Meet The Team

John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Experience 2012 – Present Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP San Francisco, California of Counsel. 1995 – 2007 Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP San Francisco, California Managing Partner of the firm. 1991 – 1994 Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP Walnut Creek, California Managing Partner of the Walnut Creek office. 1985 – Present Laughlin, […]

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Paul Chrisman

Paul Chrisman

Paul Chrisman is Senior Counsel with Sloan Sakai Yeung & Wong LLP. Mr. Chrisman advises various public agencies, including transportation planning agencies, joint powers authorities, and special districts, as well as non-profit organizations and businesses.

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Steve Cikes

Steve Cikes

Mr. Cikes joined the firm in 2005. His practice is focused primarily on representing and advising public agencies and non-profit organizations on labor, employment and government law matters. He also represents the firm’s clients in affirmative, public interest litigation – including..

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Georgia Cochran

Georgia Cochran

Ms. Cochran is a human resources consultant with over 25 years of public sector human resources and labor relations experience.

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Bob Deis

Bob Deis

Mr. Deis, Senior Consultant, has spent 34 years in public service managing the finances of cities and counties in California, Oregon, and Washington. During his career, he managed a city with only 200 employees and a county with 5,000 employees.

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Ivan Delventhal

Ivan Delventhal

Mr. Delventhal advises cities, counties and other public entities on a range of labor, employment and government law matters. He regularly represents public entities in arbitration hearings involving appeals of disciplinary action and alleged contract violations and in proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board.

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Burke Dunphy

Burke Dunphy

Ms. Dunphy joined the firm in 2013, bringing her experience in labor/management relations, financial restructuring, and bankruptcy to our Labor Relations and Employment law practice.

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DeeAnne Gillick

DeeAnne Gillick

DeeAnne Gillick is Senior Counsel with Sloan Sakai Yeung & Wong LLP. Ms. Gillick advises various public agencies, including transportation planning agencies, joint powers authorities, local agency formation commissions, councils of government

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Mark Gregersen

Mark Gregersen

EXPERIENCE Mr. Gregersen recently rejoined the firm in June 2018 after serving a term as a Member and Chair of the California Public Employment Relations Board.

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Howard Jordan

Howard Jordan

Mr. Jordan is a licensed private investigator at Jordan Consulting and Investigations, a self-established company that offers an array of services, including law enforcement consultations, legal services, investigations, and background investigations.

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Scott Kenley

Scott Kenley

Mr. Kenley provides expert consulting services in the areas of labor relations and Fire Service Management. His experience includes labor relations, contract negotiations, training, and strategic and organizational planning in the delivery of fire and life safety services. He has testified as a fire management and operations expert in arbitration proceedings.

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Janice Koch

Janice Koch

Ms. Koch has over 24 years of Human Resources related experience both as a public agency employee and as a consultant. Her experience includes classification and compensation studies, recruitment, labor relations support, training, grievance resolution, employee disciplinary procedures, and organizational planning.

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Bonnie Kolesar

Bonnie Kolesar

Experience Bonnie Kolesar passionately approaches the management of risk as opportunity and seeks to help an organization achieve its goals and objectives using realistic approaches. She is known for her big-picture thinking, positive energy and her ability to build a world-class program from scratch. She successfully brings programs up to par with new and revised […]

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Christiane E. Layton

Christiane E. Layton

Christiane E. Layton is Senior Counsel with Sloan Sakai Yeung & Wong LLP. Ms. Layton represents and counsels a variety of public agencies, including transportation agencies, joint powers authorities, councils of government, and special districts, as well as non-profit organizations receiving governmental funding.

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Peter Y. Lee

Peter Y. Lee

Peter Y. Lee joined Sloan Sakai Yeung & Wong LLP in 2018 after serving as a University of California Office of the President’s Legal Fellow at the UC Davis Employee and Labor Relations Department.

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Jim Libien

Jim Libien

Experience Jim Libien has specialized in workers’ compensation throughout his entire career and has represented both public and private employers and insurance carriers before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board for 38 years. He was the California State Bar’s 2008 Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorney of the Year, is past president of the California Workers’ Compensation Defense […]

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Sherry Lin

Sherry Lin

Experience Ms. Lin is a labor and employment law attorney with experience in employment counseling, workplace investigations, labor law, and employment litigation. Ms. Lin counsels employers on state and federal leave laws, disability accommodations, FLSA compliance, employee discipline, and other employment law matters. Ms. Lin defends employers  in discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and ERISA litigation. […]

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Michael McDougall

Michael McDougall

Mr. McDougall provides consulting services in all areas of human resources, labor relations, public safety communications, and joint powers authority (JPA) operational governance and design. He possesses over 35 years of local government executive experience and has held positions including founding Chief Executive Officer of a JPA, Director of a County operating department and as a County Human Resources Director.

