Labor and Collective Bargaining
A collective bargaining agreement is a legally binding document that defines many of the terms and conditions of the employee/employer relationship and can impact 80-85% of a district’s budget. Our attorneys have extensive experience in representing our clients in collective bargaining and advising and defending against grievances and unfair practice charges.
Management and Employment
A substantial part of our practice is advising our clients on management and employment issues, including employee discipline, hiring, layoffs and non-renewals, discrimination and harassment investigation and prevention, entitlement to leaves, reasonable accommodations and the interactive process.
Governance and General Business Law
The attorneys at Erickson Law Firm routinely advise our clients on issues relating to the Brown Act, public records requests, conflicts of interest, budget and funding requirements, and responses to tort and contract claims. We also review and draft employment and service agreements, vendor contracts, cooperative agreements with other public entities, sponsorship agreements, and construction and facility contracts. Our attorneys further have experience litigating administrative and lawsuits through hearing, trial, and appeal.
As counsel for schools and community colleges, we advise and represent our clients in all matters of student issues, including confidentiality and FERPA, student discipline and expulsion, special education issues, interdistrict transfers, student rights, and student complaints and grievances.
Facilities and Construction
Erickson Law Firm A.P.C. has provided advice to school and college districts regarding all aspects of the bidding and procurement process. The firm routinely provides guidance and advice to districts regarding the purchase of goods, services and property, bid protests, and the purchase, lease, sale and transfer of real property. We also have extensive experience reviewing and drafting all types of construction agreements, including the traditional design-bid-build agreements, the multi-purpose agreement, the construction management at risk agreement, the design-build agreement, and the lease-leaseback agreement.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the merger of McDougal Love Boehmer Foley Lyon & Mitchell and Erickson Law Firm. The merger of the two legal practices will become effective January 1, 2023. The new law firm, McDougal Boehmer Foley Lyon Mitchell & Erickson, will consist of fifteen attorneys and seven staff members.
McDougal Love Boehmer Foley Lyon & Mitchell was founded in San Diego County in 1946 and since that time has represented cities and special districts in San Diego County longer than any other local firm. Key practice areas include municipal and special district law, litigation, labor and employment, municipal finance, family, estate planning, and business and corporate law. Five former firm members have been appointed to the judicial bench. Currently, McDougal Love Boehmer Foley Lyon & Mitchell represents the cities of El Cajon and Imperial Beach as city attorneys; the Lakeside Fire Protection District, Ramona Municipal Water District, and San Diego Convention Center Corporation as general counsel; and a number of other special districts in California. Additionally, the firm provides special counsel services to many public entities, including but not limited to the County of San Diego and North County Transit District. The firm has numerous private clients throughout California.
Rex Randall Erickson, the owner and principal of Erickson Law Firm, started his career at the McDougal law firm thirty years ago, where he practiced for eight years. After leaving the McDougal law firm, Mr. Erickson joined Zampi & Associates in late 1999, which then became Zampi, Determan & Erickson, and then the Erickson Law Firm. For the past twenty-two years, Mr. Erickson and his law firms have represented California school districts, charter schools, community college districts, and California State University auxiliary organizations in all aspects of public school and education law, employment and employer-employee relations law, collective bargaining, and discrimination complaints. Currently, the Erickson Law Firm represents twenty-five community college districts, eighteen K-12 school districts, seven charter schools, and six CSU auxiliary organizations.
The combined practice will bring together a compilation of more than 100 years of public law experience. The key practice areas will include municipal law, education law, litigation, labor and employment law, collective bargaining/negotiations, family law, estate planning, probate and trust
administration, and business and corporate law.
The merger combines two extraordinary law firms with complementary strengths that together escalate the blended practice to a higher level of service to accommodate our clients’ needs. With
the combined departments and specialties, the merged law firm will be able to offer additional services that were not available separately.
This is a very exciting occasion for both firms, our staff, as well as our existing and future clients. We pride ourselves in the quality of our attorneys, the quality of our work product, and the quality of our service. You can expect from the combined firm a shared commitment to the same responsiveness, high-quality of service, and the same team that you have come to know and rely
Beginning January 1, 2023, we can be reached at:
McDougal Boehmer Foley Lyon Mitchell & Erickson
8100 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 200
La Mesa, California 91942
Phone: (619) 440-4444 or (619) 231-9920
I have worked with Rex and found him to be very knowledgeable and very easy to work with. I give him an unqualified recommendation. -E. Paul Williams, Ret. Dean of Instruction and Liberal Arts, Victor Valley College