Chesley Quaide focuses on education law and labor relations and employment/labor law. He served as General Counsel of the Merced County Office of Education from 1991-2004, and has served as General Counsel of the Stanislaus County Office of Education since 1996 and the San Joaquin County Office of Education since 2006.

Before joining the firm in 1990, Mr. Quaide represented unions and individuals in state and federal court proceedings and law and motion hearings, before civil service and police commissions, in Skelly hearings, internal investigations, unemployment insurance appeals boards and in all aspects of employee grievance procedures while working as an associate for a San Francisco union labor law firm.

Representative Matters

Reported Cases

Mr. Quaide has served as lead counsel in two cases that have led to published California Court of Appeal decisions establishing important precedential rights for school districts.

  • In California Teachers Association v. Governing Board of the Hilmar Unified School District, 95 Cal.App.4th 183 (2002), the court upheld a school district’s right to negotiate with a certificated union regarding salary compensation based on factors other than years of training and years of experience.  In this case, the school district had negotiated with its certificated union to pay a one-time bonus to returning unit members, but the union and some non-returning teachers sued the school district, alleging that this agreement violated Education Code 45028 (the uniform salary schedule statute).
  • In Ripon Unified School District v. Messick, 177 Cal. App. 4th 1379 (2009), the court upheld the right of school districts to discipline and terminate tenured teachers for failing to obtain EL (“CLAD”) certification.

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

Mr. Quaide is a certified FRISK® and AB 1825 Sexual Harassment trainer. He also has presented numerous workshops and lectures on a variety of issues including collective bargaining, the Brown Act, grand juries, and other matters of interest to the educational community.


Mr. Quaide is an active contributor to the firm’s various publications.

Blog Posts


J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law
B.A., University of California, Berkeley


  • 1988, California
    U.S. District Courts, Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California
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