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James is an experienced litigator, and has successfully represented clients in employment litigation matters in both State and Federal court from inception through discovery, pre-trial proceedings, and settlement or trial. James regularly provides advice and counsel and representation to firm clients on a wide array of litigation, administrative and personnel matters involving the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act, the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act, the California Labor Code, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the California and United States Constitutions, the California Public Records Act and similar claims. James’s litigation practice extends to handling Federal and State writs and injunctions.

On March 30, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-40-20 which extends various statutory deadlines due to the State of Emergency in California relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Under the Executive Order, the deadline specified in Government Code section 3304(d) for opening and completing investigations of alleged misconduct by public safety officers is extended

Police-Officer_Small.JPGOn August 12, 2015, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth District held that police officers’ agreement to reimburse a city for training costs if they quit within five years was valid only to the extent the training related to Peace Officer Standards and Training (“POST”) certification mandated by law. The Court held that employer-mandated


In a case handled by LCW attorneys Steve Berliner and Stefanie Vaudreuil, a California Court of Appeal affirmed a judgment by the Los Angeles County Superior Court that the City of South Pasadena did not impair constitutionally-protected vested rights when it modified City contributions to retiree medical insurance for existing employees once the memoranda