PLG Investigations is the highly experienced workplace investigations arm of Public Law Group® | Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP. For more than a decade, Public Law Group® has provided exceptional service to its public sector clients, including workplace investigations and trainings. As a separate but integrated entity, PLG Investigations has the knowledge, experience and innovative approach required for employers to investigate allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, ethics violations, misuse of public resources, workplace fraud, violence and other kinds of misconduct in the workplace. We have experience conducting all forms of personnel investigations, including high-profile and politically sensitive situations involving elected officials, law enforcement, department heads and other high-ranking employees.
PLG Investigations includes former police chiefs and personnel, licensed private investigators and attorneys who employ sound investigative procedures to provide a thorough and defensible investigative report or findings. The team integrates the experience and knowledge of the firm’s consultants with the legal acumen of its attorneys for a holistic approach to investigations.
PLG Investigations’ key investigative areas include:
The PLG Investigations team draws on the specialized skills of top professionals in these fields, with the added benefit of working alongside the firm’s legal team when necessary to provide employers with thorough and legally defensible investigative findings. Each investigative report is reviewed and vetted to ensure that it stands up to the highest level of scrutiny. Our varied stable of investigators allows the client to select the investigator that is best suited for the investigation. PLG Investigations works with each client to ensure the most effective and highest level of service while being mindful of cost efficiencies.
Jennifer Nock chairs the firm’s Workplace Investigations Practice (PLG Investigations) and is Of Counsel to the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Her 25 years of legal experience includes investigating employment- related claims such as discrimination, harassment, workplace violence, fraud, or other alleged misconduct, representing public sector employers in litigation in state and federal court, providing day-to-day advice to management clients, and training individual clients and statewide groups in complying with employment laws.
University of Michigan Law School, JD
University of CA, Berkeley, BA
Howard Jordan is a licensed private investigator with extensive experience in an array of services, including law enforcement consultations, legal services, investigations, and background investigations. Mr. Jordan has spent his entire career in law enforcement and rose through the ranks to serve as Chief of Police for the City of Oakland.
Mr. Jordan is a graduate of the 219th FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute in Policing. He shares his wealth of knowledge and experience in the law enforcement profession with others, serving as a mentor for executive leadership and as an adjunct professor at Diablo Valley College and Merritt College.
FBI National Academy
Cal State Hayward, MA
Columbia College, BA
Neil Telford is a licensed private investigator and specializes in management consulting and investigations specializing in law enforcement.
In 2015, Mr. Telford retired as Chief of Police for the City of San Bruno. His 32 years of law enforcement experience includes investigations in criminal matters, internal affairs and workplace investigations. Mr. Telford played a significant role in managing the law enforcement response to a catastrophic natural gas transmission line explosion, led two police departments during an 18-month consolidation study with a neighboring city; and supervised the consolidation of 9-1-1 phone and Records Management System shared between two agencies.
Mr. Telford is a graduate of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College program, and has extensive experience in law enforcement training, and municipal government collaboration including shared service ventures.
San Francisco State University
California Police Chiefs Association
Jeff Sloan is a labor and employment lawyer with more than 35 years of experience representing public sector and nonprofit clients, including public, charter and nonprofit schools. His work spans collective bargaining negotiations, investigations, arbitrations, writ and appellate litigation, disciplinary matters, training, and matters under the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board and Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).
Mr. Sloan is co-author of the treatise California Public Sector Labor Relations and, with Firm partner Nikki Hall, is co-author of Conducting Effective Personnel Investigations: A Manual for California Public Employers (3rd Ed.) (Public Law Group Press 2013). He regularly writes articles on labor law developments for the California Employment Law Letter. He has been perennially named a California “SuperLawyer” by his peers, and was named by the Daily Journal in 2012 and 2013 as one of the 25 most influential public lawyers in California.
Mr. Sloan often serves as chief negotiator for cities, counties, special districts, schools, and nonprofit entitles. He has worked with unions representing all categories of employees in non-sworn and sworn employment. His negotiations work includes mediations and fact-findings under state statutes. He also often serves as a consultant and strategist to public and non-profit employers regarding collective bargaining matters. To date, he has represented PERB and public employers in over 35 cases that resulted in published decisions from the California Court of Appeal and Supreme Court on a wide variety of labor law developments.
