Labor & Employment

Firefighter San Diego Union

C&M collaborates with the Law Offices of James J. Cunningham A.P.C. to provide the following services to our clients.

Labor Negotiations

Jim Cunningham has been actively representing employees in the Public and Private sectors for over 30 years having represented Associations and Unions throughout California negotiate their Collective Bargaining Agreements, He has assisted and negotiated, as lead negotiator, multiple contracts for such Associations as the Oceanside Firefighter’s Association, SD Public Defender’s Assoc., Association of San Diego County Employees, Oceanside Police Officer’s Association, SD County Court Employees Association, SD Deputy City Attorney’s Association, Carlsbad City Employee’s Association, and many more. Here is a link to a recent Powerpoint presentation Mr. Cunningham presented to the San Diego City Deputy City Attorney’s Association to train the negotiation team in preparation for their next contract negotiations. If you Union or Association wants to maximize their contract negotiations please do not hesitate to contact the firm

Board Governance

Mr. Cunningham has established and maintained Association’s Corporate and non-profit status by teaching and providing opinions on Board Governance and the best practices on running a Union or Association. He provides training and hands on advice at Board meetings assuring that the Board is effective and conducting its business within the parameters of the Law. He currently serves as General Counsel to a number of Associations throughout Southern California . Attached is a recent Powerpoint provided to San Diego Firefighter’s Association Local 145. If you would like our firm review of your Associations Board practices or if you need training pleased do not hesitate to contact us.


Mr. Cunningham is also a litigator having successfully tried cases in front of the California Superior Court, in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, the Fourth District Court of Appeals, the Department of Labor in Washington D.C. , and the California Public Employees Relations Board ( PERB ). (Attached is a recent binding arbitration Award arising from a contract interpretation case against the County of San Diego. He currently has a case pending in front of the United States Supreme Court.

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Administrative Discipline Cases

Widely known as a fierce advocate for Police and Firefighters who are subject to administrative disciple and criminal investigation throughout Southern California Mr. Cunningham has had hundreds of trials and hearings in front the San Diego City and County Civil Service Commissions, and the Los Angeles Civil Service Commission representing members of the Professional Peace Officer’s Association, ( Attached is a president setting case involving a terminated employee where Mr. Cunningham was able to get his job back ) As a certified attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police Jim represents civilian police officers on military bases throughout southern California.

In addition he was successful in clearing five firefighters of charges of medical misconduct in Oceanside CA in a significant case brought by the State EMSA. A redacted copy of the decision is attached for review.

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Death and Disability Retirement

Cunningham and McLean will represent you or your clients when, as a result of a work related injury, you are no longer able to compete the essential functions of your job. Having tried cases in front of the California Public Employees Retirement Bureau as well as the San Diego City and County Retirement systems getting millions of dollars of pension payments awarded over the years, the firms is well prepared to aggressively advocate for the significant benefits that a disability retirement can bring.

Injury Law

Whether you are injured on or off the job Cunningham & McLean is here to help you during all aspects of your claim. We have litigated, assisted, and collaborated with some of the Nation’s best firms to represent clients in auto and motorcycle cases, product liability, and general negligence cases causing injury . While representing the employees at UPS Jim Cunningham developed an expertise in representing clients who were attached and injured by dogs. He successful resolved every case he was hired to seek a recovery.

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