Marie A. Nakamura is the Managing Shareholder of the Sacramento Office. She represents school districts and county offices of education in employment and labor law, school board governance, as well as general education law. Marie has represented districts in multiple unfair labor practice charges before the Public Employment Relations Board, in labor negotiations, in tenured teacher discipline and dismissal hearings, as well as classified and certified reduction in force. She also advises school boards and superintendents on procedural matters, governance issues including Brown Act, and has represented school boards in response to county civil grand juries. In addition Marie provides preventative training in sexual harassment, Brown Act, and board ethics.
With prior experience as a neutral Regional Attorney with the State of California Public Employment Relations Board, Marie brings a unique perspective to her practice. While there, she investigated unfair labor practices, injunctive relief request, and represented the agency in Superior and Appellate Courts. This experience helps Marie find the most effective methods to help her clients, while understanding the different viewpoints involved. She has also served as Deputy County Counsel for Solano County.
Marie was an active member of the State Bar’s Labor and Employment Section committee and was also an advisor and Treasurer for the organization. During her time on the State Bar’s Labor and Employment Section committee she chaired and planned the annual California State Bar’s Annual Public Sector Labor Law Conference.
Marie has spoken at the California State Bar’s Annual Public Sector Labor Law Conference, the Administrative Office of the Courts’ Labor Academy, California State University Fresno’s Masters in Personnel Administration, California School Boards Association’s Brown Act Training, California School Boards Association Annual Education Conference, the Association of California School Administrators conferences, and Aspiring Administrator programs. Marie is active in the McGeorge School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, and was the key note speaker at the law school’s annual Diversity Dinner, and graduating student luncheon.
Before joining DWK, Marie was a Shareholder at her former law firm, where she actively participated in firm management on the Board of Directors and as the Education Practice Group Manager.