Morin Jacob is the Chairperson of the firm's statewide Public Safety Practice Group which provides legal services to police and fire agencies throughout California. Morin is a seasoned litigator who counsels and represents Liebert Cassidy Whitmore clients on all labor and employment law, primarily working with public safety agencies, and also representing Cities, Counties, and Special Districts.
Morin handles all facets of defense-side employment litigation, from pre-litigation through trial and appeal. Morin has first-chaired jury trials and successfully secured defense verdicts on behalf of her clients. Her jury trial experience includes defending against claims of disability discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and whistleblower allegations. Most recently, Morin first-chaired a five week jury trial for the County of Stanislaus Sheriff's Department and secured a complete defense verdict on all causes of action. Morin also served as a lead attorney on litigation for the Office of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Morin also has extensive experience representing agencies in binding arbitrations and other discipline appeal hearings. For example, she serves as lead counsel for the BART Police Department and handles their serious discipline cases, even having secured the termination of a peace officer who was involved in the Oscar Grant shooting. In addition to trials and arbitrations, she represents clients in other administrative proceedings, including before the DFEH, EEOC and EDD.
Morin also has extensive experience in advising on, and conducting, internal affairs investigations and other workplace investigations. She has conducted internal affairs investigations for police agencies, and has investigated high-level employees and elected/appointed officials for allegations such as harassment, discrimination, embezzlement, and negligence in carrying out their duties. Morin has also testified as a witness in legal proceedings, defending her investigations.
Morin also has experience in labor relations and negotiations on behalf of public sector agencies. She represents local police and fire agencies in labor negotiations with employee unions, and also handles litigation in court and at PERB arising out of labor relations disputes.
Morin is regularly selected to present at statewide public safety and public sector conferences, including but not limited to: California Police Chiefs', California Special Districts Association, CalPELRA, California County Counsels' Association, and the League of California Cities. Morin also conducts management training programs for LCW's clients on a variety of employment law issues, including POBR and FBOR, discipline and termination, counseling and performance evaluation, leave issues, wage and hour issues, and harassment prevention.
Morin also contributes time to activities designed to influence public policy on police, fire, and labor and employment issues. In 2014, Morin was selected through a competitive process to attend the Senior Executives in State and Local Government course offered by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (Executive Education), where she studied cutting edge issues involving public safety, state and local government. She is sought out by police and fire agencies to consult about challenges facing said agencies, she has also authored amicus briefs, published numerous articles, has been a contributing author to the firm's California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog since its inception, and has been interviewed and quoted by publications on employment law matters, including Newsweek. Morin has also served as a member of the League of California Cities Employee Relations Committee. Additionally, from 2000-2006 Morin served as a lecturer at the California State University, Stanislaus where she taught a pre-law course entitled "Women in American Law."
In her leisure time, Morin enjoys playing tennis, hiking, listening to live music, traveling, and spending time with her family, including her five nieces and nephews.