Morin Jacob is the Managing Partner of the firm's San Francisco office, and is a seasoned litigator who handles all facets of defense-side employment litigation, from pre-litigation through jury trial and appeal. Morin represents Liebert Cassidy Whitmore clients on all labor and employment law, primarily working with Public Safety Departments, and also representing Cities, Counties, and Special Districts.
Morin is one of the firm's top litigators. Morin has first-chaired jury trials and successfully secured defense verdicts on behalf of her clients, even after appeal. Her jury trial experience includes defending against claims of disability discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and whistleblower allegations. Morin has also successfully secured wins on summary judgment motions, motions to dismiss, motions for judgment on the pleadings, and demurrers. In addition to trials and arbitrations, she represents clients in administrative proceedings, including before the DFEH, EEOC, DLSE, PERB, and EDD.
Morin handles high-profile litigation matters, defending lawsuits brought by heads of agencies such as County Administrative Officers, heads of departments, such as Finance Directors, and in-house attorneys such as Deputy District Attorneys and Deputy County Counsel. Morin has also represented agencies and high-profile individual defendants in litigation, such as elected Board and City Council members, Fire Chiefs, Sheriffs, County Counsel, Controllers, and Police Chiefs. Morin even served as a lead attorney on litigation for the Office of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Prior to becoming the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office, Morin served as the Chairperson of the firm's statewide Public Safety Practice Group which provides litigation and advice and counsel services to police and fire agencies throughout California. As a public safety lawyer, Morin represents 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. 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 workplace 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 served as 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."