Renne Public Law Group Founding Partner Jon Holtzman has been selected by the Daily Journal as a 2021 Top Labor and Employment Lawyer, in recognition of his unique acumen for strategic consulting, negotiations, fact-finding and project labor agreements, as well as his innovative focus on the timely issue of public safety reform.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Holtzman served as Director of Labor and Policy in the office of San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., overseeing the management of city employment and benefits issues and crafting major policy initiatives including the city’s living wage law, civil service reforms and criminal justice initiatives. As San Francisco’s Chief Deputy City Attorney, he was a principal architect of the City Attorney’s nationally recognized affirmative litigation program, which brought together groups of local government and non-profit plaintiffs to seek court-ordered reform of unfair business practices. As San Francisco’s chief labor and employment attorney, he served as a chief negotiator in labor negotiations and interest arbitration with the City’s 47 unions, and acted as lead counsel in lawsuits, writs, class actions and appeals involving all facets of labor and employment law.
A “Northern California Super Lawyer” since 2005, Mr. Holtzman has experience in virtually all aspects of employment law and labor relations. His labor expertise encompasses negotiations, fact finding, mediation, grievance and interest arbitration, and litigation related to bargaining obligations. He is the author of Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide: Public Sector Employment Litigation Guide, the leading treatise on public sector employment issues.
The Daily Journal’s accolade comes on the heels of a robust schedule of speaking engagements for Holtzman, a frequent speaker and writer on matters ranging from interest arbitration to bargaining who recently has presented on police reform and other topics to the League of California Cities, Northwest Labor and Employment Relations Association, Sacramento County Bar Association and Berkeley Center for Law and Work.
“It’s exciting to look back at the significance of the cases and issues I’ve worked on this year, particularly in the area of police reform,” said Mr. Holtzman. “Thanks to the Daily Journal for recognizing my work, and to RPLG’s staff and attorneys for believing in our vision of public law in the public interest and helping our clients address new demands for reform, restructuring and racial and economic justice.”