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Thomas R. Manniello

Partner | Monterey

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Thomas R. Manniello is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Monterey office. His practice focuses on employment and student matters.

Mr. Manniello assists school districts with collective bargaining, employee discipline, layoffs, grievances and general personnel issues. He has extensive experience with CalPERS and CalSTRS issues, executive compensation issues, employee benefit plans, post-retirement benefits and early retirement incentive options.

In student matters, Mr. Manniello assists school districts with student discipline, students' rights to freedom of speech and freedom of the press, disruptive parents, field trip liability, student organizations, residency and transfer issues. His work covers all areas of student discipline matters including search and seizure and other student investigation issues, expulsion hearings and appeals, and readmission of expelled students. Mr. Manniello regularly provides training for clients on these subjects.

Presenter Experience

Mr. Manniello is highly sought as a presenter on education law issues throughout California. He is a frequent presenter at events organized by Association for California School Administrators (ACSA), California School Boards Association (CSBA) and various county offices of education on student, labor and employee benefit issues.


He is a member of the California Bar Association and is admitted to practice in all California courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.


Mr. Manniello earned his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1997 and a B.S. in Finance from California State University, San Jose, in 1993.

New Law Clarifies That Paid Administrative Leave is Creditable for CalSTRS

By: Thomas MannielloJanae Castellani-

Student Attendance Issues in Response to COVID-19

By: Thomas MannielloBenjamin Brown-

Creditable Compensation for Paid Administrative Leave Under Review by CalSTRS

By: Thomas MannielloJanae Castellani-

New Law Expands Ban On Suspensions For "Willful Defiance" And "Disruption" In Both Public And Charter Schools, Emphasizes Importance Of Alternative Means

By: Thomas MannielloErin Frazor-

Settlement Addresses Discriminatory Treatment of Minority Students and Students with Disabilities

By: Thomas Manniello-

School Resource Officers Try to Teach Students a Lesson - and It Backfires

By: Thomas Manniello-

New Law Requires Paid Time Off for Union Stewards and Officers

By: Thomas Manniello-

Ninth Circuit Shoots Down Challenge to Law Prohibiting Concealed-Carry Permit Holders from Possessing Firearms on School Property

By: Thomas Manniello-

Retiree Work Hour Limitation Suspended for Fire and Mudslide Response Work

By: Thomas Manniello-

New Laws Impact Employers' CalPERS Obligations

By: Thomas MannielloErin Hamor-

New Laws Ease Residency and Coursework Requirements for Children of Active Duty Military Personnel

By: Thomas MannielloKyle Raney-

New Law Removes Restriction on Funding Student Field Trips

By: Thomas Manniello-

Proposed Amendments to CalSTRS Creditable Compensation Regulations Have LCAP Implications

By: Thomas Manniello-

Meet-and-Confer Requirement Does Not Apply to Pension Reform Measure Placed on Ballot through Voter Initiative Process

By: Thomas Manniello-

Supreme Court Returns Transgender Student Rights Case to Lower Court

By: Thomas Manniello-

Student Walkouts: Free Speech Rights vs. Truancy Rules

By: Sloan SimmonsThomas Manniello-

Significant Cases

Published appellate decisions he has briefed or argued include Katz v. Campbell Union High School District (2006) 144 Cal.App.4th 1024; West v. Umialik Insurance Co. (2000) 8 P.3d 1135; Northern Alaska Environmental Center v. State of Alaska, Dept. of Natural Resources (2000) 2 P.3d 629; Gerstein v. Axtell (1998) 960 P. 2d 599.

Police in Schools - The Role of a School Resource Officer

By: Thomas MannielloJenell Van Bindsbergen-

The role of law enforcement officers on school campuses is not well understood. Devon Lincoln is joined by attorney Tom Manniello, an expert in student discipline issues and discipline reform, and Jenell Van Bindsbergen, an attorney specializing in working with police officers and police departments. In a wide ranging discussion, the panelists lay out the complex issues that come up when an officer polices a school campus.