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Brandon W. Halter

Brandon W. HalterAssociateDownload PDFvCard510.808.2000


Brandon W. Halter is an accomplished litigation attorney with extensive experience representing public clients in complex civil litigation in both state and federal courts, as well as alternative fora such as arbitration and regulatory/ administrative proceedings. Brandon focuses on substantive areas of vital importance to public entities, including employment disputes, peace officer defense, and tort/ contract litigation.

Brandon’s employment law experience includes defending against discrimination and harassment claims, and asserting claims against former employees accused of violating obligations to their former employer. He also counsels public employers regarding employment issues ranging from wage and hour compliance to anti-discrimination statutes, and conducts workplace investigations into allegations of potential misconduct in a number of different settings.

In the peace officer defense setting, Brandon has represented several public entities against civil rights claims arising from allegations regarding peace officer misconduct, and helped achieve a number of successful outcomes through a strategic approach to discovery and motion practice.

Brandon also advises clients in connection with proceedings before a number of different regulatory and administrative entities, including the Department of Labor, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Public Employment Relations Board, and the Division of Oil , Gas, and Geothermal Resources. He also has significant experience in proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission, where he has repeatedly counseled his clients to successful outcomes despite the difficulties presented by substantial resource advantages on the part of large institutional opponents.

Brandon earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and is admitted to practice in state courts in California and New York, as well as U.S. District Courts in the Northern and Eastern Districts of California.


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