Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers

Amy M. Cu

Amy Cu represents public and private sector unions in all aspects of labor relations as well as individuals in employment matters.

Amy Moolin Cu is a partner at Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers LLP.  Ms. Cu represents public and private sector labor unions and their members in state and federal court, at arbitration hearings, and before administrative agencies.  In her practice, she provides advice and consultation regarding all aspects of employment and labor relations.  Ms. Cu also represents multi-employer and single employer pension and welfare benefit plans, counseling trust funds on statutory compliance, arbitrating trustee deadlocks, and litigating ERISA matters.

During her advocacy for labor unions and their members, Ms. Cu served as lead counsel in Associated Chino Teachers v. Chino Valley Unified School District (2018) 30 Cal.App.5th 530, a seminal case which helped to establish appellate court precedent regarding public sector employee rights under the California Public Records Act and vindicated the constitutional privacy rights of public sector employees against unwarranted invasions of their personal privacy.

Other victories include obtaining six-figure settlement agreements for labor organizations and class members, achieving reinstatement and backpay for wrongfully terminated grievants, and persuading an Administrative Law Judge to rescind almost all of the layoff notices issued to teachers in an entire school district.

In her representation of public sector labor unions, Ms. Cu advocates on behalf of various employees of the University of California and California State University under the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act, as well as City and County employees under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act and employee relations ordinances. Ms. Cu has successfully challenged unfair labor practices and assisted unions in representation cases involving recognition, severance, unit modification, and decertification before the California Public Employment Relations Board and at hearings before City Managers.

In her representation of private sector labor unions, Ms. Cu’s practice focuses on grievance arbitrations involving discipline and contract interpretation disputes.  She also provides legal assistance to unions regarding day-to-day operations and issues affecting the union as an employer.  Her work in this area includes collaborating with local labor and social justice organizations to draft City ordinances and appearing before the City Council to advance labor causes.

Ms. Cu received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002.  After working for four years in human resources and payroll, she decided to attend law school in order to use the law to help working people.  During law school, Ms. Cu served as an Articles Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review.  She also clerked in the legal unit of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Los Angeles; clerked at the law firm now known as Hadsell, Stormer, Renick & Dai LLP; and externed for the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  She graduated from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2009 and joined SSDS that same year.

Ms. Cu has been invited to speak at various conferences and training sessions for union members, union staff, and attorneys.  In 2012, the Lawyers Coordinating Committee of the AFL-CIO awarded Ms. Cu its Hiatt Conference Fellowship, which is given to attorneys of color and attorneys whose work involves broadening the labor movement.  In 2019, Ms. Cu was named by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, a recognition given to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.