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Girard, Edwards, Stevens & Tucker has significant experience advising schools, public agencies, and their boards regarding any number of legal challenges and obstacles.  Our focus on practical, timely advice allows our clients to focus on their missions to achieve their goals.  GEST’s personal relationships with clients will provide the confidence necessary to address issues including, but not limited to, the following examples:

  • The Brown Act (open meeting) laws
  • Potential conflicts of interest
  • Drafting and providing advise regrading professional service contracts and agreements
  • Drafting and reviewing policies and administrative regulations
  • Guiding agencies through election law and other political activity issues
  • Negotiating and drafting settlement agreements
  • Public bidding requirements, drafting bidding and purchasing procedures, resolving bid protests, drafting bid documents and awarding contracts
  • Construction disputes and litigation
  • Representing clients at hearings before arbitrators and in unfair labor practice claims before the Public Employment Relations Board
  • Employee discipline and dismissal matters
  • Responding to requests from the Office of Civil Rights, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Discrimination, harassment and whistleblower claims
  • Employee leaves, wage and hour laws
  • Negotiating and applying collective bargaining agreements
  • Addressing grievances, from informal complaints through arbitration
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