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YM&C provides legal counsel for every aspect of education law, public agencies, and nonprofits.

Insurance Defense



YM&C’s Insurance Defense litigation team has an uncommon depth and breadth of experience. We have experience throughout California in federal and state trial courts, courts of appeal, and administrative jurisdictions. We have handled mediations, arbitrations, court and jury trials, writ proceedings, and appeals (including the California Supreme Court). We have appeared before many administrative agencies (including PERB, OAH, CUIAB, EEOC, DFEH, DLSE).  We have been defending California charter schools in a wide breadth of matters since the early 1990s and are specialists in this area with a depth of knowledge not found elsewhere.

Most California public charter schools operate as a hybrid nonprofit public benefit corporation and public school which creates complex and uncommon legal issues which lack an existing analogy in law — yet this is the environment in which all of our attorneys work on a day-to-day basis. We understand and can easily navigate the byzantine Education Code (and related regulatory provisions and agency decisions) that are applicable only to charter schools as well as appreciate and understand the impact of charter petition language on the application of charter school’s rights. Our firm has litigated almost all of the seminal appellate court decisions shaping the landscape for charter schools in California.

Our team knows that initial, strategic analysis of each case is critical to effective, economic defense. Evaluation of assigned judge, venue, parties, standing, damages, availability of attorneys’ fees, critical facts and claim elements, to the point discovery planning, detailed document review, deposition preparation, expert identification and use, focused legal research, strategic settlement analysis, timely trial preparations, all must be efficiently performed.  Regular claim representative updates are mandated.  Friendly and cooperative relationships with insureds are an important facet of quality representation as well as responsiveness to the requirements and requests of insurers. If you have a dispute that requires the defense of experienced litigators, our Insurance Defense team is available to you.


  • Wrongful termination
  • Employment lawsuits
  • Negligent hiring and retention
  • Whistleblower defense
  • Personal injury
  • Sexual harassment
  • Race discrimination
  • LGBT discrimination
  • Gender discrimination
  • Sexual Orientation discrimination
  • Student expulsion litigation
  • Constructive termination
  • Premises liability
  • Unfair competition
  • Student rights
  • Retaliation and harassment
  • Negligence
  • Special Education/Section 504
  • Property Damage
  • Zoning and entitlement issues
  • Nuisance
  • Prop 39 rights
  • Civil rights case defense
  • Wage and hour issues and defense
  • Title IX claims
  • Defamation and libel defense
  • Labor Code 1102.5 retaliation
  • Breach of Employment Contract
  • Anti-SLAPP
  • Charter revocation and non-renewal
  • Charter school funding/audits

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