SAN FRANCISCO — The newest member of the California Chamber of
Commerce's board of directors has pledged to make working against
legislation that adversely affects the labor market one of the
primary goals of his term.
Charles Birenbaum of the San Francisco office of Greenberg Traurig
LLP recently was elected to the board, according to a news
release. His term began Jan. 1.
“My interest in CalChamber has been long-standing, and as a
practicing labor and employment lawyer, representing management, I
have tracked CalChamber positions and activities for many years,”
he told the Northern California Record. “A number of my
clients are members of the organization.”
Birenbaum, his firm's chair for Northern California, has devoted
his career to becoming a labor and employment attorney, while
specializing in the practice of traditional labor and employment law,
according to his profile page
at www.gtlaw.com. And over the years, he has developed a diverse
background litigating in state and federal courts and in a wide-range
of administrative agencies. During his tenure, according to his
profile page, he has shared his expertise on proposed legislation
that has had the potential to affect entire industries with
legislative committees. He also has worked and negotiated with labor
organizations, politicians, regulators and industry leaders to
resolve numerous challenging issues for his clients in the health
care, energy, construction and other industries.
Over the course of his career, Birenbaum has been honored by
numerous organizations for his labor and employment practice,
according to his profile page
at www.gtlaw.com. This includes honors from the Chambers
USA Guide, which celebrated him for his work in labor and
employment law; Human Resources
Executive, which praised him as one of the
nation’s top 100 most powerful labor attorneys; and The
Daily Journal, which singled him out as one of
California’s top 75 labor attorneys.
His credentials include
a history of working on a diverse list of employment-related cases
such as “race-harassment class actions, noncompetition trials,
unfair labor practice hearings before the National Labor Relations
Board, and multiple arbitrations.” Birenbaum also has a background
of work in the appellate world that features decisions from the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit under the National Labor
Relations Act, Labor Management Relations Act, and the Employee
Retirement and Income Security Act.
As one of the newest members of CalChamber board, Birenbaum said
he expects to work with other board members and the CalChamber
administration to help direct and guide the organization through the
general oversight offered by the board.
“I expect my term to be an interesting one for a number of
reasons,” he said. “As the main state organization representing
business interests before the state legislature, governor’s office
and other state agencies, the CalChamber will be developing positions
on a range of important matters, including reactions to the impact
the Trump administration will have on California.”
Birenbaum also said that he plans to use his time on the board of
directors “to spot job-killer legislative proposals and oppose