Jesse Lad


Jesse Lad works on the defense of cases involving labor and employment issues, including claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour matters, and wrongful discharge. In addition, he advises public sector clients regarding a wide variety of labor and employment matters arising under federal and state law, including sexual harassment, discrimination, medical leave rights, labor relations, collective bargaining, discipline and employee privacy issues. Jesse serves as lead employment law advice counsel and chief labor negotiator for a number of cities and special districts in Northern California and regularly represents public agencies in arbitrations and administration hearings.

Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Jesse worked for a Sacramento firm where his practice primarily focused on defending harassment and discrimination claims for private and public employers. He also counseled employers regarding personnel issues and drafted employment policies and procedures. While in law school, Jesse was an intern with the National Labor Relations Board and Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, “Employee Discipline 101: Avoiding Common Pitfalls In The Process Of Taking Corrective Action,” California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) Annual Training Conference, 2014
  • Speaker, “Interplay Of Key Leave Laws: Navigating ADA, FMLA, FEHA, And Workers’ Compensation Law,” CALPELRA Annual Training Conference; 2013, 2014
  • Speaker, “The Facts About Factfinding – Developing Practice Under AB646,” Meyers Nave Webinar, 2013
  • Speaker, "Scooby Doo - Where Are You? Navigating Leaves of Absence," PELRAC Annual Conference, 2012
  • Speaker, Human Resources Legal Update Seminar for the Northern California Chapter of International Public Management Association-HR (NCCIPMA-HR), 2012
  • Speaker, Legal Update Presentation to NORCAL Municipal Human Resources Managers Group, Carmel Valley, CA, 2011
  • Speaker, "Interplay of Key Leave Laws: Navigating ADA, FMLA, FEHA, and Worker's Compensation Law," CALPELRA Annual Conference, 2011
  • Author, "Supreme Court Decision Extends Anti-Retaliation Protections to Fiancés," PublicCEO, 2011
  • Speaker, "Legal Update 2011," Northern California Chapter of the International Public Management Association - Human Resources, 2011
  • Speaker, "Basic Anatomy of a Discipline Case" and "Advanced Anatomy of a Discipline Case," CALPELRA, 2010
  • Speaker, “Anatomy of a Discipline Case.” California Public Employers Labor Relations Association CALPELRA, November 2009
  • Presenter, “Legal Update 2009,” Northern California Chapter of the International Public Management Association-Human Resources, 2009
  • Speaker, “How to Respond to a DFEH or EEOC Complaint,” CALPELRA, 2008
  • Speaker, “Legal Considerations in the Pre-Employment and Hiring Process.” League of California Cities Personnel and Employee Relations Seminar, 2008
  • Speaker, “Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” City of South San Francisco, 2007
  • Speaker, “The Skelly Process; The Good, The Bad and the Ugly,” CALPELRA, 2006
  • Speaker, “PERB Update,” Meyers Nave Breakfast Speaking Series, 2006
  • Contributor, “California Supreme Court Confirms The Doctrine of ‘At-Will’ Employment,” Daily Journal, August 2006
  • Contributor, “At-Will Employment,” Oakland Business Review, October 2006
  • Speaker, “Return to Work,” CALPELRA, 2005
  • Speaker, “Legal Update,” Meyers Nave Breakfast Speaking Series, 2005
  • Author and former team lead, “The Public Law Blawg,” (

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California
  • Member, Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member, Alameda County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section


  • Marquette University Law School, JD, 2003
  • University of Iowa, BA, Political Science - Spanish Minor, 1998