Thomas E. Gauthier

Partner | Sacramento, Redding

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Thomas E. Gauthier is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office and served as co-chair of the firm's Local Government Practice Group from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Gauthier counsels school districts, community college districts and private entities in the areas of labor and employment, open meetings, elections, political activity, ethics, and conflict of interest laws. He has broad experience in education and government law topics such as teacher and faculty status rules, employee discipline, free speech and religion in the public workplace, discrimination and harassment laws, and student matters. He has successfully represented schools and other public agencies in administrative hearings and litigation on these issues.

In addition, Mr. Gauthier represents public agencies in collective bargaining and labor relations matters. He has broad experience in labor arbitrations, Public Employment Relations Board hearings, and related administrative proceedings. Mr. Gauthier also has more than 10 years of experience in drafting and negotiation of contracts, in facilities and business matters, and in regulatory compliance issues.

Presenter Experience

To assist with prevention of legal disputes, Mr. Gauthier gives interactive, hands-on seminars on topics such as open government laws, personnel management, employment law, political activity in the workplace, ethics, and elections rules. He is a frequent presenter at educational conferences on these topics. Mr. Gauthier recently presented a webinar in collaboration with CASBO on the topic of Elections 101 - Rules of the Road for Political Campaigns.


Mr. Gauthier received his J.D. from the University of California at Davis School of Law in 1996. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Riverside in Political Science and Administrative Studies, cum laude.

Professional Affiliations

Member, California Council of School Attorneys

Recent Fines for Failure to Disclose Gifts on Form 700 Serve as a Reminder to Public Officials

By: Thomas Gauthier-

November 2014 Number 88 The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is the state agency responsible for administering and enforcing California's Political Reform Act. (Gov. Code § 81000, et seq.) Recently, the FPPC has been active in issuing fines to local government officials for failing to report gifts of meals and ballgame tickets on their Statement of Economic Interests, also known as Form 700. Accordingly, now more than ever is a good time to review the Political Reform Act...

Election Season 2012: Legal Guidelines For Political Activity On Public Property

By: Ruth MendykThomas Gauthier-

August 2012 Number 46 Election season 2012 is in full swing as campaigns gear up for November elections. Campaign activity often raises issues for cities, school districts and other public agencies related to the proper use of public facilities, equipment, and staff time. Several laws prohibit use of public resources to urge the support or defeat of a candidate for elected office or a ballot measure. (Gov. Code § 8314; Ed. Code § 7054.) At the same time, it is important to respe...

Vendors Bearing Gifts: Disclosure Requirements For Public Officials And Employees

By: Thomas Gauthier-

July 2010 Number 26 CLIENT NEWS BRIEF VENDORS BEARING GIFTS: DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES Especially in these troubled economic times, vendors, consultants and others seeking business from public agencies are often going to ever greater lengths to land new clients and drum up new business. These efforts may be coupled with promises of gifts and other free offerings, including meals, wine, tickets to concerts or sporting events, and more. As an important ...