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Nancy Miller

Nancy Miller

Ms. Miller has over 30 years of experience in providing legal services to numerous public agency and private clients, including cities, counties, local agency formation commissions (LAFCo), special districts, joint powers authorities, transportation commissions, and councils of governments.

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Madeline E. Miller

Madeline E. Miller

Madeline E. Miller is Senior Counsel with Sloan Sakai Yeung & Wong LLP. Ms. Miller’s practice involves representation of public agencies, primarily in civil litigation.

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Osman Mufti

Osman Mufti

Osman I. Mufti is Senior Counsel with Sloan Sakai Yeung & Wong LLP. Mr Mufti represents and advises public agencies, joint powers authorities, special districts and local agency formation commissions.

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Genevieve Ng

Genevieve Ng

A graduate of the University of Santa Clara Law School, Ms. Ng brings to the firm and its clients experience in labor law, labor relations and human resources.

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Judith Propp

Judith Propp

Ms. Propp joined the firm’s legal team after many years working “in-house” for California public agencies.  Her practice focuses on representing and advising nonprofits and public agencies on a wide range of governmental law issues including land use, real property, public contracts and bidding, public records requests, and open meeting law matters.

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Geoffrey Rothman

Geoffrey Rothman

Experience Mr. Rothman provides expert consulting services in the areas of human resources and labor relations. His experience includes labor relations and contract negotiations, classification, compensation, personnel assessment, employee benefits, employment discrimination, training, and strategic and organizational planning. He has testified as a human resources expert and in numerous fact finding and arbitration proceedings. Some […]

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Wendy Rouder

Wendy Rouder

A seasoned investigator, employment lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator, Wendy Rouder joined the firm in 2012. While her practice focuses on complex workplace investigations, Ms. Rouder brings years of employment and litigation experience to her investigations.

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Charles Sakai

Charles Sakai

Charles Sakai is a founding partner of the firm. He practices in the areas of employment and labor law, focusing on traditional labor relations, including unit determinations and modifications, representation and decertification elections, collective bargaining, interest arbitrations, contract grievances and rights arbitration, and unfair labor practice charges.

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Justin Otto Sceva

Justin Otto Sceva

Experience Mr. Sceva, one of Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai’s founding associates, rejoined the firm’s legal team after a number of years working “in house” for California public agencies. His practice focuses on representing and advising public agencies on labor and employment matters, with an emphasis on traditional labor relations, including contract interpretation, collective bargaining, interest […]

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Steve Shaw

Steve Shaw

Mr. Shaw joined the firm 2006 and represents public agencies and nonprofit organizations in a variety of labor and employment matters, with a particular emphasis on litigation and public safety (police and fire) cases.

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Jeff Sloan

Jeff Sloan

Jeff Sloan, a founding partner of the firm, is a labor and employment lawyer with almost 40 years of experience representing public sector and nonprofit clients. His work spans collective bargaining negotiations, investigations, arbitrations, writ and appellate litigation, personnel and disciplinary matters, training, and matters...

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Neil Telford

Neil Telford

Mr. Telford is a licensed private investigator and operates Telford Consulting and Investigations that offers services in management consulting and investigations specializing in law enforcement.

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Don Turko

Don Turko

Experience Mr. Turko is a human resources consultant with over 41 years of combined public sector labor relations and human resources experience.  He works with our public sector clients on a variety of human resources including: labor and employee relations labor contract negotiations workforce strategic planning employee performance management human resource and labor relations policy […]

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Dania Torres Wong

Dania Torres Wong

Ms. Torres Wong practices labor and employment law on behalf of public sector and nonprofit employers. Her practice focuses on traditional labor relations, including collective bargaining, investigations, training and strategic preventative counseling.

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Tim Yeung

Tim Yeung

Mr. Yeung’s practice involves all areas of labor and employment law, with a particular emphasis on litigation. He has defended private and public sector employers in numerous lawsuits involving claims of discrimination and harassment...

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Susan Yoon

Susan Yoon

Susan Yoon joined the firm in 2015 after serving as a Civil Rights fellow at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, where she focused on discrimination, harassment, and retaliation issues in the employment and housing context.

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Bill Zenoni

Bill Zenoni

Experience Mr. Zenoni has more than 34 years of experience working in the public sector, primarily in the areas of finance, budgeting, fiscal analysis, and organizational management. As a consultant with the firm, Mr. Zenoni works with our public agency clients on budget balancing, financial forecasting, long range financial planning, and developing effective financial policies […]

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