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Bush Gottlieb is pleased to announce the recent addition of two new partners and an associate to the Firm, in furtherance of its mission to provide full-service representation of unions and their workers.
Michael E. Plank joined the Firm’s partnership in May and brings broad experience representing unions in a wide array of industries in both the private and public sectors, including education, entertainment, healthcare, retail, and transportation. His practice includes litigation, administrative proceedings, arbitration of contract violation and disciplinary matters, mediation, and negotiation. In addition, Mike provides advice and legal assistance to unions regarding their ongoing legal rights and obligations under a variety of state and federal statutes. He has extensive experience advising and assisting with internal union elections of officers, and resolving challenges to such elections. Mike also has experience in litigating and advising unions regarding the scope and applicability of the labor exemptions to antitrust law. Mike is a 2012 graduate of Harvard Law School and served as a law clerk to the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena.
J. Paul Moorhead became the Firm’s newest partner in July and will continue to focus on employee benefits. His practice includes advising the Boards of Trustees of multi-employer trust funds and their staff regarding the collection of fringe benefit contributions and regulatory audits and DOL investigations, litigation of collection actions in both federal and state courts and on appeal, representing funds in participant appeals and denial of benefits, and litigation brought by those whose claims for benefits have been denied. Paul has arbitrated and litigated withdrawal liability claims on behalf of pension funds. Paul graduated from the USC Gould School of Law where he was an editor of the Interdisciplinary Law Journal and served on the executive board of USC’s Public Interest Law Foundation. Paul is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
Carlos A. Almendárez joined the Firm as an associate in April, having served as a senior labor representative for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721. Carlos has significant experience providing representation at formal arbitration hearings pertaining to high-level discipline and terminations, contractual disputes, and in cases before the Los Angeles County and City Civil Service Commissions. Carlos is a 2017 graduate of the UCLA School of Law.