Elizabeth Silver Tourgeman is a partner at Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC (“RLS”) and chairs the firm’s Collective Bargaining Practice Group. Elizabeth has been practicing law since 1997 following her graduation summa cum laude from Southwestern University School of Law, where she was in the top 1% of her class, won a number of awards and served as Associate Editor of the Southwestern Law Review.
At RLS, Elizabeth conducts labor negotiations and prosecutes litigation to enforce and protect the rights of police officers and firefighters. Prior to joining RLS, Elizabeth served as general counsel for the Los Angeles Police Protective League. Her litigation has resulted in expanded rights for public safety employees, including her reported victories in Los Angeles Police Protective League v. City of Los Angeles (2002) 102 Cal. App. 4th 85 and Brown v. City of Los Angeles (2002) 102 Cal. App. 4th 155. She has been selected as an expert regarding the interpretation of Brady v. Maryland by the Peace Officers Research Association or California Legal Defense Fund (PORAC LDF) and has testified in a disciplinary proceeding in that capacity. Elizabeth was instrumental in filing litigation requiring implementation by the District Attorney of proper Brady policies in the counties of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara (Los Angeles Police Protective League v. Gil Garcetti, LASC Case No. BC 240300 and Santa Barbara Deputy Sheriffs’ Association v. Thomas W. Sneddon, SBCSC Case No. 01093039) and in negotiating such policies in San Bernardino and Ventura counties.
Elizabeth’s undergraduate education was at University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Los Angeles, where she graduated magna cum laude, received the Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Honor Society Achievement Scholarship and was on the Dean’s List.
Elizabeth has been selected by her peers to be among the Rising Stars featured in Southern California Super Lawyers for the years of 2005, 2006 and 2007. She is licensed to practice in all State courts in California and the United States District Court, Central District.
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• B.S., California State University, Los Angeles
• J.D., Southwestern School of Law, Los Angeles