Labor and Collective Bargaining
A collective bargaining agreement is a legally binding document that defines many of the terms and conditions of the employee/employer relationship and can impact 80-85% of a district’s budget. Our attorneys have extensive experience in representing our clients in collective bargaining and advising and defending against grievances and unfair practice charges.
Management and Employment
A substantial part of our practice is advising our clients on management and employment issues, including employee discipline, hiring, layoffs and non-renewals, discrimination and harassment investigation and prevention, entitlement to leaves, reasonable accommodations and the interactive process.
Governance and General Business Law
The attorneys at Erickson Law Firm routinely advise our clients on issues relating to the Brown Act, public records requests, conflicts of interest, budget and funding requirements, and responses to tort and contract claims. We also review and draft employment and service agreements, vendor contracts, cooperative agreements with other public entities, sponsorship agreements, and construction and facility contracts. Our attorneys further have experience litigating administrative and lawsuits through hearing, trial, and appeal.
As counsel for schools and community colleges, we advise and represent our clients in all matters of student issues, including confidentiality and FERPA, student discipline and expulsion, special education issues, interdistrict transfers, student rights, and student complaints and grievances.
Facilities and Construction
Erickson Law Firm A.P.C. has provided advice to school and college districts regarding all aspects of the bidding and procurement process. The firm routinely provides guidance and advice to districts regarding the purchase of goods, services and property, bid protests, and the purchase, lease, sale and transfer of real property. We also have extensive experience reviewing and drafting all types of construction agreements, including the traditional design-bid-build agreements, the multi-purpose agreement, the construction management at risk agreement, the design-build agreement, and the lease-leaseback agreement.
Founder and owner of Erickson Law Firm A.P.C. He has been an attorney for the past 23 years and has exclusively represented school and community college districts and university auxiliary organizations since 1999 in all aspects of labor and collective bargaining, management and employment law, and general education law.
An associate attorney and represents school districts, community college districts, charter schools and university auxiliary organizations in matters relating to Affordable Care Act, labor relations, and general education matters.
Joshua Taylor is an associate with Erickson Law Firm A.P.C. Mr. Taylor earned his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in December of 2015. He graduated with honors and as a Senior Editor of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review. He earned his Bachelors in English from San Diego State University in 2006.
Leopoldo (Leo) Santiago is an associate with the Erickson Law Firm A.P.C. Mr. Santiago earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. He graduated in 2012 with honors and as a member of law review. Mr. Santiago also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from University of San Diego and a California CLAD teaching credential.
Berta A. Blen is an Associate with the Erickson Law Firm A.P.C. Ms. Blen earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, New Jersey, in 1992. Ms. Blen was a Notes and Comments Editor of the Rutgers Law Review. Her Note, To Hear or Not to Hear: A Legal Analysis of Subliminal Technology in the Arts, was published in 1992. Ms. Blen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Southern California.
Susan Gilmor has over fifteen years of experience representing public entity clients in the boardroom and the courtroom. She has counseled and advised education institutions on matters including discrimination and harassment, discipline and termination, misuse of public funds, inappropriate conduct with minors, conflicts of interest, Public Record Act request, and navigating the Brown Act. Ms. Gilmor has advised public entity Boards on matters that attract media exposure including environmental impact studies, use of public funds, property damage, and liability associated with school violence, bullying and gender issues. She has mediated, advised, litigated and settled cases for more than forty school districts throughout Southern California.
I have worked with Rex and found him to be very knowledgeable and very easy to work with. I give him an unqualified recommendation. -E. Paul Williams, Ret. Dean of Instruction and Liberal Arts, Victor Valley College