Jesse Lad


Jesse Lad advises clients on a wide range of labor and employment law matters arising under state and federal laws, including labor relations, collective bargaining, discipline, employee privacy, and medical leave. He also defends clients against claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge, as well as wage and hour issues.

Jesse serves as lead employment law counsel, lead labor counsel, and chief labor negotiator for numerous cities and special districts in California. He regularly represents public agency employers in arbitrations and administrative hearings, and has handled representation and certification matters for various clients. He also served as a member of the team that conducted a confidential internal affairs investigation for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) of the officer-involved shooting death of passenger Oscar Grant. Jesse has prevailed in cases at both the trial and appellate court levels, as well as in numerous arbitrations and administrative hearings.

Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Jesse worked for a Sacramento firm where his practice primarily focused on defending harassment and discrimination claims for public and private 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, “Understanding the New Overtime & Minimum Wage Regulations: Impacts to Districts,” California Special Districts Association Webinar, 2016
  • Speaker, “What’s New at PERB?” Meyers Nave Webinar, 2016
  • Co-Presenter, “Employee Discipline 101: Advanced Topics - Workplace Investigations and Administrative Appeals,” City of Union City, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, “Employee Discipline 101: How Managers and Supervisors Can Implement Effective Discipline Under City of Union City Personnel Policies,” City of Union City, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, “Introduction To Employee Discipline: Avoiding Common Pitfalls In The Process Of Taking Corrective Action,” California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) Annual Training Conference; 2014, 2015
  • Speaker, “Trends in Labor & Employment Law,” Northern California Chapter of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), 2015
  • Co-Presenter, “Interplay Of Key Leave Laws: Navigating ADA, FMLA, FEHA, And Workers’ Compensation Law,” CALPELRA Annual Training Conference; 2013, 2014, 2015
  • 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 the IPMA-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 IPMA-HR, 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 IPMA-HR, 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, Labor & Employment Law Section


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