Zachery A. Lopes is a senior associate with the Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC (“RLS”) Collective Bargaining and Litigation Practice Groups. He also represents clients in legal defense matters and officer-involved critical incidents.
Zachery represents the firm’s labor association clients in all matters of collective bargaining such as contract negotiations, grievances, and advising on internal governance issues and individual employee rights. Zachery has successfully represented numerous labor association clients in administrative litigation including contractual arbitration and unfair labor practice charges before the California Public Employee Relations Board (“PERB”).
Zachery litigates civil cases in superior and federal courts throughout California, with emphasis on matters concerning the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, Public Safety Officers’ Procedural Bill of Rights Act, public employee pension rights and various issues arising under the United States and California Constitutions. He has overturned administrative discipline and compelled public entity compliance with the law through petitions for writs of mandate. He has also successfully defended peace officers accused of civil rights violations in federal court, a noteworthy example being a published case by the Ninth Circuit exonerating a peace officer from excessive force allegations. (Yvette Felarca, et al. v. Robert J. Birgeneau, et al. (2018 9th Cir.) 891 F.3d 809.)
Zachery received his law degree with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and his bachelor of arts from the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and philosophy.
He is admitted to practice law in all California state courts, the Northern and Central United States District Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
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• B.A., University of California, Davis
• J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law