Jacob is the managing partner of Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC’s (“RLS”) Southern California practice. Additionally, Jacob heads the Labor Litigation Group where he oversees the firm’s representation of public employee associations and individual clients in various types of civil litigation to enforce their contractual and statutory rights. Jacob is also an experienced labor negotiator, having negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements to improve clients’ wages and working conditions. In addition, he represents employee organizations concerning day to day labor matters, including “meet and confers” and the prosecution of grievances. Regardless of the forum, Jacob’s work is characterized by his creativity, clarity of thought and excellent persuasive writing.
Many of Jacob’s litigation matters involve challenges to the actions of government agencies that impair employees’ rights to retirement benefits. For example, he represented an association of retired San Jose employees in a challenge of a ballot measure which curtailed retirement benefits, eventually negotiating a settlement guaranteeing their rights to cost of living adjustments and protecting against the depletion of their medical entitlements.
He is also accomplished in matters before the Board of Administration for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. In 2017, he obtained a favorable decision from an Administrative Law Judge which led to a settlement on behalf of a retiree who was challenging the reduction of his retirement allowance by CalPERS.
Frequently, Jacob is called upon to defend the rights of employees to the pay and benefits established in MOUs and statutes. In 2020, he obtained a judgment in favor of the Association for Los Angeles Deputies on behalf of members of the Special Enforcement Bureau requiring the County of Los Angeles to provide SEB members who perform explosive breaching duties with pay under the County Code. He also recently prevailed in binding arbitration in favor of the Redlands Police Officers’ Association regarding the interpretation of a longevity pay clause.
Jacob has also successfully prosecuted numerous writs of mandate on behalf of his clients setting aside discipline wrongfully imposed by employers. Notably, he represented the police officer in the published decision Pedro v. City of Los Angeles (2014) 229 Cal.App.4th 87, which broadened the applicability of the statute of limitations contained in the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act. Also in 2014, Jacob successfully defended an appeal of a Judgment he obtained setting aside the termination of a Los Angeles Police Department Officer for illegally selling a firearm.
Jacob is also experienced in matters regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act, representing several clients in enforcing their rights as described in the Ninth Circuit’s Decision in Flores v. City of San Gabriel.
Prior to joining RLS, Jacob worked for Silver, Hadden, Silver & Levine. Jacob is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California.
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• B.A., University of California, Davis
• J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law