Michael Baranic, Legal Advisor


Michael Baranic

Legal Advisor

Michael Baranic was appointed as a Legal Advisor to Sheriff Bill Gore in 2018. He is responsible for providing legal advice to the Human Resource Services Bureau (Internal Affairs, Employee Relations, Medical Liaison Unit, Risk Management, Personnel, and Training).

Baranic provides legal opinions on a variety of employment-related issues affecting the Department. He reviews personnel policies and procedures for legal compliance and best management practices, he responds to Pitchess motions and attends the hearings, and he produces training bulletins for management. He advocates the Department's position at hearings before the Civil Service Commission. His current areas of emphasis include employment laws and policies, labor relations, Public Safety Officer Procedural Bill of Rights, civil rights and disciplinary hearings.

Prior to joining the Department, Baranic was in private practice representing public sector employees and labor unions, primarily law enforcement officers and law enforcement associations. In his private practice, Baranic represented public sector employee organizations in labor relations and negotiation matters, as well as individual members in internal investigative, administrative and disciplinary proceedings. His practice included representation of individuals and public sector employees and labor organizations before many state and federal level boards and commissions, including the California Public Employment Relations Board, the California State Personnel Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board.

Baranic earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law in 1999. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Baranic is admitted to practice in California, Arizona and the District of Columbia, as well as the United States District Court, Southern District of California; United States District Court, District of Arizona; the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; the United States Court of Claims and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the California State Bar, the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association and the San Diego County Bar Association.