Thomas R. Manniello is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Monterey office and co-chair of the firm's Student Practice Group. His practice focuses on student and employment matters.
Mr. Manniello has assisted school districts in matters regarding student discipline, students' rights to freedom of speech and freedom of the press, disruptive parents, media access to school campuses, field trip liability, student organizations, residency and transfer issues. His work covers all areas of student discipline matters including search and seizure and other student investigation issues, expulsion hearings and appeals, and readmission of expelled students. Mr. Manniello regularly provides training for clients on these subjects.
In employment matters, Mr. Manniello assists school districts with collective bargaining, employee discipline, layoffs, general personnel issues, grievances and arbitrations. He has assisted school districts with pension issues and the structure of employee benefit plans, CalPERS and CalSTRS issues, employee dismissals and representation before the Public Employment Relations Board. He has extensive experience with post-retirement benefits and early retirement incentive options.
Published appellate decisions he has briefed or argued include Katz v. Campbell Union High School District (2006) 144 Cal.App.4th 1024; West v. Umialik Insurance Co. (2000) 8 P.3d 1135; Northern Alaska Environmental Center v. State of Alaska, Dept. of Natural Resources (2000) 2 P.3d 629; Gerstein v. Axtell (1998) 960 P. 2d 599.
He is a member of both the Alaska and California Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in all California and Alaska courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and the United States District Court for the District of Alaska.
Mr. Manniello earned his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1997 and a B.S. in Finance from California State University, San Jose, in 1993.