Timothy K. Talbot is a principal at Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC (“RLS”) and manages the firm’s Sacramento office. Tim is a member of the Collective Bargaining Practice Group and manages the Labor Litigation Group where he oversees the firm’s representation of public and private sector employee associations and individual clients in litigation. Tim has practiced labor law for more than 25 years. He specializes in representing and advising labor organizations in all aspects of traditional labor relations, including contract negotiations, grievances, unfair labor practices, bargaining unit certifications and modifications, mediation, and arbitration. Tim has served as chief negotiator for hundreds of public and private sector collective bargaining agreements. In addition, Tim has extensive experience litigating public employee pension and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) matters. Tim also represents individual peace officers, firefighters, paramedics and other employees in disciplinary matters, internal affairs investigations, critical incidents, Department of Energy security clearance investigations and hearings, and professional licensure matters. Tim has successfully represented clients in hundreds of arbitrations, administrative hearings, state and federal court cases and appellate proceedings resulting in published opinions. Tim has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in the California Super Lawyers list.
Tim has an incredible breadth and depth of experience and a stellar reputation for his analytical mind dissecting complicated legal matters. Tim frequently teaches classes on various labor law issues including but not limited to: collective bargaining, the Public Safety Officers’ Procedural Bill of Rights Act, the Firefighters’ Procedural Bill of Rights Act, public employee pension issues, trends in labor relations and arbitrations and internal labor union governance issues. Tim has served as the featured presenter for many organizations including the Police Officers’ Research Association of California (PORAC) and Working Assembly of Government Employees (WAGE).
Before joining RLS, Tim was the principal shareholder of the Talbot Law Group where he successfully represented public and private sector labor organizations and employees throughout the country. Tim was a partner with the San Francisco based law firm of Carroll, Burdick and McDonough. Prior to becoming an attorney, Tim was a firefighter and paramedic with the City of Stockton.
Tim graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Sacramento and earned his law degree with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Tim is admitted to practice in all California state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Central and Northern Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
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• B.A., California State University, Sacramento
• J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law