Mr. Sceva, one of Sloan 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 arbitrations, contract grievances and rights arbitration, unfair labor practice charges, discipline and investigations and representing employers in administrative proceedings. He also has significant experience dealing with pension and retiree medical vesting issues for public employers.
During law school, Mr. Sceva externed for both Magistrate Judge Patricia V. Trumbull in the United States District Court for the District of Northern California and Justice James Lambden of the California Court of Appeal (First Division, Section Two). After graduation he worked for a number of years as an attorney in private practice representing public sector clients, during which time he made multiple public presentations on labor law topics at firm symposia and California Public Employers Labor Relations Association Conferences. In 2004, he co-authored along with Charles Sakai the article “Modifying Post-Retirement Health Benefits of Current Public Sector Employees: A Primer on Employers’ Legal Rights and Responsibilities,” published in the June 2004 volume of Bender’s California Labor and Employment Law Bulletin.
Most recently, Mr. Sceva worked “in-house” at local California public agencies for six years, first for two years as a Deputy County Counsel for the County of Alameda and then for four as Senior Labor Relations Analyst for the Alameda County Medical Center (now Alameda Health System). In both roles, he gained extensive and valuable experience with the real world issues and difficulties facing California’s public employers, and the practical issues related to maintaining labor peace in the current challenging financial climate.