FELS Group Legal Services Plan
Farm Employers Labor Service subscribers can get legal assistance from two of California's leading labor- and employment-law firms under the FELS Group Legal Services Plan. FELS, a California Farm Bureau Federation affiliate, has an agreement with Barsamian & Moody, PC, and Cook Brown, LLP, under which the firms will provide agricultural employers who are FELS subscribers with legal help on workplace issues.
Farm Employers Labor Service has served agricultural employers with management consulting, information and training materials since 1970. FELS subscribers can tap into the group legal services program wherever they are located in the state.
FELS refers subscribers calling its hotline to one of these two firms so they can obtain legal advice quickly and affordably as issues arise. This program offers our subscribers well-recognized expertise in all areas of labor and employment law. Each FELS subscriber is entitled to one free hour of legal consultation annually on labor and employment matters. Additional legal services are provided at a discounted rate that is at least 20 percent less than the firm's regular fees.
FELS Group Legal Service Plan Partners:
Barsamian & Moody is "The Employer's Law Firm."
With offices in Fresno and Salinas, Barsamian & Moody is "The Employer's Law Firm." Employers have beencounting on the attorneys of Barsamian & Moody to provide that experience and assistance for over twenty years. B&M is committed to providing immediate, effective and personalized representation in all facets of labor and employment law matters, ranging from day to day personnel issues, dealing with unions, boycotts and corporate campaigns, litigation of labor and employment issues, and more. B&M clients rely upon and receive the benefit of experience in responding to emergencies, as well as logical, business-oriented plans for complying with the ever-broadening scope of governmental regulation, and preventing legal problems from arising in the first place.
Barsamian & Moody attorneys understand that legal problems are a major distraction to an employer, and therefore, structures its services to minimize disruption of our clients' business operations. B&M's clients range in size from some of the nation's largest corporations, to single family farms and businesses. B&M makes is a priority to work with other team members, whether they are a farmer's family, corporate officers, directors and senior management, in-house corporate counsel, or front line supervisors.
Ronald H. Barsamian, Partner
Patrick S. Moody, Partner
Stacey R. Lucas, Associate
Cook Brown, LLP
Cook Brown represents employers in labor relations and employment disputes. CB's business clients are large and small and include contractors, manufacturers, farms, banks and retailers. Public sector clients include cities, state agencies and schools. With the firm's depth of experience in traditional labor law and collective bargaining, as well as employment litigation, Cook Brown is uniquely positioned to meet the challenges confronting today's employer.
Cook Brown attorneys consistently obtain success in court, in the boardroom and on the job site. Their expertise is built on decades of experience. Whether in connection with union relations and negotiations, or responding to enforcement agencies or lawsuits, CB aims to provide economical and practical representation, specifically designed to meet client objectives.
Geoffrey F. Gega, Partner
Mr. Gega concentrates his practice in representing employers before the various courts and administrative agencies regarding California and federal employment and labor laws, including wrongful discharge, employment litigation, wage and hour, health and safety, union negotiations and matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB).
Mr. Gega became associated with Cook Brown, LLP, and its predecessor firm in 1990. He entered into private practice in 1985 and was a partner in an Irvine-based labor and employment law firm. Mr. Gega has been specializing in agricultural labor relations since 1980 and has served as Senior In-House Counsel for Western Growers Association.
Mr. Gega has handled numerous cases before the federal and California courts, the NLRB, the ALRB, other federal and state administrative agencies, the American Arbitration Association, California Mediation Service, as well as private arbitrations. He also is experienced in USDA litigation under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, and in pension withdrawal liability litigation under ERISA.
Mr. Gega regularly presents seminars to employer groups throughout California, and has contributed materials to legal publications, including “The Developing Labor Law,” and various non-legal publications, such as employer association periodicals.
Mr. Gega received his Bachelors Degree in Industrial Administration from General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan in 1977. He received his J.D. degree from the University of San Diego in 1980.
Mr. Gega is a member of the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, and the Monterey County Bar Association. He is also a member of the ABA and Orange County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Sections. In addition, Mr. Gega is active in several business and service organizations in both Orange and Monterey Counties.
Mr. Gega is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of California and all other Californian courts. He is also licensed to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and all federal district courts within the State of California.