily Journal article, "How COVID-19 Could Permanently Transform Public Agency Operations: Lessons Learned," discussing steps organizations need to take in the new era of remote work.

May 28, 2020

Telework Transition Holds Key Lessons for Public Agencies

Partner Oliver Yee and Associate Alysha Stein-Manes authored the Law360 article, "Telework Transition Holds Key Lessons for Public Agencies," discussing lessons public agencies need to take away from the shift from in-agency work to remote work. To read full article: https://www.law360.com/articles/1275545/telework-transition-holds-key-lessons-for-public-agencies

Apr 14, 2020

Employee Housing Assistance—Legal Considerations for California Public Agencies

This article was authored by Partners Heather DeBlanc and Oliver Yee and Associate Kelly Tuffo for the California Lawyers Association Public Law Journal on April 14, 2020.  

Apr 14, 2020

Employee Housing Assistance—Legal Considerations for California Public Agencies

Partners Heather DeBlanc and Oliver Yee and Associate Kelly Tuffo authored an article for Bloomberg Law discussing a myriad of legal considerations and compensation issues when offering employee housing as a fringe benefit.  

Dec 9, 2019

Navigating the Impacts of AB 5 for Public Agency Employers

This article was published in the Daily Journal. 

Oliver Yee and Kaylee Feick authored this article for the Daily Journal on the unique challenges and issues Assembly Bill 5 creates for public agencies.

Sep 19, 2019

Governor Signs AB 5 into Law Codifying ABC Test for Determining Independent Contractor Status

Yesterday, on September 18, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill No. 5 (AB 5) into law.  AB 5 codifies the “ABC” test for determining independent contractor status that the California Supreme Court adopted in its 2018 decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903.  AB 5 adds section 2750.3 to the Labor Code and will become effective on January 1, 2020. 

Education

  • JD, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis

  • BA, Washington University, St. Louis

  • MA, Washington University, St. Louis

30 July 2020
16 June 2020
Customized Trainings

Navigating Public Sector Employment

Orange County Sanitation District Webinar
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13 May 2020
Speaking Engagements

Human Resources Boot Camp for Special Districts

California Special District Association (CSDA) Human Resources Bootcamp Webinar
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23 April 2020
Consortium Trainings

Navigating the Crossroads of Discipline and Disability Accommodation

LA County Human Resources Consortium Webinar
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19 March 2020
Speaking Engagements

Understanding the Legal Landscape for the Use of Independent Contractors

League of California Cities - City Attorneys' Department Webinar
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12 March 2020
Consortium Trainings

Nuts & Bolts: Navigating Common Legal Risks for the Front Line Supervisor

East Inland Empire ERC Fontana
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Education

  • JD, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis

  • BA, Washington University, St. Louis

  • MA, Washington University, St. Louis

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