University of CA, Hastings College of the Law, JD
San Jose State University, BA
Mr. Delventhal advises cities, counties and other public entities on a range of labor, employment and workplace investigation matters. He regularly represents public entities in arbitration hearings involving appeals of disciplinary action and alleged contract violations and in proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board. Mr. Delventhal also has successfully defended public entities in litigation involving allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. As part of his practice, Mr. Delventhal has conducted workplace investigations involving allegations such as discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation, workplace violence and theft, and has provided trainings on the subject of workplace investigations. He also has successfully petitioned for workplace violence restraining orders sought by public entity employers on behalf of employees.
Mr. Delventhal joined the firm in September 2008. Prior to pursuing a career in law, he worked as a reporter for four years at two Bay Area newspapers and a wire service. While in law school, Mr. Delventhal served as a judicial extern for United States District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer, as a law clerk in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, and as a summer associate with the firm.
University of CA Hastings College of the Law, JD, cum laude
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, MS
University of CA, San Diego, BA
Sabrina L. Thomas is a senior counsel in employment law, specializing in employee disciplinary actions, claims of gender, disability, race discrimination, and reasonable accommodation claims. She regularly serves as an outside investigator for allegations of workplace misconduct. Ms. Thomas also advises and represents clients in the area of retirement law and benefits. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Thomas worked for CalPERS’ legal office where she advised on retirement benefits issues involving PERS agencies and represented CalPERS in administrative proceedings. Before working for state government, she worked for law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area and Boston, Massachusetts.
Ms. Thomas has extensive experience conducting workplace investigations involving discrimination and hostile work environment claims based on all legally protected traits, workplace violence, retaliation, fraud, theft, and ethical misconduct. Ms. Thomas is particularly skilled at conducting investigations involving high-level executives, managers, and peace officers and is regularly sought out for her judgment, and distinctive ability to develop rapport with subjects and witnesses. She is experienced in complying with the POBAR and FOBAR. Ms. Thomas is a sustaining member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AOWI). She also trains human resources professionals and attorneys on how to conduct effective workplace investigations.
She also advises employers on public employee retirement benefits, including independent contractor status, use of retired annuitants in public agencies, final compensation determinations, and CalPERS membership qualifications. In addition, Ms. Thomas counsels and defends employers in employment disputes involving claims of discrimination and harassment based on sex, gender, race, disability, and retaliation, age, and reasonable accommodation. She regularly responds to EEOC and DFEH charges and complaints.
Ms. Thomas’ non-legal career includes work for educational and humanitarian institutions both in the United States and overseas. She was a policy analyst with the United Nations Children’s Defense Fund (UNICEF) in Nairobi, Kenya where she provided policy analysis and strategic planning for basic education programs and entrepreneurial projects in 22 African countries.
She also served as the Director of Urban Education Programs for Outward Bound in Boston, MA where she managed the administration of educational services to the Boston Public Schools and to local non-profits and universities.
Vanderbilt University Law School, JD
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, EdM
University of CA Berkeley, BA
United States District Court, Eastern District of California
Yumi Wilson joined the PLG Investigations team with more than 25 years of experience as a news reporter, editor and journalism educator. Ms. Wilson uses her expertise in journalism and social media to assist the firm’s attorneys and private investigators in workplace and background investigations.
Early in her career, Ms. Wilson covered City Hall, state politics, crime, courts and urban affairs for the Associated Press and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is now a tenured journalism professor at San Francisco State University, where she specializes in news reporting, opinion writing and investigative journalism. She specializes in using social media to build a strong professional brand, and recently co-authored a book on news reporting in the digital age. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Wilson worked in corporate communications at LinkedIn, teaching hundreds of journalists and executives how to strengthen their personal brand using the LinkedIn platform.
University of San Francisco, MFA
University of Southern California, BA
To learn more about how PLG Investigations is uniquely suited to address your workplace needs, please contact Jennifer Nock at (415) 678-3816.
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