Gregory J. Dannis

San Francisco

Gregory J. Dannis is a Shareholder in the San Francisco office, President of Dannis Woliver Kelley, and a member of the Labor, Employment and Personnel (LEAP) Practice Group. He is also serving in his third term as a Board member of the Hillsborough City School District.

Greg has expertise in all aspects of public sector employer/employee relations and is experienced in the full range of personnel-related issues, including hiring and termination, effective evaluation practices, and documentation of employee performance. He has represented districts in numerous administrative hearings as well as in state and federal courts. Greg also has more than 33 years experience in collective bargaining, including negotiating hundreds of agreements for certificated and classified employees throughout California. He was among the first group of employer representatives to be trained in the CTA/Management Model of Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB). He has trained approximately 100 districts in California, and utilizes the IBB process where it has been mutually embraced, and interest-based principles and techniques even at so-called “traditional” bargaining tables. As the creator of the “Core Values” approach to negotiations, Greg has helped many districts focus on their primary educational mission even in times of fiscal crisis. He is also experienced in coping with employee concerted activities and has been called into districts to manage and ultimately resolve the fundamental differences between unions and employers which lead to these events. Greg has extensive experience in all aspects of personnel practice, from certificated and classified employee evaluation, dismissal and discipline, to the varied categories of discrimination, such as Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act. He regularly advises governing boards regarding their rights, duties and responsibilities under the Brown Act, the Public Records Act and other laws regulating the business of doing the public’s business in the schools. Greg has provided in-services statewide and to individual boards on how to meet the ever-changing requirements of the Brown Act in a manner which allows a board to conduct meetings efficiently and effectively. He has also assisted boards on matters such as board member duties and obligations, individual board member rights and responsibilities, and has been asked to assist in situations in which internal board relationships were at risk.

Greg is a regular and prominent speaker at the annual California School Boards Association (CSBA) Conference each December, as well as at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). He has authored numerous articles and has been published extensively in the California Public Employee Relations Journal (CPER) including How to Negotiate Using Core Values, The Evolution of a Negotiator, Public School Negotiations: After the Gold Rush, The Negotiator: Like a Rolling Stone, and Labor’s Lessons. Greg was named one of the Best Lawyers in the Bay Area, Bay Area Magazine, Vol. I, Issue I and was honored with the 2014 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award in Education Law.

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