Ronald P. Ackerman has dedicated his practice 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. The agency was later absorbed by the Department of Homeland Security. While working as a Special Agent, 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 years of handling union matters, Mr. Ackerman earned his J.D. Degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and was thereafter admitted to the California Bar.
Mr. Ackerman has since had his own practice representing federal and other public sector employees. 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. 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.
Ms. Orchid is a member of the the California Bar. 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. Ms. Orchid was selected as a 2020 Super Lawyers Rising Star.