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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 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. Brandon recently worked on two successful labor arbitrations: (1) a discipline arbitration that upheld the termination of a peace officer who was dismissed for providing inaccurate information during his employment application process and (2) a grievance arbitration that broadened a public entity’s ability to assign work to meter readers beyond their assigned route which overturned a 20-plus year practice of allowing meter readers to leave work after completing their assigned route. 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 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. He is a member of the State Bar of California.


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