Patricia (“Patty”) Lim is licensed to practice law in California (since 2000), and holds inactive licenses for Massachusetts (since 1996), and Washington (issued in 1994).
Patty received her BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 1989, and her J.D. from Rutgers Law School in 1994. Prior to going to law school Patty clerked for the Bezemek firm, working on the massive and successful UPM case the firm pursued against the Marin Community College District for laying off nearly a hundred faculty in retaliation for UPM’s 50% law lawsuit.
After graduating from Rutgers School of Law, Patty spent a year working as legal counsel for an organization which counseled approximately 600 member businesses in the Seattle area. She relocated to Boston, Massachusetts in August 1995, where she became an Associate Attorney at Morgan, Brown & Joy, a labor and employment law firm, providing legal counsel and representation for both national and local clients. After four years in Boston, she returned to California and in 2004 joined the firm, where she is the Senior Associate.
Patty has handled a number of challenging cases. In addition to her daily advice and representational responsibilities, she also attends negotiations sessions and presents on topics of interest at the CFT, CCCI and Bay 10 conferences and meetings.
In 2008, Patty and Bob successfully settled a complex retiree benefit case which reaffirmed and enforced the promise of retirement health benefits in which the Yuba Community College District pays the entire premium, for eligible retirees.
In 2008, Patty won an important arbitration victory, finding that a Bay Area community college district had taken reprisals against a Union officer by refusing to allow him to teach overload classes.
In 2009 Patty succeeded in resolving, without the need to file a lawsuit, a dispute over the rights of retirees at a North Coast community college district to receive district-paid retiree health benefits.
In 2009, Patty won an arbitration in which a community college district had arbitrarily disregarded past practice in denying summer session classes to faculty.
In 2010-11, Patty pursued an unfair labor practice charge against a Bay Area community college district that refused to provide complaint information to the union in an employee misconduct investigation, resulting in the issuance of a PERB complaint and eventually a settlement.
In 2012, Patty filed an unfair labor practice charge against a Southern California community college district that unilaterally mandated a change in counselor work locations, resulting in the issuance of a PERB complaint, and eventually a settlement of a return to the status quo.
In 2013-14, Patty pursued unfair labor practice charges against a large Southern California community college district that unilaterally changed a long-standing practice for compensating faculty who teach laboratory and summer session classes, resulting in the issuance of a PERB complaint and eventually a settlement amounting to more than $1,000,000.
Patty has frequently advised and represented academic and classified employees who are under investigation for alleged violation of district or school policies, and simultaneously enforced their union’s rights to relevant and necessary information, including copies of complaints.
Patty has also regularly defended school and college employees who are threatened with discipline, including discharge. And she has often assisted unions in representing part-time faculty who have claims for probationary or tenured status.