University of California, Santa Barbara (BA – Law and Society)
University of San Francisco School of Law, JD (1999)
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California
State of California
Todd Simonson is a partner of Sacks, Ricketts & Case LLP. Todd represents public and private sector management in all areas of labor and employment law, with an emphasis on matters involving public safety employees. In his more than 15 years of practice, he has successfully defended employers against high-profile discrimination and harassment litigation, prevailed in numerous arbitrations and administrative appeals upholding serious disciplinary action, and enforced management rights through effective collective bargaining.
Todd has more than 20 years in internal investigative experience. Todd regularly conducts complex workplace investigations on behalf of public and private sector clients, including investigations of high-ranking public officials. Todd also provides daily advice and counsel to clients about litigation avoidance, implementing disciplinary actions, collective bargaining issues, and the California Public Safety Officers’ and Firefighters’ Procedural Bill of Rights Acts.
Todd was recently added to the panels of approved employment defense attorneys and investigators for the Employment Risk Management Authority (ERMA). ERMA is California’s first and foremost risk management authority created exclusively for public entities and includes more than 160 member agencies throughout the state. As an experienced workplace investigator and litigator, Todd is particularly suited to serve the needs of public sector clients and welcomes the opportunity to discuss employment-related matters with authorized representatives of ERMA agencies.
Todd is a sought-after trainer and presents seminars for employers and employees regarding a wide range of subjects, including: mitigation of liability risks; successful hiring practices; retirement issues; implementing and sustaining disciplinary actions; conducting defensible workplace investigations; and preventing discrimination, harassment, and retaliation (AB 125) training.
Prior to joining Sacks, Ricketts & Case LLP, Todd focused his practice at well-regarded local and national labor and employment firms and was a criminal prosecutor—trying several cases to jury verdict. He earned his law degree while working full-time as a police officer for the City of Oakland.
- Conducted over 100 workplace investigations for public and private sector clients, including investigations of high-ranking public officials, involving claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, bullying, theft, mandatory reporting of child abuse, and other allegations of misconduct.
- Successful representation of city in binding arbitration against firefighters’ union involving interpretation of collective bargaining agreement.
- Successful representation of city in binding arbitration involving grievance of demotion of police sergeant.
- Successful representation of city in litigation involving claims of racial harassment and discrimination lawsuit by two police officers.
- Successful representation of city parking corporation in litigation involving wrongful termination lawsuit by employee.
- Successful representation of city in binding arbitration involving grievance of termination of police officer.
- Successful representation of county in binding arbitration involving termination of correctional officer.
- Successful representation of city in binding arbitration involving demotion of police lieutenant.
- Collective bargaining for municipalities against public safety and miscellaneous bargaining units.
- County of Sonoma v. Superior Court (2009) 173 Cal. App. 4th 322 [declaring unconstitutional a statutory scheme (Cal. Code Civ. Proc. §§ 1299 et seq) which allowed for compulsory binding interest arbitration to public safety employees.]
- “Messages on Government Officials’ Personal Devices and Private Accounts Not Subject to California Public Records Act,” The National Law Review, March 31, 2014, available at http://www.natlawreview.com/article/messages-government-officials-personal-devices-and-private-accounts-not-subject-to-c.
- “L.A. County must provide non-union employees’ home addresses, phone numbers to union, California Supreme Court rules,” Jackson Lewis Alert, June 4, 2013, available at http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=5fab16d9-5baa-4f54-b9de-60ecffca7e35.
- “Private attorneys from same firm cannot be public entity’s advisor and advocate in single matter, California court rules,” Jackson Lewis Alert, April 17, 2013, available at http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=5f73c9e3-5b8e-4d36-83b7-6910b2c40543.
- “California on the verge of pension reform,” Jackson Lewis Alert, August 30, 2012, available at http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=d19e4b9e-a342-475d-a2ab-3c1f73c8d529.
- “What You Need to Know About Regionalizing Public Safety Responsibilities,” Western City Magazine, October 2010.
- “Sun, Surf and …Tasers,” The Police Chief Magazine, June 2010.
- “New Judicial Standards for Deployment of Tasers,” Campus Safety Magazine, February 2010.
- Internal Investigations Training, Tucson Police Department, June 2016
- POBR/FBOR: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, California State Bar Annual Public Sector Labor and Employment Law Conference, April 2016
- Video Evidence: What Your Agency Needs to Know, ERMA Annual Conference, February 2016
- Tools for Law Enforcement Supervisors to Mitigate Employment Liability Risks, Redwood City (2015) and Mountain View (2016)
- Sacks, Ricketts & Case Annual Employment Law Breakfast Briefings, 2015 and 2016
- It’s All About the Settlement: Current Issues In Drafting Settlement Agreements, California State Bar Annual Public Sector Labor and Employment Law Conference, April 2015
- Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law, Alameda County Police Commanders’ Annual Workshop, February 2015
- To Term Or Not To Term? That Is The Question, You Be The Judge, CalPELRA Annual Conference, November 2013
- Top Ten Ways to Bungle a Personnel Investigation, CalPELRA Annual Conference, November 2013
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Northern District of California
- United States District Court for the Central District of California
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
- State of California
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of California
- Marin County Bicycle Coalition