Pam Lee is a partner with the firm and handles a wide variety of municipal law, land use and planning, affordable housing, and labor and employment matters. Currently, Ms. Lee serves as the Assistant City Attorney for Cerritos. Ms. Lee regularly advises her clients regarding the Brown Act, Political Reform Act, Public Records Act, planning and zoning laws, CEQA, and affordable housing laws. In addition, Ms. Lee assists in the negotiation of various development agreements and affordable housing agreements.
Ms. Lee also specializes in labor and employment and routinely provides counsel on employee discipline, leave and accommodation issues (under CFRA, FEHA, ADA, FMLA, etc.), wage and hour laws, and employee benefits (CalPERS, ACA, etc.). Ms. Lee also provides management-side representation in labor relations, serving as a labor negotiator for public agencies and advising clients on the relevant laws and practical considerations related to labor negotiations, including impasse, fact-finding obligations, and short-term and long-term impacts of collective bargaining agreements. Ms. Lee routinely counsels local civil service commissions/personnel boards and handles matters before the Employment Development Department, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Public Employment Relations Board.
Ms. Lee’s litigation experience includes multi-million dollar inverse condemnation, eminent domain, CEQA, and constitutional rights claims in both State and Federal courts. She has argued before the California Supreme Court on the matter of City of Perris v. Stamper, et al., (2016), 1 Cal.5th 576.
Ms. Lee has given numerous presentations, preventative trainings, and workshops for employers, public agency officials, and agency representatives before the American Planning Association (APA) – California Chapter, California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA), National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA), and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). Her topics include, among others: the Brown Act/Public Records Act, Ethics Training, Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Prevention Training, Employee Leave and Accommodations, Land Use and Planning laws, CEQA compliance, and Employee Retirement and Health Benefits.
Ms. Lee has co-edited various sections of the California Municipal Law Handbook and authored various articles and Client Alerts on new developments in land use, housing, and labor & employment law.
Ms. Lee attended law school at the University of Southern California, where she earned her J.D. in 2006. She volunteered as a dispute mediator at the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center and facilitated out of court settlements. Prior to law school, Ms. Lee was an intern at the Legal Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand.
Ms. Lee graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA in 2002 with a double major in Economics and International Development Studies. As an undergraduate, she worked at a redevelopment consulting organization associated with the Los Angeles City Mayor’s Office that remediated 21 brownfield sites in Los Angeles.