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Morin I. Jacob

Partner, San Francisco

415.512.3000
mjacob@lcwlegal.com

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. 

orin also has extensive experience representing agencies in binding arbitrations and other discipline appeal hearings.  For example, she represents BART Police Department and handles some discipline cases involving peace officers, 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.

Representative Matters

Administrative Hearings

  • BART v. BART POA (2014) - Represented BART Police Department as first-chair in a final and binding arbitration proceeding. Successfully upheld the termination of a police officer who had been terminated by the police chief after the police officer was shown to have exhibited excessive use of force that led to the death of a BART rider.
  • BART v. BART POA (2013) - Represented BART Police Department as first-chair in a final and binding arbitration proceeding. Successfully upheld the termination of a police officer who had been terminated by the police chief after it was discovered he had been drinking while on duty, had recreationally used drugs with a neighbor, and was subsequently accused of rape by the neighbor the same evening he used drugs with her.

Amicus Briefs

  • Harris v. City of Santa Monica (2013) - Prepared an amicus brief on behalf of the League of California Cities and the CA State Association of Counties in support of the City of Santa Monica in Harris v. City of Santa Monica in which the California Supreme Court agreed with the City and our position that an employee claiming discrimination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) has the burden to prove that discrimination on the basis of a protected characteristic was a substantial motivating factor for an adverse employment action as opposed to "a motivating factor." In addition, if the employer proves, by a preponderance of the evidence, that it would have made the same employment decision in the absence of any discrimination, the employee is not entitled to receive damages, but may be entitled to other relief, including reasonable attorneys' fees.

Litigation

  • Wallace v. Stanislaus County (2013) - Represented the County in a wrongful termination jury trial and obtained a full defense verdict on two causes of action. Deputy Wallace, who had filed 15 workers' compensation claims while on duty, had a list of physical restrictions that were established by his doctor, and as a result was re-assigned to "lighter duty" as a bailiff. Wallace refused the re-assignment, and after saying that he did not agree with doctor's restrictions, asked for a different task. When his request was denied, he sued the County for failure to accommodate and engage in interactive process.
  • Lydia Lopez v. County of Stanislaus, Sheriff's Department, and Bill Pooley (2010) - This was a five week-long superior court jury trial.  The case originally involved seventeen causes of action.  After successfully defending most of the claims prior to trial, four causes of action went to the jury: sexual harassment, failure to engage in the interactive process (disability discrimination), failure to engage in the interactive process (disability discrimination) and retaliation.    A majority of jurors found in favor of the County of Stanislaus on all causes of action.  The first cause of action for sexual harassment was 9-3 in favor of the County and Pooley; the second cause of action for retaliation was 10-2 in favor of the County; the third cause of action for failure to provide reasonable accommodation was 10-2 in favor of the County; and the fourth cause of action for failure to engage in the interactive process was 11-1 in favor of the County.

Publications

Presentations

Education

  • Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government
  • JD, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • BA, California State University, Stanislaus
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