Desert Cities Mediation

Lisa Garvin Copeland


Experience and Expertise: With more than 25 years of legal experience – as general counsel and as a litigator, Lisa Copeland brings diverse professional experience to the field of dispute resolution. Representative clients include employers, municipalities, non-profit organizations, homeowners’ associations, real estate developers, business entities and public interest groups. Experienced in handling complex environmental litigation, employment litigation, land use, partnership and corporate disputes. Particular focus on employment and labor including collective bargaining negotiator (management) and advocate for ten years.  
J.D. Western State University College of Law, 1988 Summa Cum Laude, Salutatorian
B.S. Western State University College of Law, 1987
Professional Affiliations: – Member of The California Bar Association, Arbitrator/Mediator California State Mediation and Conciliation Service, Arbitrator – FINRA, Mediator/Arbitrator for the Riverside County Bar Association, The Desert Bar Association, The Public Law Section and the Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California, Member Southern California Mediation Association.
Published Appellate Cases:
Engine Manufacturers Association v. South Coast Air Quality Management District et al. (2004) 541 U.S. 246, 124 S.Ct. 1756, 158 L.Ed.2d 529 – amicus brief for SunLine Transit Agency
Coachella Valley Mosquito And Vector Control District, v. California Public Employment Relations Board and California School Employees Association (2005) 35 Cal.4th 1072
SunLine Transit Agency v. Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1277 (2010) 189 Cal.App.4th 292
Waste Management of the Desert Inc. v. Palm Springs Recycling Center, Inc. (1994) 7 Cal.4th 478
Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District et. al. v. City of Indio (2002) 101 Cal.App.4th 12
California Ranch Homes Development Company of Hemet v. San Jacinto Unified School District (1993) 17 Cal.App.4th 573
Copeland, MMBA Unfair Practices Restricted to Six-Month Statute of Limitations (February 2004) No. 164, California Public Employee Relations Journal.
Copeland, The California Supreme Court Overturns Practice of the Public Employment Relations Board Applying a Three Years Statute of Limitation to Unfair Practice Charges Filed Under the Meyers-Milias Brown Act, (2005), Vol. 19, No. 4, California Labor & Employment L.Rev., 11, 33.


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