Dulcinea  Grantham

Partner | Walnut Creek

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Dulcinea Grantham is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek office. She specializes in labor and employment issues for school districts. Ms. Grantham has significant experience handling layoff hearings, arbitrations and classified and certificated employee dismissal matters. She has handled small and large layoffs, including hearings in excess of 300 full-time employees. Ms. Grantham also has extensive experience in employee/employer relations and negotiations for school district clients. Ms. Grantham has negotiated agreements with labor associations throughout the State of California. Ms. Grantham is a certified Trainer of Trainers regarding effective negotiations practices, including Interest Based Bargaining.


Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Ms. Grantham served as Deputy Legislative Counsel for the California Legislative Counsel's office in Sacramento, California. She provided nonpartisan legal services for Members of the Legislature. She drafted bills, constitutional amendments, resolutions, and amendments to those measures, particularly in the areas of elementary and secondary education, elections, legislative procedure, and private employment.

Ms. Grantham was an adjunct faculty member with the University of San Francisco School of Law where she provided instruction to law students on the legislative process, legislative drafting, and statutory interpretation. Ms. Grantham also was an extern with the California Supreme Court, Chambers of Justice Kennard; a law clerk with the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of California; and a project clerk with Lewis and Roca, LLP in Tucson, AZ. She interned in the Office of Senator John McCain in Washington, D.C. and in the Ward III City Council Office in Tucson, Arizona.

Presenter Experience

Ms. Grantham has been a speaker for the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) on a wide range of topics including labor negotiations; employee status, evaluation, investigation, and discipline; and employee leaves of absence. She has made presentations on hiring and supervising athletic employees for the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and presented to the California School Boards Association (CSBA) on handling complaints against high level administrators.


Ms. Grantham has written numerous, significant articles. They include:
  • "Code of Conduct: Reviewing and Auditing Your Hiring and Supervision Practices for Athletic Coaches" published by American School Board Journal, Volume 198, No. 8, August 2011;

  • "Certificated Step and Column Freezes" published by School Services of California, in the Fiscal Report, Volume 30, No. 1, January 2010;

  • "The Impact of the European Union Data Privacy Directive Safe Harbor on U.S. Privacy Practices: Is it Time for Congress to Take Action to Strengthen U.S. Privacy Laws?" published in the Fall 2001 issue of the Journal of Internet Law; and

  • "Transforming Transplantation: The Effect of the Health and Human Services Final Rule on the Organ Allocation System" published in the University of San Francisco Law Review in 2001.

Professional Affiliations

Ms Grantham is a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the California Bar, the National School Boards Association's Council of School Attorneys, and the California Council of School Attorneys.


Ms. Grantham received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Arizona. She is a member of the State Bar of California.

More Time For Paid Family Leave Is Now Available For State Employees

By: Dulcinea Grantham-

Court Reaffirms Absences To Attend Medical Appointments May Be Evidence Of A Disability

By: Dulcinea GranthamJanae Castellani-

Employees' Representation Rights Now Expand Beyond Oral Interviews

By: Dulcinea Grantham-

Bathrooms Are No Longer Acceptable Lactation Accommodations

By: Dulcinea GranthamMichelle Sliwa-

New Law Requires Districts to Pay Employees on Parental Leave at Least 50% of Their Salaries

By: Dulcinea Grantham-

New Law Aims to Protect Public Employers and Unions from State Lawsuits to Recover "Fair Share" Fees

By: Dulcinea Grantham-

California Attorney General Advisory Affirms Public Sector Labor Rights and Obligations

By: Dulcinea GranthamRoxana Khan-

PERB Reaffirms Importance of Meeting and Conferring with Unions

By: Dulcinea Grantham-

Lawmakers Okay Budget Bill Addressing Union Dues Collection and Communications about Membership Rights

By: Dulcinea GranthamGabriela Flowers-

Supreme Court Rules Public Sector Union Agency Fees Are Unlawful

By: Dulcinea GranthamErin HamorGabriela Flowers-

California Adds "Nonbinary" Gender Option to Identification Documents, Impacting All Public Entities

By: Dulcinea GranthamSarah GarciaJoshua Whiteside-

When Politics and Walkouts Come to the Workplace: Considerations for Teachers, Superintendents, and Governing Boards

By: Dulcinea GranthamGabriela Flowers-

School District Policy Prohibiting Active Strikers from Entering School Grounds Violated the First Amendment

By: Dulcinea Grantham-

Opioid Testing Now Required for Employees in Safety-Sensitive Transportation Positions

By: Dulcinea Grantham-

United States Supreme Court to Again Review Mandatory Union Fees

By: Dulcinea Grantham-

Rescission of DACA: What Public Agencies Need to Know

By: Dulcinea GranthamSloan Simmons-

Two New Laws Intended to Address Teacher Shortage

By: Dulcinea GranthamRoxana Khan-

New Law Broadens List of Sex Offenses that Lead to Immediate Suspension of Teaching Credential

By: Dulcinea GranthamJanae Castellani-

Employers Must Provide Information on Rights of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Victims

By: Dulcinea Grantham-

New Law Requires Union Access to Employee Orientation Sessions

By: Louis LozanoDulcinea Grantham-

High Court Declines to Review Ruling on Cash in Lieu Payments

By: Dulcinea Grantham-

Proposition 64: Legal and Practical Considerations

By: Dulcinea GranthamJenell Van Bindsbergen-

Labor and Employment Legislative Update, Part One

By: Dulcinea GranthamGabriela FlowersErin Hamor-

Partial Pay for Baby Bonding Leave Extended to Classified and Community College Employees

By: Dulcinea GranthamDesiree Serrano-

Court Rules School Districts not required to Use Standardized Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations

By: Michael SmithDulcinea GranthamStephen Mendyk-

Significant Cases

Ms. Grantham authored an amicus brief on behalf of the California School Boards Association (CSBA) in the Hildebrandt v. St. Helena USD case. Hildebrandt established a school district's right to maintain full-time teaching or service positions without being forced to split the positions to accommodate senior laid off employees. Ms. Grantham successfully represented Sonoma Valley Unified School District at the California Court of Appeal in McIntyre v. Sonoma Valley Unified School District, where a certificated employee challenged her temporary employee classification. In that decision, the Court affirmed the authority of school districts to classify certificated employees as temporary for multiple years and upheld prior case law confirming that school districts are not required to match each temporary employee to a specific employee on leave. Also of note, while at the California Legislative Counsel's Office, Ms Grantham represented the California Legislature in Californians for an Open Primary v. McPherson (38 Cal.4th 735).

Preparing for 2019 - New Employee Leave and Accommodations Requirements

By: Dulcinea Grantham-

Are you prepared for 2019? Join Lozano Smith attorneys Dulcinea Grantham and Niki Nabavi Nouri as they discuss three important employee leave and accommodations requirements that will impact school districts and public agencies in the coming year.