Negotiating in a time of Economic Uncertainty

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Presented by Michael Smith, Founding Shareholder of Lozano Smith

Labor negotiations are unique in each district and involve a myriad of variables and complexities. Michael Smith, one of the state’s leading experts and presenters on education law, provides insights into how districts can most successfully negotiate economic reductions with certificated and classified bargaining units. Highlights and topics include:

  • Preparing for Negotiations
  • Step and Column Freezes 
  • Furloughs
  • Salary Freezes or Rollbacks
  • Controlling Health Benefit Costs
  • Reducing Retiree Health Benefit Costs
  • Recommended Negotiation Practices

In addition to serving as general counsel for school districts throughout California, Mr. Smith offers specific expertise in matters of labor and personnel, student issues, and civil rights, as well as vast experience in the broader aspects of education law. 

Mr. Smith is the current president of the California School Boards Association Education Legal Alliance Advisory Board, a past president of the California Council of School Attorneys, former member of the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association’s National Council of School Attorneys and Chair of the Council of School Attorneys Amicus Committee. He is a frequent speaker at national and statewide conferences.

Lozano Smith is a full-service education and public agency law firm serving hundreds of California's K-12 and community college districts, universities, and numerous cities, counties, and special districts. Established in 1988, the firm prides itself on fostering longstanding relationships with administrators and public officials, while advising and counseling on complex and ever-changing laws. Ultimately, this allows clients to stay focused on what matters most – the success of their district, students and communities they serve.

For more information on this topic, or how Lozano Smith can help facilitate your legal needs, please contact Michael Smith at