Ronald P. Ackerman has been practicing law for more than twenty-five years as a plaintiff’s employment attorney. Today, his practice is devoted almost exclusively to the representation of public employees. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Brooklyn College, Mr. Ackerman entered the Federal Service as a Special Agent, assigned to enforcing Immigration laws. He transferred to Los Angeles in that position in 1979. That agency was later absorbed by the Department of Homeland Security. Soon after moving to California Mr. Ackerman took on a leadership role in his union, the American Federation of Government Employees, representing I.N.S. employees. He held various elected union offices including Local President, and National Vice President. He also handled labor arbitrations, union grievances, labor negotiations, and lobbying efforts. After eight years of handling union matters, Mr. Ackerman enrolled in Law School at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. Mr. Ackerman earned his J.D. Degree in 1991 and was admitted to the California Bar in 1992.
Mr. Ackerman started his own practice representing federal law enforcement employees in employment matters, as well as immigrants trying to stay in the United States. Mr. Ackerman’s experience as both a federal law enforcement officer and a union representative made him uniquely qualified to represent these clients. Today Mr. Ackerman represents federal employees across the country. Mr. Ackerman regularly represents employees in administrative hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. He also litigates federal employment cases in U.S. District Courts as well as Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. Mr. Ackerman has a number of successful, published decisions both before the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Ackerman is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the California Employment Lawyers Association. He often speaks and presents to federal employee unions and organizations about federal employee rights.
Oshea Orchid regularly represents employees and their unions in collective bargaining, before administrative agencies, and in litigation. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tulane University, Ms. Orchid, worked for an international labor union representing Los Angeles County employees. While working as a union representative Ms. Orchid attended Whittier Law School in the evenings. During law school Ms. Orchid also worked as an extern for the National Labor Relations Board Region 21 in Los Angeles and various disability rights clinics. In 2014, Ms. Orchid was admitted to the California Bar and opened her own practice. Since then she has represented city, county, state and federal employees in pre-disciplinary hearings, arbitrations, mediations, labor negotiations, administrative hearings, and litigation in both state and federal court.
Ms. Orchid is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the Cowboy Lawyers Association and the Consumer Attorneys of California. She currently serves as a chair for the California Employment Lawyers Association Public Employee Committee.