Jonathan A. Pearl is a Shareholder in the San Diego office and is the Chairperson of the Labor, Employment, and Personnel (LEAP) practice group. He counsels and represents public school and community college district clients in employment matters related to best practices for hiring, remediation, progressive discipline, harassment/discrimination prevention, accommodation issues, technology-in-the-workplace concerns and board policy/procedure development. He is a well-known trainer on sexual harassment prevention, documentation, employee remediation and discipline. Jon also serves education clients in all aspects of labor relations including certificated and classified labor contract negotiations and contract administration. He represents clients in arbitrations and PERB proceedings and has trained governing boards, district bargaining teams and union bargaining teams on negotiations techniques including Interest Based Bargaining. Jon is also a member of the firm’s Students and Special Education Group, and represents school districts in student matters involving discipline, constitutional issues, pupil records, residency and technology issues.
He is a frequent presenter at Dannis Woliver Kelley seminars, including the firm’s Education, Labor and Employment Law (Ed Lab) Series, and state and regional CSBA, CASBO and ACSA conferences on topics including “Principled Ethical Negotiations,” “Collective Bargaining 101,” “New Negotiations for the New Decade,” “Bargaining Benefits,” “HR Adventures in Cyberspace,” “Students’ Constitutional Rights in Cyberspace,” and “Student Discipline Hearings, How Much Due Process is Due.” Having worked closely with governing boards, superintendents and administrators, Jon believes that ongoing and interactive training greatly enhances educators’ abilities to effectively address the dynamic legal issues that impact schools each day. Before joining Dannis Woliver Kelley in 2001, Jon practiced education, labor and employment law for public and private sector clients in Chicago.