William G. Benz

Partner

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Employer Legal Compliance Counseling
  • Employment Litigation
  • Public Sector Labor Law

William G. Benz represents and assists a broad array of clients, ranging from privately-owned companies to public municipalities. He is experienced in civil, employment, and labor litigation, as well as the formation, operation, and sale of closely-held companies.

Mr. Benz’s employment litigation experience includes defending employers in class action cases regarding wrongful termination, discrimination and sexual harassment claims as well as handling public employee disciplinary appeal arbitrations and Employment Development Department matters. Additionally, he has also counseled public and private employers on issues, such as employee privacy, wage and hour compliance, workplace violence, and narcotics policies.

Beyond the realm of employment law, Mr. Benz also has experience in formation of businesses and ventures, including limited liability companies, S-Corporations, and C-Corporations, and the transition or sale of existing businesses. Mr. Benz also litigates contract disputes, construction defect cases, civil rights claims, and fraud claims involving both private parties and public entities.

Mr. Benz has achieved a BV Distinguished® rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a widely respected mark of achievement in the legal industry.

He is admitted to practice in all California courts, as well as in the United States District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California. He has served as counsel for Amicus Curie in front of the California Supreme Court and prosecuted cases for the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s office through the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Trial Advocacy Program.

Education:

Mr. Benz received his B.A. in Political Science – Public Law from the University of California, San Diego and obtained his J.D. from the University of California, Davis where he served as Senior Editor of the U.C. Davis Business Law Journal. He is also a graduate of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Trial Advocacy Program.

Industry Involvement:

Mr. Benz is frequently called upon to present to the Public Employer Labor Relations Association of California (PERLAC) on various labor and employment matters and has also spoken to the Los Angeles Trade Tech College on labor arbitration. He has been published by PERLAC on AB 646, as well as in Lorman Seminar Materials focusing on conflicts of interest and joint representation dangers for employment law attorneys.

Representative Matters:

  • Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City of Manhattan Beach – The Save the Plastic Bag Coalition was a group of plastic bag manufacturers who were opposing the city’s plastic bag ban by stating that the city had to go through an Environmental Impact Report before it could prohibit the use of plastic bags. Mr. Benz represented the Manhattan Beach Residents Association by filing an Amicus Curiae brief with the Supreme Court.
  • Hendricks v. City of Redondo Beach – Mr. Benz represented the City of Redondo Beach at the trial court level and on appeal in front of the Second District Court of Appeal in a case where a Redondo police officer alleged that his rights under the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act were violated. The City prevailed on summary judgment at the trial level, the police officer appealed, the City prevailed again in the Court of Appeal.
  • Redondo Beach Police Officers Association (Police Management Unit) v. City of Redondo Beach (PERB Order No. Ad-409-M) (2014), on behalf of the City of Redondo Beach – Mr. Benz successfully represented the City of Redondo Beach in an appeal brought by the Redondo Beach Police Officers Association regarding the RBPOA’s untimely factfinding request under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act.
  • California Teamsters, Local 911 v. City of Redondo Beach (PERB Order No. AD-413-M), on behalf of the City of Redondo Beach – A similar case to the PERB Order No. Ad-409-M, the California Teamsters and the City of Redondo Beach could not agree and reached impasse. The Teamsters did not request fact finding because of the constraints of their deadline. Mr. Benz was able to secure a victory for Redondo Beach.