Attorney at Law
Primary Office: Pleasant Hill
• B.A., University of California, Davis
• J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Zachery Lopes is an associate with the firm’s Collective Bargaining and Litigation Practice Groups. He also represents clients in legal defense matters and officer-involved critical incidents.
Zach dedicates his legal practice to the representation of labor associations and their members, enforcing and advancing the rights of both. He 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. Zach also represents labor associations in administrative litigation including contractual arbitration and cases before the California Public Employee Relations Board (“PERB”), including a recent successful prosecution of an unfair labor practice charge before PERB holding an employer accountable for unlawfully retaliating against a labor association president. (WVMPOA v. West Valley Mission Community College Dist. (2017) PERB Dec. No. HO-U-1550.)
Zach litigates civil cases in superior and federal courts throughout California 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 recently 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.)
Zach has authored appellate court briefs to the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, California Supreme Court, and various state courts of appeal, and has published numerous articles on various matters relating to collective bargaining and peace officer rights in publications such as PORAC News, American Police Beat, and PublicSecAlliance.
Zach received his law degree with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and was admitted membership into the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society. He earned his bachelor of arts from the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and philosophy.
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