Jesús Quiñonez joined Bush Gottlieb as a partner in October 2015. Mr. Quiñonez has been chief counsel to UTLA for more than 25 years and has played a critical role in negotiations, contract enforcement and government relations. He has served as chief spokesperson in several major negotiations that resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements in salaries and benefits, avoidance of massive lay-offs, and protection against erosion of long-established union and individual teacher rights. Recently (Fall, 2015), he and Bush Gottlieb partner Erica Deutsch assisted UTLA in obtaining an injunction from the Los Angeles Superior Court restraining a major charter network operator from serious unfair labor practices committed in connection with UTLA’s organizing campaign.
In representing union clients, Mr. Quiñonez has handled scores of administrative, legislative, and contract enforcement matters. He has also served as chief counsel to a multi-union health benefits committee, protecting and enhancing funding and effective governance for one of the largest health and welfare plan committees in the country.
Mr. Quiñonez has acted as counsel for numerous private and public sector unions, and served as co-counsel with Leo Geffner before the U. S. Supreme Court in Marquez v. Screen Actors Guild.
While at law school in the late 1970’s (and during a period of massive organizing), Mr. Quiñonez worked for the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, which administers California’s farm labor law.
Mr. Quiñonez currently serves as an appointee of the City of Los Angeles on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District and Pasadena’s Gooden Center.