Employment and labor law
Our team has extensive experience in employment matters, including public sector labor negotiations, the defense wrongful termination, sexual harassment and discrimination actions, as well as wage and hour claims and the preparation and review of personnel policies and employee handbooks. We also provide in-service training for management and employees in avoiding sexual harassment and provide advice and counsel on ongoing personnel matters.
Our environmental experts have in depth knowledge of compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as issues arising from the enforcement of Federal and State Superfund laws and from local laws dealing with contamination caused by leaking underground storage tanks. Moreover, we have experience in negotiating indemnification agreements, cleanup cost-sharing agreements, and related documents in the purchase/sale of contaminated property.
Our litigation team has experience before both state and federal trial and appellate courts in such diverse areas as employee and student rights, discrimination claims, Brown Act claims, mandated costs claims, special education appeals, attorney fee disputes, and construction issues. We are experienced in mediation and both binding and non-binding arbitration. Our attorneys have handled complex, multi-district litigation in the areas of banking, civil rights, construction, professional liability, insurance coverage, and employments and business disputes.
Public Entity Defense
The firm has extensive experience in the defense of governmental tort liability claims, including defensing civil rights actions (42 U.S.C. 1983), personal injury defense, common carrier cases, and environmental tort defense.
Public Works Contracts
We have extensive experience in construction and public works matters, including negotiating and drafting construction contracts for public entities, and the litigation of construction defect cases, as well as delay, disruption, and acceleration claims. Moreover, out attorneys are experienced with all aspects of the competitive bid process for public works contracts.