Dieter Dammeier is one of the founding partners and now Managing Partner of Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir APC. Dieter began his law enforcement career in 1989 as a police officer for the City of Cypress. He left Cypress in 1991 to work for the Claremont Police Department. While at Claremont he served on the POA Board of Directors and became heavily involved in negotiations and officer representation. Working full-time at Claremont, Dieter went part-time to college and then law school. He graduated in 1996 from Western State University of Law in the top 5% of his class. After becoming a fulltime attorney Dieter continued to maintain his knowledge of police work while working as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
While in law school Dieter completed an externship working at the Law Offices of Castle & Krause, a police labor firm representing San Diego area police unions. In 1997 Dieter joined Michael Lackie and formed Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir APC. He has practiced in all levels of state and federal courts in, from representing a POA President in a retaliation case before a federal jury to arguing public safety labor issues before the California Supreme Court and public employee privacy rights before the United States Supreme Court.
In the past decade, Dieter has more published Appellate Court decisions in the field of public safety labor law than most if not all of the other attorneys in the State who practice in this field. He is co-author to the most widely used resource on POBR; The Pocket Guide to the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act.
In recent years, Dieter has become the firm's primary negotiator. He has since negotiated hundreds of public safety contracts obtaining record salary and benefit increases benefiting not only LDME clients but pushing the California public safety market to record levels. Dieter has become the preeminent attorney in California for police negotiations and as such, now handles negotiations for more police associations than any other attorney in the Country.
As a PORAC LDF Panel Attorney, Dieter is also active in politics in the area of police labor issues, traveling to Sacramento and Washington D.C. to lobby legislators to improve police officer rights and assist in drafting proposed legislation to address these issues. Dieter drafted SB 1516, which imposes a monetary penalty against police management for violating an officer's rights under the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act. Dieter has testified before the State Senate on police labor legislation and was a panel advisor to the Speakers Committee on Police Conduct. Dieter has made countless appearances on local and national television advocating for his police officer clients.
Email Dieter at Dieter@policeattorney.com